How To Build Strong Foundations Underneath Your Dreams

How To Build Strong Foundations Underneath Your Dreams

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Many of us are expert “dreamers.” We have so many dreams for our life that they could fill entire libraries. Many of us love to dream—at night or during the day, it doesn’t matter. We love it.

Some of us just like to dream the dream without actually trying to realize the dream. But some of us not only dream the dream, we are in honest pursuit of our dreams.

But those who are in honest pursuit of their dreams might find themselves stumbling upon the following questions:  How do I make sure that I’m building the strongest foundation for my dream? How do I make sure that my commitment to fulfilling my dream is kept strong over the long haul? What exact “foundation” is strong enough to keep my “castles in the air” in tact?

The answer to all these questions, I have found, is simple:  in order to make sure your dream has a proper foundation under it, you must begin by speaking and living out your truth.

What Is Your Truth?

We must admit that we may not even know our own truth.

We may have already lied to ourselves so much–or believed the lies of others so much–that now we have no idea what’s our lie and what’s our truth. We’re completely lost in our own fiction. So much so, that if someone asked us today what it is we really wanted in life, we might stare at them blankly and say:

“I don’t have the slightest clue.”

At that moment, we are drowning in our lies, or the lies of others, and we don’t even know it. (Otherwise, we would’ve been able to answer that question very easily.)

The more you lie to yourself the more you begin to believe your lie as your truth. The more others lie to you the more you might accept their lies as your truth, too.

As we can see, the question “what is my truth?” turns out to be a whole lot harder to answer than we first thought.

Access To Our Own Truth Is Constantly Being Threatened

Many of us just assume we know our own truth. But, unless we’ve done a lot of work on ourselves, most of us end up finding, to our great surprise, that we don’t really know our own truth.

But should we be so surprised?

How can we know our own truth when so many people are telling us lies? Movies, television, advertisements, the internet—all of these types of media are constantly telling us who we should be, what we should look like, what we should wear, what kind of phone we should own, what kind of career we should have, how our family should act, how our friends should behave, etc.

We’re being bombarded with lies on a daily basis, so it’s no wonder that we’ve become so estranged from our absolute truth over the years.

How To Find Your Truth

Whenever you’re about to make an important life decision, please remember to ask yourself this question:  “What is my truth?”

Repeat this question to yourself over and over again and provide a gut-response each time you ask it. Do this until you stop at an answer that keeps repeating itself over and over again–and never changes.

For example:

IMPORTANT LIFE DECISION: SHOULD I BE AN ACTOR OR A WRITER?

What is my truth?

I’m an actor. I love to act.  I’m also a writer. I enjoy writing.

What is my truth?

Okay, I enjoy acting.  I feel alive and happy when I act. But I am really in love with writing, and I feel aligned with my purpose when I write.

What is my truth?

Okay, acting is more of a hobby for me. Something I enjoy doing, but just for fun. Not for work. Writing is my passion.

What is my truth?

Writing is my passion.

What is my truth?

Writing is my passion.

STOP HERE

Once you no longer have to provide a different response to the question “What is my truth?” then that’s when you’ve reached your absolute truth.

In the end, the truth, when you know it, always holds up to a tough line of questioning. A lie, on the other hand, often quakes and crumbles under serious questioning.

How The Truth Can Cure Your Writer’s Block

Often times, when I don’t know what to write, I’ll ask myself to go directly to the truth of what I’m trying to say.

I skip all the formalities—all the lies—and get straight to the absolute truth.

When I do that, I find that I write with greater ease.

If I speak the truth, I also don’t need to put in that much effort, because my readers instantly recognize the truth when it’s spoken.

The truth doesn’t need much explanation. That’s because the truth isn’t heavy, it’s very light. (If you feel heaviness when you tell the truth, that’s only the feeling of the lies imploding, not the weight of the truth itself.)

When I speak my truth, my readers are prompted to speak their truth as well, so that speaking the truth creates this wonderful, virtuous cycle of truth-telling.

Do you have no idea what to write today? It’s simple:  just write the truth. (It’s always the thing you were meant to write anyway.)

Would you like to write with greater ease today? It’s simple:  just write the truth. (You write with greater ease when you’re speaking the truth.)

Speaking The Truth Is The Best “Marketing Strategy” You Could Ever Have

The amazing thing about the truth is that it “advertises” itself.

This is because to speak your truth (and especially to live it) is to have a powerful, transforming effect on the world.

The ancient wisdom teachers, for instance, did not need to disseminate the truth—the truth disseminated itself. Each wisdom teacher needed only to speak the truth once, before the truth became a “viral sensation.”

As soon the truth was spoken, it was heard around the world.

Unlike a lie, the truth sticks to us. The truth stays with us and we return to it over and over again over time.

Why? Because, secretly, we are in love with the truth. It makes us feel alive and vibrant. We can’t get enough of it.

In a time and place where the truth is scarce, when we stumble upon it, it’s like we’ve stumbled upon an oasis in the middle of the desert. We fall to our knees in humility, and drink from the truth as if we’re a weary traveler who hasn’t had water for days. We swallow the truth with pride. We wash our faces in it. We are refreshed by the truth.

We may forget the truth, briefly. But soon, we may return to it, because we know we cannot live without it. This is the truth.

People go searching (sometimes desperately) for the truth because they know, somehow, that the truth is meant to free them, to heal them, to “awaken” in them something they cannot describe with words.

(Maybe all we are meant to do is to live and be “the truth.”)

People seek wisdom teachers because these teachers are experts at cutting straight through the lies and arriving directly at our truth.

People seek wisdom because they know, somehow, that the truth survives, while everything else fades away. They know that the truth is made up of the toughest of “dream-building” materials. (The steel of the soul, maybe.)

How To Build Strong Foundations Underneath Your Dreams

Although we might not like to admit it, we all know that the truth is the strongest foundation for our dreams. A lie simply cannot sustain our dreams over the long haul, no matter how beautiful, shiny, or impressive the lie may seem.

That’s because we know what kind of shoddy material that a lie is made up:  a dangerous synthetic that eventually fades, implodes, corrodes, crumbles, or erupts—leaving us far worse than before.

The truth, on the other hand, spreads like wildfire throughout the eons, and keeps shining bright despite everything that attempts to cast a shadow over it.

How do you know if you’ve spoken the absolute truth?

It will astound you. You will stand in awe of the lightness of your truth.

Also, since your words now carry the truth, they will spread. Faster than the speed of sound. Faster than the speed of light.

Scientists may one day discover that there is something that travels faster than the speed of light–and that will be the truth. Maybe this is because the truth is the brightest light there ever was.

much lightness,

Ollin

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