Have you had a life long dream come true?

You have dream that you have been working on for a while. You have been putting in the work. Making the changes in your life, sacrificing, and now you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You are at the starting line for the 5K you have been training for. You are on the plane headed for the destination that you have saved for years to visit. You wrote a book, it has been edited, and you finally have a book cover design that brings it all to reality. How are you feeling at this point? Nervous, excited, happy that this long process is finally coming to an end?

The Red Chair

I can tell you it feels very surreal. I finished writing my first draft of my book four months ago and that felt amazing. I then found a publisher and started the conversations and process of getting it edited and published. Motivation Champs have been great to work with and very helpful. Every step has been an adventure and I have learned something new at every turn. I keep taking the next step and it seems to get me closer and closer to the goal. The writing was cathartic, therapeutic really. Writing about things that I got to experience and now I am sharing with you the reader. Maybe you experienced something similar, or something completely different. I found that each chapter I wrote revealed something that I may or may not have realized was within me to discuss. I have learned to appreciate a good conversation with a relative, an old friend, and even new acquaintances. Emotions come into play when you are planning and then finishing the dream. You have seen what you thought it should look like and yet it may be something entirely different than you imagined and you love it all the more.

What are your dreams and what are you doing to see them come to completion? Is it writing a book, building a business, or something bigger and better? Don't stop believing in your dream. Take one more step today, if you can. Find the strength to get up and push forward where you need to. Do you need help, a guide along the path or journey, to encourage you and your success? Do not be afraid to ask. I bet someone is right there ready to help. Maybe you need a coach, an outside voice or perspective.

Now is the time!

Finish your journey!

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When You Survive This

“When you survive this, it will not be because someone said you could - Although it’s good to be reminded from time to time. And when you survive this, it will not be because you had money in the bank or a roof over your head - Because there may come a time when you have neither, and still, you will survive this.” – Peter Chyikowski

This title could be a mantra, a reminder of what you want or need in your life. It could be a speech given by a coach or a mentor that inspires you to push through the tough times or the grief. It could be something that you say to yourself over and over to help remind yourself of the great things to come. It is a short story, and the above is only a small clip of the total short story. Learn more about the author Peter Chyikowski.

I found out about 2 months ago, that another friend of mine lost his battle with mental illness. It reminds me that the struggle is real on a daily basis. My best friend from high school talked to him the morning of his death. Shared what he could, tried to encourage him, but it was not enough to overcome the demons.  Since then, that same best friend from high school past away and about 3 weeks later we lost another schoolmate. Both are pictured at a reunion a few years ago.

We all have our own unique struggles. Just because your struggle is not a matter of life or death does not make it less important. It is the reality that you are living in right now. When we take on the mindset that, “When you survive this…” we will have a stronger chance of getting through whatever we may be dealing with. It could be a job loss, a relationship that did not turn out the way we wanted, or even a test in school that we failed. We all have a story to tell. Stories of how we survived this or that. Some are more dramatic than others but what a great story to tell. This is how I survived that! What are you struggling with right now? Can you tell yourself, “When you get through this?” You will have a great story or strength to tell and maybe it will help someone else survive this.

Though we have all these things that happen around us we can find a way to work with and through the feelings of hurt and sadness.  This is not the time to give up or quit fighting.  This is a time to grab hold of our friends and family to let them know that we love them and we need them, and they need you too.

Today, I will remember the phrase, “When you survive this,” so I can look to the future and see the strength that I will have as a result. I will see the person I will become and know that I will be able to share with others how I survived. 

Excerpt from The Red Chair Experience by Chris Michel