“I am living the Dream not because I’m special, I’m living the dream because I was obedient to the call of the dream.” Oprah
All of us take actions every day. Even lying on the couch and watching television is a course of action. However, few of us take intelligent and inspired action which consists of actions that are most likely to lead to success.
In Teaneck New Jersey, Angela Logan, a mother of three had a series of setbacks.
She is an Actress/Dancer unable to find any acting jobs due to the economy.
Then her fallback job as a substitute teacher disappeared. It gets worst. A bad construction job on her house put her was in a financial mess with foreclosure and homelessness waiting outside her door.
“I told people what was going on and asked them to buy a cake” she described her bold move to stand up in her Church and ask for help.
The result was people responded enthusiastically and without judgment.
Joseph Campbell said, “If you follow your bliss, the money will follow.” Most people believe the idea that you need money to achieve your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with that. Perhaps it’s time to update that belief and focus your attention on your dream.
Is making money or being healthy more like mountain climbing? Do you find yourself out of breath thinking about the climb? That’s the case for most of us. Everywhere there are obstacles that prevent our efforts and limit the quality of our lives. The good news is that obstacles don’t have to be permanent or impossible.
Obstacles can actually be a blessing! Obstacles are often the path to great success and achievement. When you look at it more closely the obstacle isn’t really a roadblock. It’s an opportunity.
“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” Dr. Dale Turner.
To save her house Angela came up with the idea to sell her famously moist apple cakes as a last resort. She set a goal of baking 100 cakes in 10 days and started selling them for $40 each. In a matter of weeks, the effort became the mother of all bake sales, gaining international attention and a new business venture was born.
“I called them ‘mortgage apple cakes,’ because they were meant to save our house,” Angela said as she sifted a pile of flour into a commercial mixer blending a fragrant concoction of apples and cinnamon.
Still, asking friends and colleagues for help wasn’t easy. Angela swallowed her pride and stood up during her classes at Bergen County Community College, and at her church.
“I told people what was going on and asked them to buy a cake.”
“People responded — enthusiastically and without judgment,” she said.
“It gave me the energy to stay up day and night to make the cakes,”
“I was making cakes one by one — mix one, bake one, mix another one, bake another one. I had one mixer, one bowl and two pans.”
In seven days, she made 42 cakes.
When her story appeared in the local paper it was picked up by television news stations around the country and suddenly, Angela’s apple cakes went national. In a matter of days, there were orders for more than 600 of them.
If there’s one characteristic found in all successful people, it’s the ability to persevere and overcome obstacles. Those that struggle with life invariably give up far too quickly.
It begins with the ability to see your vision accurately. This requires having a true understanding of what is possible when you follow the call and live your authentic life.
Do you need help to see your vision clearly? To take inspired action and birth the Dream you were meant to live?