When the arrival of the future you want will be determined by something you can’t control, what do you when the result your waiting for doesn’t come? The first time. The second time. The third time….
When that game changing factor:
the love of your life;
the once-in-a-lifetime win;
doesn’t come through?
Change bearings or stay the course?
Some would say let it go. It’s a fool that keeps hoping for a lost cause. Find another dream that is not dependent of random good fortune falling your way. But when you hear that advice, you have to wonder if the person dishing it out has ever had a dream they’ve really been sold out for. In your world, you know full well that giving up that dream is an incredibly difficult, painful, and gut-wrenching call to make.
Whatever your decision remember that it is indeed your choice. Time marches on regardless of the road you take and all will eventually reach a point where going back is no longer an option. So, despite how crazy the dream might sound to someone else, the only person you really need to convince of its merit is yourself. The only way to understand its merits is to fully understand the ramifications of the choice.
If you fail, you will have to be the one to wrestle through it.
If the dream turns out to be less than you expected, you must be the one to resolve the difference.
If you succeed, you will be the one who will have to decide how much you’ll let the accomplishment change you (because it will).
This not a message to give up. It’s your call to attention.
Seek out the consul of friends, meditate, research, learn the stories of the giants who have gone before – do what it takes to make sure that before you commit your heart and soul, the dream is really worth the sacrifice. Above all else, be prepared with your answer to “what’s next?”.