The latest installment in Kris Rusch’s Freelancer’s Survival Guide hit me like a roundhouse left hook out of nowhere. The next thing I knew, I was staring up from the canvas, seeing stars.
Kris was writing about giving up on your dreams. Among the many great insights, one in particular delivered the most powerful blow.
“…sometimes (often!) the act of giving up on yourself is by degrees. It’s subtle. It’s settling for a little less than you want. It’s slowly moving off the path until one day you wake up and realize that not only have you left the path you wanted to walk, but you’re not even going in the right direction any more. And you got there by varying your course by half-inches instead of making hard right turns. Sometimes you didn’t even notice as you went off course.”
Those profound words sent chills of self-realization up and down my spine. The sad truth is that over the last few months I’ve suffered the self-inflicted death of dreams by half-inches. I haven’t taken sharp right turns into the ditch; I’ve slowly drifted off track.
Today I get back on track. From here on out, I’m going to perform Kris’s daily gut check. Am I making the right choices to reach my dreams? If not, why not?
You may want to do the same.