In my most recent podcast, I interviewed my friend, the successful makeup artist Mila Thomas. Her journey has been unbelievable, and entirely organic. Slowly picking up her artistry and skills, and letting inspiration lead her to where she is now. She didn’t intend to go into that profession. She had no expectation or vision of the level of success she would achieve. Mila worked hard, but she let her dreams be the guide.
Her story is the perfect example of how unpredictable our dreams can be. What began as a part-time, temporary arrangement turned out to be her passion. And she has cultivated a wildly successful career. Imagine if she had ignored her calling because it wasn’t a part of the original plan. If you haven’t heard her episode yet, then I highly recommend you tune in.
Follow your dreams
Since childhood we’ve been hearing the phrase “follow your dreams”. As we get older, it’s easy to ignore that mentality. It’s childlike, right? But once you get a handle on life, or can at least take care of yourself, it starts to make a comeback.
Following your dreams isn’t always an easy road to stay on. Anything could set you on a detour that gets you where you need to be. If you run into something that makes you happy, you should grab it! Forget any fear of failure and let your dreams come to you. I don’t even want to imagine where I would be if I didn’t let my fitness inspiration take the wheel… And that is true for a lot of successful people.
In a perfect world, we would all know exactly what we want to do with our lives at any point in time. Unfortunately, this is not the case (as you know). There are so many paths that we are able to take. How could we know which one would make us happiest or the most fulfilled? Unless you’ve tried everything, it’s hard to tell.
And just to make things harder, our dreams evolve over time! But don’t worry.
Keep your eyes open to opportunity
We experiment with new hobbies to find goals worth working towards. There have been points in my life where things felt stale and I couldn’t paint a picture with an exciting future. Believe it or not, this is a blessing in disguise.
As you reach little milestones or achieve mini short-term goals, you will find yourself in a new place with a different perspective. This is where opportunities are born. Where you can reevaluate which step to take next or redefine your goals. Maybe you’re still working towards a BIG goal, but now you have a better idea of how to get there. Or maybe you’ve found a new passion to pursue. Switching divisions or increasing your bench press, for example.
Opportunity can come in surprising forms, and it can be too easy to miss if you are not looking out for it. I can relate to this, and I’m sure you can too.
Give yourself the some flexibility
I absolutely love my lifestyle. Although it might look extreme to an outsider, it is exactly where my dreams led me. As a bikini fitness competitor, there are times when I do nothing but train and diet. But when competition season is over, I allow myself to embrace life and indulge. Why? Because it makes me happy! And, I’ve earned it!
Whatever it is. From a trip to London to a bottle of wine, I need to give myself time to break away and live. Outside of the confinements of my goals and dreams. That is where I can grow and find more ways to enjoy life.
This balance has been crucial to my success. And making time to indulge with friends and family makes the rigorous training plans worth every minute.
Watch them grow
You have your dreams in mind and you don’t want to let them slip away. So how can you keep them alive?
Creating little goals to work towards is the best way to let those dreams thrive. A little internal competition helps you build the vision of exactly what you want, and give you motivation to work towards the next goal. Always moving closer to unimaginable success, because, let’s face it, you are capable of much more than you give yourself credit for.
Challenge yourself, push yourself past what you had original thought was possible, but don’t let any little failures get you down. We all have good days and bad days. But success is rewarded to those who take all the lessons they can get and push past the failures.
In other words, we wish we knew then what we know now. We can’t control what we knew then, but don’t limit how much you can know now. Starting with where you could be if you follow your dreams.
Until the next post, keep living the fashionably fit life!