Chart Your Own Course (Machetes Optional)

Hike-A-Bike. Summer 2013

Summer 2013

   “Successful people believe in the validity of their own dreams and goals,even if dreams are all they have to go on.” ~ Denis Waitley

I so believe that quote.

My entire life, I have been a rebel. I have thought differently. I have acted differently. My thoughts, ideas, and dreams haven’t been mainstream. Much of my life, especially my younger life I felt I was fighting an uphill battle.

Despite feeling alone and often depressed, I was also quite tenacious and confident in following MY path.

After I started accomplishing some pretty cool things in life, I noticed that my big accomplishments were the ones that no one really understood or “got” when I first started pursuing them. I soon made the connection that if I had a big dream and no one supported it, then hot-diggity-dog I was on to something!

Trust me, the majority vote is not what you are looking for in living your highest potential and greatest life. Doing anything really great requires innovation.

A well traveled path is NOT a great adventure, and it’s unlikely to be the path to your deepest dreams.

So get the heck off the tourist path and explore and discover what excites YOU most. Live that stuff.

I recently got off my own course and found myself in a tourist trap. Maybe I was just a little tired and thought following a path might be easier for a change. And even though the path was well worn and well lit, and other folks loved it, I found myself very lost.

And not only was I lost, I was miserable. And miserable is never easy.

I’m writing this in case you might be off course. I want to remind you of that thing you really want to do. That thing that you think about all the time and then talk yourself out of.  That thing you’ve shared with so many people hoping they will get it, but they just don’t.

THAT THING…you should do it. In fact, you were born to do it.

It should feel scary as hell and exciting. It should make you think, “Am I crazy to think I can pull this off?”

If that crosses your mind, know with 100% certainty you are on your path. But don’t get confused…your path won’t look like a “path”…YET… you’re the one to cut it.

Say “YES!” to your biggest dream. Life is now. You aren’t guaranteed tomorrow or another year. It’s time to live like you mean it.

As A.J. Leon (author of The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit) says, “Don’t follow well-lit paths. Grab a machete and hack down your own.”

I feel blessed, I had someone (thanks Helen!) to help redirect me back to “my jungle” to hack down my most adventurous, aligned, and divine path.

And that’s what I want to do for you. I want to say:

Do what you REALLY want to do and screw the rest! Believe with all your heart that it is possible. Go for it… fully in and full out!

That’s the kind of journey that’s so worth it. And it’s the path to fulfillment, inspiration, and immense joy despite the terrain.  I don’t want you to spend another minute of your precious life second guessing your dreams or yourself.

Consider this your divine trail marker from the Universe to go for it.

So here’s to some machete action & courageously living your own version of EPIC!



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