There’s more than one way to get from New York City to Los Angeles. Many different routes for each type of transportation … So regardless of the route taken as long as you safely make it from where you are, to where you’re headed, that’s all that matters right? Of course some paths are quicker, others are more tumultuous, while some are more scenic… But that doesn’t mean that only ONE path is the RIGHT path… It depends on the traveler. Somebody may want to take the scenic route while someone else may want to catch the red eye and get there in a flash.
This analogy hit me as it relates to my dreams. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I’m a performer and the one thing I’ve always wanted was to be able to do what I love full time for a living. I’ve made multiple attempts by way of starting companies, planning to relocate to NYC, auditioning for professional work… All to no avail. And it wasn’t as if these things didn’t work because I’m not talented, it’s because I let fear of the unknown stop me from fully committing to the pursuit of those dreams.
I live in my head sometimes. My obsession with planning and details is a wonderful asset most times, but in moments like these, it’s my worst enemy because I can’t plan out each and every step in my success story. But who really can?
Nobody who’s become successful knew how their journey was going to unfold. Of course they had ideas, and made plans, but of course life happened and things went in a different direction, and they had to adjust. My brain stops me from taking that step. To continue to walk on faith even if I don’t know where my foot is going to step next. It’s more than doubt. I think it’s issues with control. Wanting to have the control to know what’s going to happen next so I’m never caught off guard. And if I didn’t know every step, I figured it wasn’t worth the risk.
I’ve even tried to do research. I’ve looked up books, testimonials, YouTube videos to “tell” me how to reach my dreams. Which in retrospect is pathetic… But follow me here. I wanted someone to TELL me… Needed somebody to give me the right answer on how to get to the Broadway stage so I wouldn’t make a mistake. I wouldn’t waste my time or my resources… But the answers aren’t out there.
That’s because no one can really “tell” you how to make it, because no two success stories are exactly the same. As I stated before there are multiple ways to get to the same location. There isn’t going to be a script, a manual, or blueprint… so don’t look for one. Sure…network with people who’ve made it, ask questions, get advice, but know that their journey may not be how things turn out for you.
Not saying you won’t reach success, but follow your own yellow brick road. God has a specific path for you to travel because there are going to be tests that are going to be customized for you to pass, lessons that you have to learn, and people He wants to rid from you along the way. And as I’m typing this, I’m preaching to myself just as much as I’m encouraging you…have enough faith to walk on a path that you can’t see. Even if the next brick is laid right before you place your foot on it. All that matters is that your foot lands on it and you keep on traveling… because you’re making progress! You’re on your way! Follow your own path, and one day you’ll be able to tell someone YOUR story of how you made it to YOUR success story. Stop looking for a guide, trust God, and ACHIEVE your dreams!