The following is a story about hunting that helps me explain some important dream chasing principles. If hunting bothers you, skip down to the number list. It was my last day of hunting and I could see the antelope I was chasing a few miles away glistening in the morning sunrise. I had hiked two miles in before sunrise from my camp and had set up where I thought they would be, however, they were much further away. So I packed up and hiked in their direction. After a hike and stalk I had my game.
During the rush out that morning I had grabbed only one water bottle and my compass, but had forgotten my map. The day was in the mid 90’s already as I loaded the whole animal on my back. I thought, only five miles back. I got this. I headed back toward camp conserving my water as I went. Drinking the last bit of water, I only had one more rise to go before I would be back. I was wrong. What I didn’t know then was that I was heading back northeast instead of straight north. I had added a lot of miles to my hike. At that section the road jetted and turned north as well, so I had walked about ten miles out of water and to make matters worse my throat began sticking together. Luckily, I finally hit a road and had successfully reached my dad on my walkie-talkie. Here are 3 things I learned from that hunting experience.
1. Where are you? I had a compass, however, that did me little good because in the rush and stalk I had no clue where I was. If you want to get anywhere you need to know where you are. Our dreams are no different. We need to know our financial shape. Do we have an audience? Experience? etc. You need to know where you are at on the road to your dream. It is painful, but we have to be brutally honest with where we are at. Only then can we be wildly unrealistic with our future.
2. Don’t assume. I had finished off my water because I had assumed camp was over the next ridge. Don’t assume it will be over the next ridge and use up your resources. Plan to have a long-term perspective and a long-term attitude will help you in your highs and lows. If you think there is a silver bullet to your dream, you will be discouraged and disappointed. Don’t drink the last of your water with miles to go.
3. Set a deadline. A proper thing would have been to leave my pack somewhere. I should have removed the many pounds that were making me sweat and lose a lot of water. Don’t get into the little further mentality. Set a deadline way out in time that you will stop or change direction. This will do two things; it will keep you going when you want to stop and it will let you know when enough is enough. This will free your mind to focus on the here and now instead of wondering if you should keep going.
When dream chasing, make sure you know where you are. Don’t make assumptions in the short-term and set a deadline. I pray these three tips help you run a great race. Be blessed on your journey.
How do you keep a long-term perspective?
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