I wanted to write this blog, so I may share how I made my dream come true.
A couple years ago, I accompanied my dad as he moved down to the Cayman Islands. I fell in love with the island, & I knew right away that I wanted to build a life for myself on Cayman. When I got back, I decided to hatch a plan to get there, but as many things I had tried to that point, it fettered away as the noise of “it’s impossible”, “it’s not meant to be” or “I don’t have what it takes” ate away at my resolve. After all, it was safer to stay where I was.
For the next couple of years, I continued to work a job that paid the bills yet was not my passion. I tried a couple of side projects, but they didn’t go far. I wasn’t completely committed to them, and honestly, I wasn’t looking to succeed; I was just looking for a way out of my current situation.
Then one day, I made a decision. If I really wanted to make my dream come true, I would have to really do it. 100% No shit, No kidding. I was ready to move past the fear and commit to this goal without any reservation in my head or in my heart. It was time to accept that I could accomplish anything I believed that I could accomplish, so I came up with a plan of action that focused on completing specific tasks each week and rewarded myself when I reached my weekly goal (upgrading my wardrobe by 1 piece of clothing each week because I deserved it).
It took 6 weeks to get a job in Cayman. It was not as easy you would like to think. TV and movies depict fantasies of success. Real life was tougher, but I didn’t have to do it alone. I had help in every step that I took, and on June 14th, I was offered a position. In my journey, I learned these truths that lead me to succeed.
- Decide whether or not what you are going to do is worth doing, and if it is, do it 100% until it is finished. You will know if you are meant to do what you’ve decided to attempt. You will be excited by the thought of starting out. However, this is an all or nothing proposition. It will work no other way because it requires all that you have to do something great. Half measures will avail you nothing.
- Invite God to be a partner in this enterprise. He is great for guidance and strength. I spent a few nights frustrated that people were not getting back to me about my resume, there were no jobs available or questioning if I was doing something wrong. When I calmed myself down, I asked God for help. The most simple and powerful prayer, help, which came in many forms. Whether it was something I read, a person I talked to or an idea that came out of nowhere, God always came through for me.
- Believe that God can do anything. He can do for you what you cannot do for yourself. He is your ace in the hole.
- If you and God are partners in this venture, assuming this is His will for you, accept that you are doing God’s work. God’s work is successfully completed because it is His will.
- What do you really believe? Whether you will fail or succeed, you are right. This is how you can get in the way or choose to surrender. This is the foundation, and it has to do with what you believe in your innermost core about what you feel will be the outcome. Winning athletes don’t take the field feeling that they are going to lose.
When I put those together with a plan of action, I created a wave of positive momentum. I was excited to wake up to all the possibilities that lie in wait for me. Each time I hit a speed bump, I got the support I needed from friends and family, but I did not let it stop me from achieving what I desired.
You have the ability to create the same amount of success for yourself in whatever endeavor you choose. You just have to be willing to put in the work.
So, what are you going to do in your life?