“If you build it, they will come.” In other words, build your dreams and make them happen.
This year has been a real challenge and turning point in many ways for me and so I have been interested in various approaches to achieving happiness and my various goals.
One of the first tasks I did was to write my own Personal Commandments as instructed by the Happiness Project. This allowed me to visualise what is important to me and what is necessary for me to live a happier life.
Second, I wrote down on some post-it notes some of my life goals at the moment, as instructed by Field of Dreams-er, and sent them in as an act that helped to actualise the dreams in my head.
Next, I redid the post-it notes and stuck them on my bedroom wall as a reminder everyday of what I want to achieve. And now I am making myself do something everyday in a step towards achieving each of these goals.
The first post-it note said “Have my photograph(s) in an exhibition/art show”.
And so, scary as it was (fear is probably the number one barrier to achieving success) I entered four of my travel photographs for the Wanderlust Amateur Travel Photo of the Year competition. Of course, the doubter in me can see where I could improve the photographs (and I didn’t do any touch-ups) and has seen much better photographs by other entrants. But you know what? If I don’t enter, I will never have that opportunity to fail let alone succeed. And I need to keep facing the fears, the low self-esteem and self-doubt. That is why I am going to share with you here the images I have submitted. Not because I want to be judged but because it is a cathartic process for me.
Monk at Mandalay Palace – Mandalay, Burma
I must admit that the cliché is true; if you face those fears and do it anyway, you feel that little bit stronger each time. I recommend you give it a go too, and please let me know what you are doing to achieve your dreams. Remember, take little steps each day and you WILL get there.