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“Life is a bunch of accidents that happen to you and somehow you survive them by taking advantage of them and then something magical happens and violá - you have the beginning of your dream. But the accidents are the result of an intention - an intention created from a dream you are passionate about. So passionate, so strong is your passion that the energy of it fuels your intention. And when it becomes so strong that not even the Universe can deny it, that’s when the “accidents” take place. The double-edged sword, the element that makes it all happen - that binds it all together - you have to be okay if it doesn’t happen! It’s the excitment of the possibility of the adventure of the nothingness. You must be willing to trade what you have, that may look great but feels wrong for this nothing that could be something. It’s the excitement of having the courage to leave behind what you have for the possibility of what could be. You must be able to let go of what you have. You must not need it or let it define who you are. You must be okay without it and you must be okay if the nothing turns into that - just nothing. You become okay with the decision simply because you made the decision! It’s the act of leaving what isn’t supporting you for the possibility of something better that makes you like yourself more for simply making this decision. What’s my dream? How do you recognize your true dream from all the other wants and desires in your life? If you enjoy the process, it’s your dream! If you are enduring the process, desperate for the result, it’s somebody else’s dream!” –Salma Hayek
Follow Your True Dream
The more you interact with people these days, the more they are likely to tell you that they find themselves stuck in life’s situation. These days, it is hard to come by individuals who say that they are radiantly happy because of the choices they have made in life!
Do you know why that happens? Why is it that most of the people just find themselves “enduring” a situation?
The answer is simple - they are not doing it for themselves. They are working towards fulfilling someone else’s dream instead of their own! That’s the one and only reason why they are unfulfilled, unsatisfied and unhappy.
Making a Choice for Yourself
Life does present itself with many opportunities; and at every bend and curve that you come across, you have to make a choice. A choice for yourself. Something that makes you happy and is not made by others who you think are in charge of your life.
The moment you do that, life itself takes a new turn. Sure, things may not be easy, and there are many more challenges that present itself; but once the decision to please yourself has been made, the challenges seem like adventures.
The thrill of going through a roller coaster ride is what it is like, when you begin to live life to fulfill what you really want and not what others want for you.
Life will then become a series of “happy accidents”. When you choose to follow your dreams and are really passionate about them, the Universe begins to conspire to make your dreams come true.
Surely, it is no bed of roses. But even when you are walking on a bed of thorns, it does not hurt as much because you know that the desired end is in sight.
This is never the case when you are living off someone else’s dream. It might bring about some temporary payoffs, but they seem miniscule in front of the mammoth problems that come with it. It may seem like an endless tunnel with no light at the end of it to look forward to.
You do not need anyone to tell you that you must take a certain course of action in life, and nor does any other human being have the right to be judgemental about the life you are leading. But you deserve to make a choice for yourself.
Begin by asking yourself, “Am I truly happy, with where I am in life, or would I like to see myself somewhere else?”
When you ask yourself this simple question, the little voice in your head (that tends to drown out ever so often) will come out and give you the answer you are seeking.
Taking the First Step
You have to muster up all your courage to leave behind what you have and go for the possibility of what can be. It is not an easy decision to make, and it is likely that you will have many naysayers all around you; but this is the only way that you can truly move ahead.
It is ok sometimes to go with the flow; and in due course of time you will realise the wealth of opportunities that life will present you with, when you choose to follow your passion.
There is indeed nothing better in the whole wide world than living your dream. The world does not seem dull and boring, but a riot of colours that fill out every inch of your life. You begin to face challenges head on and no longer feel like you are enduring pains, because you are indeed doing it for yourself! And that my friends, is the biggest payoff that you can possibly ask for!
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This article is generously contributed by Michael Lee from 20 Day Persuasion
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