guest post by Amy Hagerup of amyhagerup.com
Do you have a big dream for the future? Is there a grandiose desire on your dream board? Sometimes that grandiose desire can sabotage your progress if you are not taking small steps of action to get there!
We have lived here in Wisconsin for 8 1/2 years now and I’ve had fun doing a little bit in our yard here and there each summer – adding trees, evergreens, mulching, etc.
But the area behind our dining room was always where I envisioned adding a sun room (my secret dream)- so I never planted there. Why plant when it would have to be dug up for my new dream sun room? It was super ugly, but my imaginary sun room made me blind to its ugliness.
Dream Bubble Burst!
Recently, my husband told me that we would NEVER add a sun room no matter how much money we had. If we had a lot of money, we should move to house with a sun room if I really wanted one that badly. Of course, my dream was crushed.
Dream Rerouted: Plan B
I resigned myself to not having a sun room, so I decided to plant a few things in that spot. My husband dug it up for me (he really is a good husband – just doesn’t approve sun room additions), and I added plants a friend gave me plus a $12.99 bush I bought, plus $4 of mulch.
I gathered stones from around our house to border it, and now I have an adorable, inexpensive garden to enjoy. I can see it from where I sit to have my devotions each morning. I absolutely love it – not quite my envisioned dream, but really fulfilling for me.
How could something that cost me so little but gives me so much pleasure have taken me 8 1/2 years to do?
Here’s the lesson: Sometimes wanting the grandiose dream paralyzes us from doing anything at all, in anticipation of the grandiose! On the contrary, a small accomplishment can bring grandiose satisfaction. Now I am still taking steps to build a nest egg for a possible house with a sun room some day that I dream about. But in the meantime, I’ll enjoy my little garden.
What grandiose dream do you have?
Want a huge thriving internet business? Then start with a blog & a regular schedule to write posts. Don’t wait till you know everything or your post is perfect!
Want to start a family? Then volunteer to care for a friend’s baby or keep the church nursery or get licensed to foster children.
Want a neat, organized house? Start with cleaning out one drawer!
What else can you think of? Start small for a big satisfaction. You will be surprised how it boosts your mental outlook! Then keep taking steps toward the big dream.
It’s all about enjoying the scenery along the way to your destination. Leave a comment of your own experiences with getting out of a paralyzed state and taking action toward accomplishing your dream!