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Why Not You? Live Your Dreams in 2014.

Hello, you! And hello to the second week of 2014 already, is it even possible? (Apparently, yes, it is. This is how the magic of time works).

On that note, I will be honest in saying that I didn’t originally plan on posting about the year to come. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past week or so thinking about 2014, I did a 2013 wrap up last week. All I wanted to do was get started!

I got into some desire mapping with Danielle LaPorte.

I did some creating my incredible year with Leonie Dawson.

And then I lost it all.

A day’s worth of goal setting, planning, envisioning this year.

This year, that means so much to me as I dive head on into oncoming self employment, and it was gone (something to do with a glitch in my version of Adobe Reader, boring technical details, blah, blah).

Call it mental exhaustion. Call it overwhelming self doubt. Or just being a bit nutso after pouring a lot of heart into my new plan and it vanishing before my eyes, but I kind of freaked out. My first thought was (no shit) that I was doubting myself, didn’t believe in myself and losing the document just HAD to verify that it wasn’t going to happen.

I know, I realise now that I was having one of THOSE moments. Call it what you will but, in the interest of self preservation, I will continue to refer to it as ‘one of those moments’, assuming and hoping that you know exactly what I mean!

When I regained sanity, I let go of what was lost and this quote popped into my head:

Why not you?

This is my official motto for 2014. So I wrote it on a Post-It and stuck it right in front of my face (naturally).

Other people are out there living their dreams. Why not you? They’re doing amazing stuff online, and making it happen, and traveling the world, and following all their passions. Why not you?

Combat self doubt, stat. Before it combats you.

Suddenly my goals for 2014 have been simplified, but they’ve become so much more powerful as a result. They’re not pages of extensive notes, just three things.

And one reminder: why not you?

Sometimes we over complicate and over think dreams and goals because they’re capable of making so much happen. But sometimes we need to take the power away from them and give it back to ourselves. Make it more about your attitude or your approach and less about workbooks and vision boards and 100 things to do (not that I don’t love those things dearly!).

Are we overthinking it, do you think?

I’ve seen so many posts about 2014 goals and power words and intentions and I’m not opposed to these in any way, I just think it’s important that we accept what works for us at the time. Maybe this year I need simplicity and you need 100 things to tick off as you do them. It really doesn’t matter as long as we’re staying true to ourselves and our big ass dreams. Am I right?

I’ll leave you to mull on that (or comment below) but, for now, I’m going to ask you to do me (and yourself) a favour.

Pop your email address in the box below because I have a new FREE eBook on the way very soon and I don’t want you to miss it! It’s got step-by-step instructions for really making stuff happen and I promise you, it’s a doozy! I also have a special, not-to-be-repeated, email-only ‘Why Not You?’ coaching offer going out later this week and you definitely want to be a part of that.

Because, dreams can be real and people are out there living their dreams right now, so why not you?


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  1. Emily

    Ah what a timely reminder!! Indeed, we definitely all have ‘those’ freaking yuck moments. All we can do is hold on, take a deep breath, and start again. Great question, might have to copy your post-it myself!! xx

    • Katherine

      So true, lovely! This is a good one for sure, and I’m so glad that it popped up right when I needed it most, funny how that stuff happens.


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