As a little girl I always dreamt of becoming a teacher, standing in a room talking to my students, wearing a crisp cotton sari, with a big bindi adorning my forehead. However, as I grew up, life took a u-turn and I ended up majoring in Accounts and working in a UK BPO as an Accountant. My days began with doing the routine household chores and then rushing to the office and struggling to finish the day and coming back to collapse on my bed. I had everything that a woman of my age would want, a loving family, a cute daughter, wonderful friends, a house and a well-paying job, but I was not satisfied. Every day I had to give a million reasons to myself to get out of the cosiness of my bed. At the end of the day, I was nothing but a frustrated soul, searching for something that might fill the void that was encompassing me at jet speed.
That’s when ‘The Alchemist’ came as a great help. It made me question myself, “What were my dreams?’’ “What did I want from the Universe?”For months I struggled but I found no answer to these questions. Such a simple question, “What I want?”But I had no answer or perhaps I had many answers and I didn’t know which one to choose. That’s when I got back to ‘journaling’, an activity which I loved as a child and a teenager.
At any given point of time, our mind keeps thinking a million thoughts and the moment we get hold of a pen and paper, our brain filters the thoughts for us. Those thoughts that are really important come on the paper first and this gives us a positive edge. Journaling every day before going to sleep helped me discover the hidden potential within me. Slowly I realised that I enjoyed going to office not because of the work I did, but because it gave me a platform to interact with people from diverse backgrounds. I got immense pleasure organizing fun events and doing creative stuff rather than the usual data analysis.
The moment this realization dawned, I had the answer to my previous question. I wanted a career where I could interact more with people and work with creative freedom. I vividly remember writing this down in my journal. Yes! This was my dream. Now that I had a dream, the next step was to make it true. Trust me at that point of time; I had no idea how to make it a reality.
I began reading inspiring stories of people who had achieved their dreams and the one thing I found common in all of them was, their ‘powerful intention’. That led me to the next significant question, ‘What was the purpose of my dream? Why do I want to achieve it?’ Journaling again gave me the answer. Growing up there were many occasions, where I felt defeated and unworthy. I struggled with suicidal thoughts hovering over my mind. I was confused, clueless and depressed. In those times, I wanted someone to guide me, but... I was left alone. Those experiences urged me to be there for people like me, who needed guidance and who looked out for hope and direction.
Now I had a very strong purpose attached to my dream. The next and the most important step was to ‘believe that I can achieve’, with full conviction. Something really miraculous happens when you believe in yourself and in the unique potential that you have within. Unconsciously you start taking ‘purposeful actions’ towards the fulfilment of your dreams.
Today I am living a life I always dreamt of. I too had my share of doubts, failures and fears, but my powerful intentions and purposeful actions, backed by my strong beliefs, helped me to find ways and new possibilities.
As a NLP therapist today, I work with the specific challenges that children, couples and individuals face and I love this shift in my career, which helps me to touch and transform lives. As a writer and storyteller, I reach out to people by sharing my experiences and stories. All of this began by sowing a single seed of a powerful dream. I leave you all with this wonderful quote I read few months back, “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities”
Go ahead...Dream, for you can achieve all your Dreams, gradually!
Happy and a Blessed New Year to all!
Gayatri is a working mom, avid reader and blogger. She enjoys cooking and photography and started experimenting with the creative side, after the birth of my daughter. Her blog link: http://gsaptekar84.blogspot.com/