So let’s get really personal and practical. Let’s dissect one of my dreams. My hope is that you can use a similar process to do the same with one of your big dreams. That is, if you are daring enough to take that dream back out from under the rug you swept it under, and daring enough to get a little messy when the dust starts flying around you.
(If you are completely unsure what your dreams even are, I would suggest reading my FREE Messy Canvas e-Book. It may stir something up inside you that you have long forgotten or it may awaken you to something new that your heart wants to go after.)
One of my biggest dreams is that I want to be an artist, and a dream within that dream is I want to be a writer. (I could get even more specific and say I want to write a book. The more specific the better.) So, I start to unpack all the excuses I’ve made for why I can’t possibly be a writer now. I ALWAYS start with the excuses because these are the reasons I give myself for not beginning to live out my dream. These are the actual things standing in my way from the life I want:
- I don’t have the time or space in my life. (The Marginal Excuse)
- I’m a mom. I can’t create with kids around always interrupting. (The Responsibility Excuse)
- I don’t have good inspiration. I need to be somewhere inspiring. I need to travel to be inspired. (The Have-Not Excuse)
- I won’t make any money doing it. I should be doing something with my time that brings in $. (The Foolish Excuse)
- I can’t pick what I would focus my writing on. Should I write fiction or non-fiction. Should I blog or should I submit writing to be published? Should I go for a book deal or should I self- publish? Should I write about parenting or art or spirituality or what? (The Perfection Excuse)
- No one would want to read what I write. (The I’m Too Small Excuse)
Then I dive into each excuse and begin to unpack it.