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ashley’s dream report: week four
February 20th, 2010     |    Life

Being a person who likes to have my hands in lots of things at once, and also being a person that can do a lot of different things well, it has been challenging for me to pick exactly what i want to do to make a living while staying within my purpose and following my dreams. I want to run my own business, I want to inspire people, I want to be creative, I want to promote living creatively and authentically, I want freedom from “the man”….I could go on forever. And it is fine for me to sit and want all of those things until my little heart is content but if I don’t take any action I will never get anywhere close to living my dream life.

Living creatively means having to say that I am responsible for everything in my life. It means that I am the only one who can create my success and make my dreams happen. It means that I need to start NOW.

Remember that business class I am taking with Chris Guillebeau and Pamela Slim? Well I have had a hard time actually doing any of the assignments to move forward with starting my own business because I have been waiting to “receive” some sort of inspiration that would assure me that I was on the right path and that I was making the right choices. The class has been going on for 18 days and I have just now reached a point where I realize that nothing outside of myself is going to give me any answers. The answers are within me and the only way I can begin to trust myself is to practice making decisions and to make them now. I cannot wait for the perfect idea to strike me from heaven above. I will never realize my own power without first taking action to see it as real.

So I have finally decided on the type of business I want to start first (I promise to share my decision soon).  Do I know that it will be a success? Nope. Do I know that people will buy what I offer? Absolutely not. With the huge pool of talent and beautiful products out there I don’t have any clue if anyone will even be slightly interested. But If I don’t try it I will never know. I don’t have to be the best. I figure that if I just start taking steps and trusting my intuition I will figure a lot of things out along the way. I just have to start somewhere, just jump in and see where it naturally takes me. I believe that I will find the things that I am passionate about and that work for me within the action that I am taking and not necessarily within the thoughts I sitting around thinking.

And what is the worst that can happen? Maybe people will not be interested and then I can try something else. But I feel like it would be better to try and fail then to not try at all and live the rest of my life wondering what might have been. I have never looked back at something I failed miserably at and thought to myself “man I wish I never would have even tried”. I always end up thinking exactly the opposite “I am so glad that I tried because look at all that I learned”. Its the truth. It is time to start now. It is time to be the creator of my life and my dreams. It is time for me to claim the power and creativity that I know I have within me.


(Jess shared this saying with me this week and I have to say that it shook me to the core. Its powerful stuff!)

So what do you say? Let’s do this thing!

  • Great post! I think you just spoke my mind! I have been going through that same thing.. I keep thinking, why should I bring this forward into the world, other people have done it better… but you know what nobody has ever brought anything forward with your voice and your vision, so that is what I keep in mind.. Or at least try to!

  • Hi Ashley – this is a great insight:

    “I have never looked back at something I failed miserably at and thought to myself “man I wish I never would have even tried”. I always end up thinking exactly the opposite”

    That got me thinking back and realizing the same!

    I totally relate to the “I’m interested in tons of things and I don’t know which one to focus on dilemma.”

    I applaud you in making a decision and picking one for yourself. I can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • Great post, Ashley. What you wrote is exactly what I am thinking as I start my own life coaching business.

    I am feeling the same way you are feeling when you stated, “Do I know that people will buy what I offer? Absolutely not. With the huge pool of talent and beautiful products out there I don’t have any clue if anyone will even be slightly interested. But If I don’t try it I will never know. I don’t have to be the best.”

    I wondered why I would want to start a life coaching business when there are thousands out there and then you wrote something that resonated with me, “But I feel like it would be better to try and fail then to not try at all and live the rest of my life wondering what might have been. I have never looked back at something I failed miserably at and thought to myself “man I wish I never would have even tried”.

    That statement is so powerful when I read it but so true. I will never know if I succeed in my business if I never even try. Thank you for your words of wisdom and for writing such a beautiful post.

  • Love the saying. Definitely a powerful message. Life should be about having no regrets. Thanks for letting us readers share in your journey. ooking forward to hearing more about your big decision Ashley!

  • i’ve just saved that quote to my desktop and tiled it as my background. love the inspiration

  • I can totally relate to your journey! Good luck to you and I look forward to seeing your progress.

  • Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration! 🙂 I am loving your quote- I am printing it off and sticking it in my journal/sketchbook/inspiration book. 🙂

  • Congrats on deciding on your new business! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • I identify with this! I seem to have to realise over and over again that dreaming alone does not get you anywhere and that you need decision and action too. You’re right that you need to just get in there and ‘practice’ decision making.

    Great that you have decided on the direction of your business – good luck and look forward to hearing more about it!

  • Julie

    Hi Ashley,
    What an interesting series you’re doing here. I’m enjoying your weekly writing and find myself in a similar place. I am most interested in the various e-courses you have been taking recently. I just finished up my first e-course ever (Mondo Beyondo – highly recommended) and am completely hooked.
    It’s just so nice to think about things other than work, school, family, housework, etc., and spend some time each day thinking about my dreams and “what I really want”, etc. I’d be interested to hear more about this – look forward to hearing from you!

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