I love getting emails from readers of my book. Most of the comments I receive are from those sharing how my story has helped them realize that they too, can make their dreams come true. Often, I’m asked for advice on how to overcome certain challenges that stand in the way of their dreams.
Recently, a reader from the other side of the world wrote and expressed this challenge.
Vernon wants to live on a boat and sail around the world but has some things standing in his way. They’re not bad things, but rather they’re the good things in his life. He is experiencing what I found when I wanted to go sailing: The primary obstacles to achieving our grandest dreams and loftiest goals are the good things in our lives.
We have careers, businesses, families, partners, homes, cars, kids, school, dogs, cats, and more. The obstacle can be as simple as, “I’ve always wanted to move to Italy for a year, but who would watch the cat?” Vernon has two large dogs and a great career. There’s not really room on a boat for two Great Danes so what does he do, just leave them? And, what will become of his career and income if he chooses to follow his dream of going sailing? He would have to find another way to pursue his career while onboard.
Few great accomplishments are ever achieved without risk. Usually the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. In my case, I gave up my career, income, home, security, and identity for the chance at making my dream come true. My passion drove me to risk it all.
Vernon has to decide how big of a risk he’s willing to take on behalf of his passion. How far is he willing to go to achieve his dream? It’s all about trade-offs and the amount of risk you’re willing to take. Only Vernon can decide what is right for him, and only you can decide what is right for you. I’m glad to be helping Vernon and you with your dreams.
Fair winds and following seas,