You want to make something happen? Then do it. Lose the excuses. Be creative. Be persistent and be just a little bit crazy. The little bit crazy will stop you from giving up when other people tell you your dreams are too big. They’re wrong, you know. No dream is too big; it’s the fear that’s too big if you let it stop you from going for it.
A Case In Point
This past summer I moved from my cushy Washington DC suburb to the Australian Outback. Picture Australia and mentally put your finger right in the middle of the country. That’s where I live, in the Red Centre, the desert. We do have a river here though; it’s called the Todd River. It’s no surprise that about 95% of the year it’s actually a dry riverbed. This is the desert after all.
Here are the surprises:
- Alice Springs has a Yacht club that has successfully competed in several races around Australia
- We have a major boating event here every year, The Henley on Todd Regatta
- The Regatta attracts over 4,000 spectators to a town with a total population of 28,000
- If there is water in the riverbed, the Regatta is cancelled
The Henley on Todd Regatta has over 15 events ranging from boogie boarding, to kayaking to yachting. It’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. The boats are bottomless and are carried by teams of people as they run through the dry river. It’s silly and serious competition all at once.
In 1962 a small group of people from the town were tired of thinking that living in the desert was a reason they can’t do what they love – race boats. It’s amazing that not only did they think that a boat race would be a great idea, but also the local Rotary club decided to help them bring the idea to life. According to the website:
“The fact that the town was 1,500 km’s from the nearest largest body of water was never seen as a problem.”
If a small town in the middle of the desert can put on a nationally recognized regatta, you can definitely overcome some of the barriers to success that you’re facing as you bring your vision to reality.
How did Alice find a way and how can you?
Creativity: Instead of accepting circumstances on face value, ask “What If?” Start brainstorming and build on ideas until they are so big and over the top that there are seeds of potential ready to be culled and planted.
Determination: Tap into your passion and want it enough that hard work won’t make you want to turn away. When you turn up the volume on your passion, it enables you to cancel out the noise from naysayers.
Community: Enroll people in your vision. Paint the picture for them, make it so real that you can almost touch it. Create a community of champions that rally around your vision and desire.
Teamwork: You don’t have to do it alone! Find your network, your people that you can lay it on the line with and in return they’ll be honest, support, help and guide you.
Crazy: Don’t forget the dash of crazy that helps you to see what’s possible when others only see what is in front of them today.
Your vision, your creativity, your crazy, along with your hard work, is going to create a remarkable tomorrow.
If there can be boat races in the desert, what’s stopping you from upping your game and making some big time waves? Splash me with the vision you want to bring to life in the comments below and get on your way to making it a reality.