I have this theory. A theory about Dreaming Big. You know, the kind of dream it takes more that one person to go after?! Could be a dream you wish for your family, for yourself, for others, etc. But all in all, it’s a BIG DREAM and in order to GO AFTER it, you NEED the right COMPONENTS (hence, my theory).
The past 7 years or so have left me in a constant juggle act with these 5 components. Holding onto one, while dropping a few others. But in actuality, if I just learned to use them right, they would keep me balanced while moving forward. Easier said than done, right?
In 2006 I left TX for Hawaii. I worked at the Hilton and Four seasons, teaching fitness classes and race directing triathlons (Lavaman). That’s also where I first started “sherpaing” for my then fiancé (aka the hubs)
I taught 4 to 5 classes a day and then took on way to much work outside of teaching. Yes, I was passionate about what I did. Yes, I took risk and moved for a job. Yes, I set aside time to pray and build my faith. But I lost focus on my priorities (rest) and didn’t set the right boundaries. I ended up getting burnt out, physically and and mentally, and I lost some of that passion. I took a break in order to rekindle that passion, to rest, and to reset boundaries. Today I still teach fitness, but it’s only 3x a week yet I am more passionate about it than ever. Balance!
From 2008-2013 WE have been Dreaming Big. The Cotter Crew (team). We’ve taken several risks. Left our Austin home to go train in New Zealand, flew to Hawaii for last minute races, and have jetted off to the Bahamas to start a triathlon squad and training camp (Hard Yards). I guess you could say we’re good at seizing the moment! Haha.
Our priorities have always been to serve each other, to be there for each other. Our passions, they’ve stayed. Some days we feel more passionate about what we’re after than others. Our boundaries have been pushed, and we both are just now learning to NEVER push those boundaries again, especially the ones that leave you injured and unhealthy. And prayer, well, I think that’s the glue to keeping those components together. I’ll be the first to admit that when my prayer life is lacking, I am lacking. Prayer helps me focus on my PRIORITIES as well as give me CONFIDENCE in taking certain risks. Like starting a small business and living paycheck to paycheck. Trusting God’s provision.
Dreaming Big doesn’t mean you will succeed with your ultimate goal. In fact, God may have other plans for you. But it does mean you build character, you create a vision, you embrace trials, you tackle fears, and learn to be THANKFUL for the life you have. That to me is succeeding.
So go head, DREAM BIG! And remember, there’s a theory!