Once in a while, when I greet people, I like to ask “Hey, how’re you treating life?” Some people stare back surprised, not understanding why I said the phrase that way. Others can’t imagine they have anything to do with guiding their life. They are content to sit by and let life happen, imagining and dreaming, but not really doing. Some people seem to want for nothing, and others seem to want nothing.
Fear can play a big part in how people approach life; no one wants to try and fail. For some, the fear of failing trumps the trying. Although they might dream, they never get started at doing. If nothing is done, there is no experience to grow from, so the fear of failure is all they have. Their only failure is maybe that they never tried, they never “did.”
The difference between dreams and reality is decision. Don’t get bogged down, pick a dream and put it into action. By deciding to do something, you begin to plan, and planning is the first step towards making a dream reality. Along the way, while you work the plan and keep your eye on the target (your dream), you’re making more decisions that guide your life. Each day is practice at hitting that target, coming a bit closer with each accomplishment. There’s no need to wait. Decide to be in charge of life, and you will really be living.
Sure some have tried, gave it their best, and lost; there is no failure in that. True failure is choosing to sit on the sidelines. The experience of giving it your best, the lessons learned along the way, will feed more plans for the future. Nothing gives more of a push toward future success than the successes and experiences of the past. The future has to be made, and it has to be made by you. Don’t let life just “happen” to you.
What is your dream? Never mind the size of your dream, what is it you want to have? Is it a better resume, a doctorate degree, a fishing boat or a great home by the lake? For our business, my dream is to have an ever-increasing, positive influence on our current markets, and to have other market opportunities open up to us. With planned diversification in our future, we are moving forward with this dream. What is your dream for your business?
Patricia Burkhart is the executive director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.