What if I told you the concept of an “authority” telling you to chase your dreams has been around since the mid-1800s?
In 1854, Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden. In it, he shared this bit of wisdom during a time when the conventional school of thought (and behavior) was to maintain the status quo and keep oneself in line.
These days, every other post is telling you to follow your passion, chase your dreams, you can do anything. You almost have to kick gurus out of the way to get to your car in the morning, right?
Yet, maybe you still aren’t seeing the success that you want and you sit back scratching your head wondering why you’ve bought all the courses, watched all the webinars, attended all the conferences and you still can’t seem to make it work.
You are not alone! Seriously.
Thoreau actually hit the nail on the head way back in the 1800s with the last line in the paragraph below.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Purpose is what provides the foundations to your passions. It’s the intersection of passion and purpose that empowers you to meet success in those uncommon hours – to leave behind the things that no longer serve you, to break through those invisible boundaries that are holding you back, and to finally achieve the things that you’ve dreamed of that seemed to elude you for so long.
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau
If you need help putting the right foundations under your castles in the air, you’ll find it at https://www.pamc.me/dream/ and I’ll look forward to seeing you there.