Dream big – the way to your dreams!
One and a half year ago, I came home from a worldtrip with a dream. Before that I was lost and did not find any meaning in life, I was jobless and did not know what to do, I had a carreer switch 7 years ago that did not really bring me fulfillment anymore, so I was eager to look for a new direction, a real passion and new goal in life. I was hoping that my travels would give me an answer on my questions. Very soon I realized that I would need to have more patience so I had to let go of the pressure trying to find the answer and had to learn to surrender and go with the flow of travelling. However after 5 months travelling and observing myself in what I like and what I am good at, there was a little idea growing and unfolding.
During my travels I fell in love with yoga and I spontaneously asked any yoga teacher that would inspire me to come to Belgium and teach in my country. As I come from event management, it is in my nature to organize, in fact I was already organizing our group ski holidays when I was 20 (I just realized;-). In all my excitement I did speak to teachers about my idea and was inviting them to Belgium. My idea was growing and it became a dream, a dream I wanted to realize.
So in March 2013, I came back home with this little seed that was planted in my heart during my world trip.
And now we are one and a half year later. In the meantime, I have organized yoga holidays in France http://yoganicmoves.com/beauty-french-alps/, Turkey http://yoganicmoves.com/yogacruising-ahoi-turkey/, Belgium and Thailand and invited two teachers over to Europe.
The road was not easy and very bumpy and to be honest, it still is, but all what I do gives me so much fulfillment.
I just want to expand a little bit here on how you come from an idea to realizing it. The first and most important is taking the first step. Even if you don’t see the complete picture, even if you don’t see how you will realize it, you do need to take a first tiny little step in the direction of your dreams, the first step on a ladder, even if you don’t see the end of the ladder. It is easy to be discouraged and put your idea aside. When I came home from my world trip and googled on “yoga holidays”, I thought that I was crazy to start organizing yoga holidays. There were so many yoga holidays already. But then I realized, there is so much of everything, if you really want to do something and you are passionate about it, you will make the difference.
So how high do you put your dreams? How easily do you let people steal your dream? How much do you protect and feed your dream? Only you can take the first step, no one else can do it for you.
Going for your dreams, you need to have persistence, believe in yourself, overcome your fears, find the courage to stand up again each time you fall and see what to learn from it and how you can grow. You will need to have patience and most of all enjoy the process, without getting to attached to the result. If you put your dreams higher than your obstacles, then even if you have a lot of obstacles you still can see your dreams as they reach over it.
I have to say that setting up a business for me is like a yoga practice off the mat, I compare it with practicing for a difficult pose where you need the persistence to try it again and again, without being attached to the outcome, but enjoying where you are in the pose and just doing your very best, finding the balance, falling and standing up again, overcoming your fears and believing in yourself.
I continue to take steps towards my goal, little steps, slowly but surely, but I have to say that I am happy with what I have realized so far. I am grateful for all the people I have met and meet along the way and grateful for the nice yoga weeks and for every yoga class I can teach.
I hope to inspire you to go for your dreams! Believe in yourself, even if no one is believing you. How high are you putting your dreams?? Put them high, very high, so that you can overlook your internal and external obstacles. Plant the little seed in your heart, water it, give it attention, take care of it and for sure it will grow. Dream big and it is coming to you.