Sometimes there’s a dream within the dream.
It’s hidden inside, so you might not even see it. Look closer.
Entrepreneurs and executives set life and business goals for their lives, and then once we achieve them, we set higher goals.
Yet sometimes, there’s a far more magnificent dream that comes along with the one you were trying to achieve. You have achieved the goal, and then you’ve gained something even bigger – like perhaps a new city, or relationship, or an entirely new revenue stream or group of friends.
I experienced this in two ways when I traveled to Colorado for the Creede mountain run. I’m an avid mountain and trail runner, but not because I like to exercise. I’m a trail runner because I achieved a dream of having a child, and then after that I needed a solution to get my body back. So I began running and discovered a magnificent new lifestyle of running in the woods like a child. Now when I write or coach a client, we often do it on the trail. There was a dream within the dream. When Reebok asked me to write about their running shoes, it was yet another huge goal I had wanted to achieve – but in the future – and I had not anticipated that it would just happen. But it did. Because of my lifestyle, they contacted me.
How about you?
As we approach 2017 and you contemplate your personal and business goals, don’t set limits on what’s possible. Want to live on the ocean? Build your business around that dream and do it. Want to live in two or three cities? Talk to your family, modify the way you life, learn, and work and take the leap of faith.
You can build your life so that your life long dreams and business intersect.
And that will ensure that you experience dreams within the dream – meaning that when you set specific, tangible goals, you will also experience accelerated and unexpected growth.
Are you prepared for it?
To your legacy,
During the Thanksgiving season, Why do we automatically contemplate giving back to others during the month of November? It’s like the hint of fall and the smell of turkey are a trigger for packing up gloves and coats, serving the homeless, or giving back in some other way.
If you pay attention, you start to see a shift, from the hectic activities of the year to the warm-hearted ads between football games, articles or blog posts about the homeless, or serving meals to the elderly. There’s a variety of ways to give, and it can be confusing to figure out. If you’re a busy professional like most of us – the giving season sneaks up on you.
Life is hectic, work requires attention, and your family, your relationships, and your business take up most of your time.
Here’s three easy ways to give:
Give out of your core values. Determine what you and your family feel most passionate about and choose that.
Is it the elderly?
Select a local retirement community and stop in. Most will need volunteers to serve the patients left behind on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Deliver flowers, roam the halls, talk to them.
Volunteer at your closest local homeless shelter. In every city, they exist! In some cities, thousands of children sleep on the street or in shelters every night.
Gather your entire family together one night during Thanksgiving week for a Giving Project right in your own home – and write inspirational notes or cards for our Words are Currency program!
Write anything you want, and then send one big envelope with the letters, to our team at OnFire Books! During the months of December and January we will distribute the cards and notes to kids and adults that need it most!
The point is, there’s a lot of opportunity to give. Thanksgiving, may just be the best season of all.
“Heroes are created in the moment of crisis.”
Legendary golfer, Chi Chi Rodriguez, was standing in my kitchen when he told me that. He said it was a life lesson his father taught him. We talked a lot about fear and courage that day, as it relates to business and life. We all have things we feel fearful or hesitant about and it’s this statement that reminds us to address them head on, and push through that feeling.
I don’t know about you, but the biggest challenges I’ve faced are often so much bigger in my mind far before they ever are in reality.
No matter what you’re facing, as we enter into this holiday season, take comfort in the understanding that you’re not alone.
Don’t succumb to the naysayers, the blues, or the obstacles in your life or business path. This next year is going to be filled with love, growth, and opportunity!
When faced with an obstacle, consider keeping a journal by your bed and writing down a list of action steps you can take to overcome. Just the simple act of planning, and making the list, provides a sense of comfort and allows you to feel more in control. The next time you’re faced with a crisis – consider it an opportunity to warrior up!
To your legacy,
I quit my job after 12 years and flew to Romania to work in an orphanage. When I looked into the sea-blue eyes of Michael, a toddler with a shock of platinum hair, I knew I would never go back to work. My corporate job was stellar, and I had traveled all over the world from Singapore, to Zurich, to Buga, to Anguilla and beyond. But I knew that season was over and that I would never go back to the life I’d had before.
I had a strong vision and desire to live a life of purpose. After the trip working in orphanages, I returned to America, but not for long. The sound of the children’s voices remained with me, as I remembered them lined up, singing “Take me with you back to America.”
I went to Romania again, determined to rescue one or more, and then learned that the country had closed down their adoption program. It was a disappointment, however I continued to live a life of service. I had my own two sons and learned that if you have faith, and take action, your life will be richer than you’d ever known.
In the years since that initial trip I’ve traveled to Peru, climbed Macchu Picchu, played with street kids, fed the homeless, traveled back to Romania many times to build swingsets in orphanages, and worked disaster relief. My two boys came with me and worked the tornado relief in Joplin, Missouri with Operation Blessing.
I began writing books from planes, cars, jungles, hotels, trains, and sidewalk cafes in Argentina, London, Belize and beyond.
We began to live the lifestyle of adventurers, wandering the earth with intentionality, writing books and learning along the way.
No matter what your life or family goals are – nothing is impossible. If you feel pressured, unhappy, stressed, or limited by work hours, think of how you can make a change.
Design your own life, with your legacy in mind.
I loved my time in the corporate world and now I love that I get to be inside companies writing books and working with executives and CEOs. The early experiences shaped me and prepared me for life as an entrepreneur. What is it you want to do? Being an entrepreneur is often alluring because people believe it’s a life of freedom – but it doesn’t come without long sleepless nights, lots of cash, sacrifice, and time invested in your business.
Quitting your job might just mean that it’s time to take a sabbatical, go to school, or enter an entirely new industry with a job that fits your needs and legacy more perfectly. Either way, you don’t have to settle. There’s a great life out there and it doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s. You can live your dream, whether it’s traveling the world or doing something great and serving others, right in your own local community.
To Your Legacy,
– Tammy Kling