It is a great day to be alive. Welcome to NeverTheLess, and thanks so much to all of you who take time to drop a word to show you were here. You are loved and appreciated.
My bags are packed and I am ready to embark on a trip I had taken all of one month to plan for. The day has finally come, and I am moving one step closer to the destiny I have always wanted but honestly, making this trip alone sucks! As long as the trip was still in the future, I was fine, but the moment it became a present possibility I started to look for reasons why I may not be able to make the trip. It had nothing to do with the fact that the event I was going to speak at was no longer important or relevant to my dream, but it was mainly because I am afraid of traveling alone.
Have you ever felt that chasing after and living your dream will be more fun if you had someone working alongside you? I feel like that so many times. So as I sat on the edge of my bed wondering who should have been going on this trip with me, it suddenly dawned on me that so many of these trips I will have to go alone!
So I picked up my bags, hopped in the car and headed to the airport. Every now and then the thought will occur to me one more time, you are traveling alone! And each of those times, I brace myself and say, it is the reality of living a dream, sometimes you must go alone.
Here are some questions you should ask yourself when living the dream becomes lonely:
1. WHO – Who are you called to? Who were you called with? Once you are sure whom you are called to and the impact you can make, it makes facing the journey alone a bit less scary.
2. WHAT – The 'What' question is pretty easy. It is the question that provides you with a plan. What are you called to deliver through your dream? How important is the ‘what’ of your dream to the lives you are called to serve? Who else do you know who will be able to provide the ‘what’ as you can? Again, it enhances the importance of facing this trip, even though alone.
3. WHEN – The next question you should answer to convince yourself to get on the dream bus is the ‘When’ question. This is simply about the lifespan of your dream and your call. Do you think the opportunities and the people will always be there? Do you think the need will always be there? The answer to the When question is usually, NOW. So again, if you have to live this dream NOW, then shouldn’t you get on the bus?
4. WHERE – It is imperative that you know where you are called to express your dream. I mean if you are called to your immediate family alone, then maybe you are exempt from getting on the dream bus alone, but if not, then travel you must, and sometimes alone is how you must travel.
5. WHY – This is our last question for now. Why you? Why this dream? Why the audience? Why? I know for instance that I am the one called to do what I do, because I have been endowed with the potential to do so. I have the experience to tell the story, and my audience is probably me a few short years back. In other words, your why, qualifies you and puts in perspective for you why getting on the bus is expedient. Maybe because except you do it, no one else might be able to do it the way you do it. There is also the fact that it is the passion that has consumed you.
Now back to my trip, I have been on that trip and many more alone. Each time even though getting out of the house is scary, once out there, I cannot but be grateful to God for the opportunity.
What steps do you have to take today alone, in order to enhance your dream life? Remember that dream chasers travel the road less travelled. Get on that bus. One thing is sure; you will make your destination NeverTheLess. I promise you will!