I have a confession to make: I’ve been on a journey of extremes these past few weeks. I had to make some drastic decisions in order to put myself first and continue on my dream journey.
Do I regret having to make these decisions? Not really. I had more of an epiphany than regret.
The dreamer’s life can sometimes throw you curve balls and I admit that it can be hard to pick yourself up when you’ve been knocked down. But the people who love you the most will stand by your side when your dream life seems to be handing you a cheap shot.
I thank God for true friends and a family that loves me.
(A special thank you goes out to fellow dreamers, Catherine and Iman of 8 Women Dream for being my rock).
Sometimes when you are working your dream life there can be people close to you who won’t support you in the way you thought they would, or they may even go into competition with you. This can be difficult to understand and a shocking realization that maybe you don’t have the type of close relationship that you once thought.
Dreaming can bring out the very worst in people sometimes. I don’t understand why. Many people have told me that this can happen, but it was still a bitter pill to swallow.
I get that this can be part of the dream process…like some sort of test to make sure that you are serious about your dream, but honestly, it isn’t fun to go through it.
Even though stuff like this will make you want to quit…you can’t. You can’t let other people destroy your dream. You have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and take a big leap for your dream — regardless of how you are feeling.
So in honor of dream-leaping, this Saturday I am giving a motivational talk at a women’s event. The topic is: Love Yourself.
Loving yourself is an important factor in making your dreams come true. It’s the strength that prevents you from quitting. It’s the perseverance that makes you deliver your very best — even when you don’t feel like it.
Here are 3 reasons why you must love yourself while on your dream journey:
1. You can only achieve your greatest dreams if you are not afraid to fail. You will learn to stare fear in the face and continue on. This is the ultimate test of how much you love yourself and your dream.
2. Your dream journey will be full of challenges that will test your strength of will. You will struggle, push and cry on your dream journey. You will question why and how, but you will become so much more than you are now. You will grow to love who you become.
3. In doing and giving your very best, you build strength and beat a path for others to follow in your footsteps. You become accidental leaders showing the world that with dreaming, all things are possible. In loving yourself, you teach those that follow you to love themselves too and this love can spread and change the world.
Often it’s easy to forget that you must lovingly care for yourself (and your thoughts about your dreams) while you are living the dreamer’s life. You can end up questioning your self-worth, if you deserve what you seek, and the value of what you are offering the world.
You are meant for more than the limits that you put on your dreams. You can’t change people, but you can love yourself enough to continue down the dreamer’s path.
Let’s show how much we love ourselves this week by picking ourselves up and starting again, shall we?
Just pursue it,
Sue Levy is the founder of the South African Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. She’s a motivational writer and media designer, who is obsessed with everything inspirational with a hint of geek. She thrives on teaching women how to be brave and take big chances on themselves. You can find Sue on her Twitter page @Sue_Levy.
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