I have heard it said you should chase your dreams. I believe we have to pay attention to our words. Inadvertently we create things unconsciously. What we say becomes a subliminal message to ourselves. We can psych ourselves up or out of something by hat we say. Words create our world and we have to be mindful of how we use them. I happened to see something that said “chase your dreams” and I stopped because of the feeling it gave me. I started to feel tired. Remember playing Tag? You run around chasing people. And, there was always one time when you were It and you seemingly ended up chasing everyone for the entirely of recess without tagging someone! At some point, you were tired of chasing. However, the goal was to Tag someone, in essence you were capturing them.
I don’t want to chase the dream, I want to capture it. When we talk about chasing dreams what we forget to say is that last part, “capture it” – that’s important. Yes, chase it, but when you run at some point you have to reach the goal. If I’m chasing something I have no problem narrating the story, but at the end of the story needs to go like this, “And she captured it! The end.” Then, we can go on to another book, volume, narrative, adventure, or series and have the end of the story go like this, “And she captured it. The end.” With each dream, goal, or desire there is the chase and capture. That capture has to be in there. Who wants to run after something like a hamster on a wheel?
Chase whatever makes your heart sing, whatever motivates you, and have it be so amazing that you can’t help be inspired to capture it. And then, do it again, and again, and again, and again. Keep capturing your goals and dreams. Take these on while you are on the chase:
- Watch your words and thoughts.
- Clarify your goal.
- Identify the steps to get to your goal.
- Involve others.
- Be prepared for obstacles.
- Be flexible
- Keep going until you capture it.
There is no straight line to your goal. There has been no straight line to my goals either. From Ohio, to Georgia, back to Ohio, now in Texas (soon to move to Arlington!), beginning and finishing graduate school after 3.5 years (captured it!), and all the things in-between. Many goals have been captured, and I keep going from goal to goal ending the chapter with, “And she captured it! The end.” I encourage you to keep running, capturing, and repeating to see all your dreams and goals coming to fruition. And, I invite you Create Your Strategy, a teleworkshop, hosted by me to work with you on creating an effective plan to capture your goals.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs by Eminem and the opening lines:
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted. One moment.
Would you capture it or just let it slip?