“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoreau
If one wishes to live the life of their dreams, they must first put themselves on a path which leads to where they want to end up. They may not know where the path may twist and turn, but it is necessary to take the first step none-the-less.
This can be scary at first, and many would prefer to play it safe rather than risk everything they know. But if you behave the way you always have, how can you expect life to ever change? If life is less than satisfactory, what have you got to lose?
This is a common human ailment, and the proverbial saying, “Better the devil you know” hints at this. Most people would rather keep the devil they know, rather than risk a new devil. But this also hinders finding an angel, rather than a devil.
It does take confidence to pursue this path, but the rewards are well worth the risk. Unfortunately for some, many people find this out only when their life has become so intolerable, that they are willing to risk everything they know. Only then is the risk of the unknown a better option than remaining stagnant.
At this point, they have nothing left to lose, which can be quite liberating. Not everyone need come to this point though, and hopefully if you’re reading this you take a step towards actualizing your dreams today.
When you really start trying to live the life you desire, life has a funny way of opening doors you never thought would open up to you. This actually begins to reinforce the process, because it builds your confidence. As you see these synchronicities occurring, you are willing to risk more each time.
Many people believe that if something is meant to happen, that fate will take them there regardless of their choices or actions. But fate is more analogous to a map that can help guide and direct you. If you never take the first step on the path, however, the map is essential useless.
That is the difference between those who are living the life of their dreams, and those who are still only dreaming about it. Ambition is nothing without action.
When one realizes this, their life really does start to resemble a fantasy. You show up at exactly the right place at the right time. Life flows easily, and what seem to be coincidences continually show up in your life.
Then seemingly mundane moments become joyful. You experience success unexpectedly in the most regular of times.
This is no accident, and, unfortunately, no one can be told this and truly believe it. All I can do is point at something for you that is an understanding more complex than words can express.
One must experience it for themselves–often many, many times–before they can accept the truth. Reading about it is only a start, the next step is to start living it for yourself.