It’s the morning of Whitney Johnson’s launch of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream.
It’s also the morning my very first keynote speech.
I first woke up about 3 am, went back to sleep, then woke up again around 4 am. At 4, I mentally reviewed the outline for my talk. And now I’m up and here in my favorite chair, doing my favorite thing.
This, not because of insomnia, and not because one of my girls woke me up (we are blessed that they all typically sleep through the night).
I woke up because, among other things, this is an exciting day, and I can’t wait for it to begin.
Waking early is not unusual for me. (If you follow me on Twitter, and wake up early, you already know that.) Since I returned to work in 2009 after 8 years of being home with my girls full time, I have woken up early nearly every day to work.
Clue #1 that you are living the life of your dreams: You can’t wait for each day to begin.
I take it as a good sign, a clue that I am on the right track, that I wake up early without an alarm.
Here’s another clue. Do you know that feeling on the edge of being over-caffeinated? That buzzy, happy, energetic feeling that helps you move a little faster? That peaceful, and purposeful feeling? That’s…
Clue #2 that you are living the life of your dreams: all the effects of a triple-shot mocha, without even taking a sip.
Maybe I’m just an energetic person, so forgive me if you can’t identify with this, but I know I am on the right track when the work I do energizes me instead of depleting me.
The next clue comes from a recent conversation I had with a friend I met online. She recently received a copy of Whitney’s book and she told me that it is messing her up — in the best possible way. She is trying to figure out what her dreams are. In her words “I don’t know what makes my heart sing.” Another friend says he knows he is doing what he was born to do.
Clue #3 that you are living the life of your dreams: you hold a deep sense that you are exactly where you need to be, doing exactly what you were born to do. You are living in that intersection where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
You are living in your strengths and making a positive difference in others’ lives.
Tell me something! How do you know that you are living the life of your dreams? If you are not living the life of your dreams, what one thing can you do today to move closer to that life?
This week we are celebrating Whitney’s book launch with 5 days in a row of posts about dreams. Later this week, we’ll have more guest posts, including posts from Weaving Influence team members.
I feel honored to be a part of Whitney’s launch team, and I hope you’ll support the launch by buying her book — today. Think about two great friends who could use encouragement and inspiration, and buy a couple of extra copies, if your budget allows, so you can share the book with them. Dare, Dream, Do makes a great Mother’s Day or graduation gift.
I am the founder/CEO of the Weaving Influence team, the author of Reach: Creating the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause, and the host of the Book Marketing Action Podcast. I’m a wife and mom of three kids, and I enjoy running, reading, writing, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Great post and good things to think about. You know, my husband just took a new position within the same company, but he actually looks FORWARD to going to work now. On Sunday, we were driving to church and he started to turn off the road (his normal route to work) and I asked him where he was going. He started laughing and said he was thinking about a couple of things he needed to change on his work project and then grinned. I LOVED it! It has been a long time since I’ve seen him excited about what he’s doing. And as for me…well, let’s just say that I’ve been pretty excited to get up this week. 😉 Blessings!
So happy for you! So jealous of you 🙂 I’m in flux and don’t really know what I’m doing these days, everything I enjoy doing is volunteer work, doesn’t pay except in a feeling of doing good for others. Keep up the good work, love reading your posts. Not commenting doesn’t mean people aren’t reading.
Awesome on the keynote Becky, nice work! I think you hit the nail on the head with your three points. Sounds like my typical morning.
The life of my dreams was to be able to go into a bookstore and buy any book without worrying about how I was going to afford it.
Also having gone through a goal-planning exercise of ‘my ideal life 5 years from now’ as the years pass by, I’m getting progressively closer to those detailed descriptions. Kind of scary, actually, how similar the descriptions are to my real life from 6 or 7 years ago.