I was watching Morgan Freeman last night on Oprah’s Master Class episode and realized that life IS what happens to you while you are busy making plans.  And if you pay attention to life, your dreams are more likely to come true.  He wanted to be an actor from when he was a young child and he stayed focused and listened for the signs in life that helped him become who he is today.

What I learned from Mr. Freeman:

1)  Do you really want your dream to come true.  If so, keep reading.  If not, go take a nap 🙂

2)  Identify something everyday to work towards your dream–and pay attention to the signs along the way.  What are they telling you?

3)  Be careful of Paralysis through Analysis—If you want to write a book, start one page at a time.  If all you focus on is the final product (and I am not saying to forego your vision)–you will become overwhelmed and pessimistic about the possibilities–Think J.K.Rowlings

3) Be open and cautious about saying NEVER.  I am currently in a job that I once said I would never do. It has been the best and most rewarding job I have ever had–(Thank you providence.–Fortunately I acted at the right time!–I listened)

4) Remind yourself that dreams change forms along the way.  You can’t be too overly specific while searching. Better said, if you are overly specific, at least be flexible to providence and the willingness to alter as life happens.  My sister wanted to give back to the world and help people feel better about themselves.  She is now a Pilates instructor helping many people not only become fit and healthy but using this as physical therapy for those that need it.  She loves it!  Being a Pilates instructor wasn’t specifically her dream.  She took risks along the way, did many things that related to giving back and, now at the age of 49 is one of the most well known Pilates instructors in Spain.

5)  Be patient, persistent, courageous and committed.  Without these things….your providence has the chance of prospering as much as winning the lottery.

FYI–Morgan Freeman became an ACTOR, from his description at the age of 50.

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Self-Confidence:  belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities

Calvin and Hobbes always seem to get it right 🙂

If you don’t belief in yourself, your abilities, and your capacity to learn, you probably aren’t going to get very far.  I am not talkng about the kind of confidence where one says they believe they can fly a plane and then goes out to fly one with no training.  This would most likely lead to disaster.  I would call that person arrogant, delusional, and irrational.  However, the better question is do you believe you can learn how to fly a plane, or better yet, do you really want to learn how to fly a plane.

We must, however, be realistic about our capabilities.  For instance, I am today 47, I would love to be a back up dancer for Madonna and Lady Gaga.  Certainly I believe I can learn dance steps and even learn an entire dance performance.  After all, I took ballet, tap and jazz for 11 years from the ages of 4-11, was successful at that time and even thought I was pretty good.  And yet, I don’t think I would make the cut.  Some might say, “how do you know?, did you try? go realize your dreams?, Be confident!”  But alas, this isn’t what I am talking about.

I am also not talking about the confidence that says, “my way or the highway!”  This also is arrogant.  If we have learned anything, I hope one of them is that there are mulitple ways to get to the end of the rainbow.


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