“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”   Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book

You’ve been wrestling with dueling visions of your future for a while.  You could stay where you are, do what you’re doing and actually feel fairly happy, satisfied and blessed.  But on the other hand, you have a dream in your heart.  A dream of a different career, different mission, a totally different future from your current path.

Is it time for you to quit your job, jump out into the big wide world and follow your dreams?  Should you instead choose to be reasonable, put aside these crazy notions, and dig in to do better, be better where you are now?  Your common sense tells you one thing while your heart screams out something completely different!

Maybe your choice is to do… NEITHER?

Following a dream does mean “burning the ships” as Hernando Cortez did in 1519 on the Yucutan peninsula.  He and his men were in search of treasure, and he knew he had to take failure off of the table as an option.  “If we’re going home,” he told his men, “we will go in THEIR ships.”  Some visions, some dreams require being absolutely sold out to the cause.  But when did that become the only option?  Are our only options “ALL” or “NOTHING”?  I say a resounding “Have you lost your stinkin’ mind?!  Of course those aren’t the only choices!”

For you, it may simple be taking that first “little step.”  Not quitting your job, but instead committing your Saturdays to developing your dream.  It may mean taking that night class, or spending money on incorporation and equipment rather than a weekend in Vegas.  But take the step, even if it’s a little one!  Choose to start saving money, or getting your training.  Look for a location or schedule your daily writing time.  Take. A. Step!

If it takes you ten years to realize your dream, consider this… how much older will you be then?  Ten years?  The SAME ten years older you will be if you don’t take those steps.  So do it… NOW!

“Only those who play win. Only those who risk win. History favors risk-takers. Forgets the timid. Everything else is commentary.” Iveta Cherneva

What is ONE STEP you could take today that will start you on the path to your dreams?