3 Steps to Living Your Dreams

January 16, 2017 By

What’s your current excuse reason for why you aren’t acting on or pursuing a dream? The size of the dream is irrelevant. What’s stopping you? Seriously. Take a moment and think about it, then finish this sentence:

I don’t pursue my dream of ____________ because ______________.

Don’t miss this. Get out a piece of paper and write down that sentence filling in the blanks as you go along. “I don’t know” is not a valid response, so if you’re looking for a viable excuse, go ahead and peruse the selection of common ones below. Choose one or customize it to fit you. Be honest.

  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I don’t have the right equipment.
  • I don’t want to fail.
  • I don’t have enough support.
  • All of the above.

When it really comes down to it, we can call it reasons or excuses. For whatever reason, you’re just not committed enough to your dream or goal to start acting upon it. No judgment and plenty of understanding are coming toward you right now.

I get it. I’ve been there. I’m still there more often than I’d like to be. BUT, and this is a big but, it doesn’t change anything. It really doesn’t. When you get to the end of your life and haven’t fulfilled the small and large commitments you made to yourself, all of the excuses aren’t going to make you feel better or less guilty.

Why not just change it now, one dream at a time? My challenge for you today is to complete the sentence above and then complete the following statement:

I WILL pursue my dream of ____________ because _______________.

Need some help answering the why? Here’s another helpful list:

  • I am a strong, powerful woman who can make anything happen when I set my mind to it.
  • I am a creative problem solver who can find the resources I need to make this happen.
  • I have faith in my ability to take one step at a time toward this dream.
  • I believe this is something that I’m designed/destined/called to do and that the resources I need will show up.
  • I have support to help me if I am just willing to humble myself and ask for help.
  • I am stronger than I realize, braver than I believe and capable of more than I give myself credit for.
  • All of the above.

The last step of the challenge is to share your two statements with someone. I’ll make it even easier for you. Share your two completed statements on any social media site, on my facebook page or instagram, in an email or in the contact form. Then you’ll have completed all 3 steps in less than 5 minutes.

You’re off to a good start… don’t delay, don’t hesitate, don’t second guess yourself. Go with your gut instinct when you fill out the statements. Remember, no judgment here, only support to move you closer to your dreams, goals and living the life you’ve only imagined up until now.

Take action now! I’m cheering for you!


  1. Complete Statement 1
  2. Complete Statement 2
  3. Share your two statements with someone.
  4. BONUS: Capture your statement(s) with an image. It could be the way you feel, a resource for pursuing your goal, the person you shared with, anything.

7 Comments on "3 Steps to Living Your Dreams"

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  2. Leslie Wilson
    January 16, 2011

    I don't pursue my dream of becoming a vocational photographer because when things get hard, I quit trying. I will pursue my dream of becoming a vocational photographer because my daughters need a mom who is completely committed to what she believes in to model success for them.

    • Tasra Dawson
      January 17, 2011

      You're not alone. I know many aspiring pro photographers who struggle with the courage and commitment to really make a stand. You've certainly got a compelling reason to make it happen though! Would love to see you start making steps today!

  3. [...] first challenge was naming the reasons we resist pursuing what we love, then articulating why we are capable of [...]

  4. Tracy
    January 22, 2011

    I don't pursue my dream of being a photographer because I lack confidence,time,money,more equipment ect... and that it will interfere with my family>>>>I will pursue my dream of being a photographer because I believe I can and I don't want to fail me and look back on life and the what if's!!!0

    • Tasra Dawson
      January 24, 2011

      Such great honesty in your comment. You can move forward with confidence Tracy! I believe in you.

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