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Stop “pursuing” your dreams

“Try to put well in practice what you already know; and in so doing, you will in good time, discover the hidden things which you now inquire about. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.” -Rembrandt

If you’re pursuing your dreams, does that mean you never get to experience what you love until the future rescues you by showing up with a beautiful gift-wrapped box of opportunity?

If that sounds like you, then stop pursuing and start practicing.

Practice is the process of doing something that you want to do before you’re able to do it.

If you want to learn a new language, you have to start speaking in that language before you really know how to speak in that language.

If you want to learn how to cook, you have to start cooking before you really know how to cook.

It is impossible to do something new if you insist on being able to it well before you start doing it at all.

Dreams are no exception.

We’re often told to pursue our dreams, but I think a supplementary metaphor is required.

A pursuit is when you chase after a goal.

The implication of a pursuit is that 1) you’re currently not in possession of whatever it is you’re chasing and 2) you will never be able to directly engage what you’re chasing until, or unless, you’re successful in your efforts to catch up to it.

Practice, on the other hand, is when you directly engage your goals in the immediate present by participating in the here-and-now reality of what you desire at whatever level is possible for you.

Metaphorically representing our dreams as a pursuit can have the effect of making us opportunity obsessive.

Metaphorically representing our dreams as practice can help keep us rooted in the actual work that we dream of doing.

Dreams not only can be pursued; they can also be practiced.

As my grade-school basketball coach once warned us, “only those who practice get to play.”

Why you should follow your dreams even if you “fail”

When you move in the direction of your dreams, you initiate an alchemical process that results in your spiritual and psychological transformation.

The challenges you’ll have to overcome, the fears you’ll need to face, the mistakes you’ll make, the ecstatic moments you’ll experience, the people you’ll meet—these will all be triggers activating aspects of your soul that you never knew existed.

It’s impossible to pursue a dream while remaining the same person that you were when you first conceived the dream.

Following your heart is not only a creative journey of going after what you want, it is also an evolutionary journey of becoming who you really are.

Here’s today’s two cents:

The real magic isn’t in Oz. Following the yellow brick road leads to YOU. And once you actualize the Possible You, you’ll cherish that fact far more than any fantasies you originally set out to chase.

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

There’s always room for one more

Everyone’s trying to write a book these days. Why don’t you give it a try? There’s always room for one more.

Everyone”s trying to start there own business lately. Why don’t you give it a shot? There’s always room for one more.

Everyone’s trying to be creative and pursue their dreams. Why don’t you chase after yours? There’s always room for one more.

It doesn’t matter how many people there are in your field. You’re relevance is irreplaceable, indispensable, and irrefutable.

There’s always room for you to do what you feel called to do. There’s always room for you to pursue what your heart wants to pursue.

If there wasn’t, God would have never created YOU!

T.K. Coleman

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