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1. Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 Steps About Joyce Joyce is a mother of three grown daughters, a son and a son-in-law. She has been a wife to Philip for 30 years, is a project management professional, teacher, student, motivational speaker, worship leader, and author. Yes, she juggles all these roles at the same time. She holds degrees in business administration and Christian counseling. In her spare time, Joyce studies Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her favorite pastime is writing comfortably from her kitchen laptop, occasionally admiring her green pine trees as she takes a moment to reflect on life. Joyce lives in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Visit her blog at www.FullnessOfLife.com/blogCopyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 1 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 StepsOne day in 1997, I came home from the hospital after saying goodbye to my father on hisdeathbed. My 8-year-old daughter Amanda saw my gloomy expression and blurted:“Mommy, what happened? You look sad.” I sobbed as I announced that Grandpa justpassed away. Curiosity struck her and she asked why. “Well, he’s old,” I explained. Shequickly said, “Mommy, you are also old, when are you gonna die?” Now, 15 years later,Amanda is asking me another question: “Mom, when are you gonna retire?”Let me ask you this: What comes to mind when you hear or see the word retirement?What about these words and phrases? Disengage, boring, ageism, leisure, depart,solitude, retreat, lonely, withdrawn, recline, hit the sack, hit the hay …Unfortunately, many people have negative connotations to retirement, such as physicaland mental declines that come with aging. These include: The adages, “an old brain cannot learn new tricks” and “you’re too old to change.” And believing that your genes dictate how fast you age; “you cannot do anything to alter the negative side effects of aging.” MythsBut guess what? These are just myths! They clash with scientific findings. Researchersfrom the MacArthur Foundation Study have learned that lifestyle choices in food andexercise, plus challenging mental activities and social belongings, contribute to longevityCopyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 2 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 Stepsand aging gracefully. The good news is that It’s never too late to make these healthychoices and begin to see a difference.I am 54 years old. According to Canadian statistics, I am expected to live an active life foranother 20 or 30 years. Those images and descriptions of retirement are not what I have inmind for my future.There are many benefits to aging. The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius said it well.Let me paraphrase his experience for you. At 15, I focused on learning; At 30, I was firmly established; At 40, I had no more doubts; At 50, I knew the mandate of heaven; At 60, my ear was attuned to the truth; At 70, I could follow my passion and do what was right.Confucius got it right 2,500 years ago. Here are some of today’s older people followingtheir passion:Copyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 3 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 Steps Cindy Joseph defies age barriers. She started modelling at age 49! Cindy launched a new pro-Age skincare product line in her late fifties. Currently at 62, she is actively modelling and running her business. My mom. She got her first job outside the home and received her first paycheque as a part-time cook at age 58. My friend Cindy retired in her late forties from a banking career. Instead of living in leisure, Cindy studied Chinese medicine and started a new profession. She became an acupuncturist in her late fifties. My friend Ray has transitioned from his vocation as a successful international corporate trainer. He went back to seminary school to become a pastor in his 50s.Copyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 4 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 StepsDo you have a dream that is bigger than your current reality? If there is something that youwant to achieve, why put it off? No matter how young or old you are, you can follow yourpassion by taking these three steps: Reflect. Reimagine. Reinvent. Photo credit: Justin W. Moore (www.outdorphoto.com/)Step #1 – ReflectThe Bible says “reflect” and “remember” over 200 times. “Reflect on what I am saying”,“Remember the poor”, “Remember the Creator”, and such. Every day we are distracted byCopyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 5 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 Stepspeople, events, deadlines, Facebook, Pinterest, texts, tweets, emails, the list goes on. Lifecan be filled with activities, yet they can leave you feeling unfulfilled; which is why it’simportant to pause and reflect on things that matter to you the most. What is your passion?What do you love doing? Who do you love helping? What are you good at?Step #2 – Reimagine“Imagination is more important than knowledge,” said Albert Einstein. Knowledge has alimit, whereas Imagination does not. Maybe you’ve been told that what you want to dowon’t work. And you might believe this. So today, I dare you to re-imagine something greatfor the next week, next month, next year or next five years. What if you did something thatyou absolutely enjoy doing? You do it not because you have to; you do it because you loveit; it’s your dream. Imagine who is benefiting from your wisdom, your service, your product,or your assistance?Step #3 – ReinventNow that you’ve visualized your dream, what needs to happen for that dream to cometrue? Plan your work and then work your plan. If you are not able to identify the steps formaking your dream come true, it probably won’t work. Think hard, do your research, readbooks, take a course, consult with experts. Reinventing yourself takes effort, courage anddetermination.I’ve been applying these three steps to redefine my retirement. Here’s my journey:Copyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 6 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 StepsAs a little girl, I dreamed of being a movie star, doing and saying all the funny, cool things. As a teenager, I dreamed of being a pop star.Step #1 – ReflectI love to sing and I love to entertain. I enjoyed connecting with an audience and sharing myfavorite songs with them. Many times, I fantasized myself travelling the world andperforming on stage singing just like Barbara Streisand….. These dreams never cametrue. No stars for me. Yet, as I grew older, I have other dreams.Copyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 7 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 StepsMy passion has led me to become a motivational speaker who encourages people to liveout their full potential in life. Adding values to others is important to me. I went on to Step#2 – Reimagine.Step #2 – ReimagineI reimagine myself facilitating a workshop to baby boomers. They are learning about theirpersonalities, talents, gifts and passion in life; they are putting together strategies andplans to guide their future. My audience is excited about their next phase of life. I visualizethem building and living their dreams. A Japanese proverb says, “Vision without action is adaydream.” Visioning is a good start but I need to work hard to nurture my dream to reality.That leads me to Step #3 – Reinvent.Step #3 – ReinventFor more than ten years, I study leadership, psychology, counselling, and public speaking.I read books about ordinary people achieving extraordinary deeds. I thought I was ready tostep into my dream role and become an overnight sensation as a motivational speaker.Apparently, not quite yet! 3 years ago, during a casual conversation with my high schoolfriend Bernard, I told him about my aspiration. Bernard candidly advised me to publish abook on my speaking topic in order to build my credibility as a speaker. Soon as I heard hisCopyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 8 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 Stepsadvice, my heart sank to the floor, thinking: “This is going to be another shattered dream.How can I possibly write a book when I have a full-time job, and English is my secondlanguage, I can’t figure out those ridiculous grammar rules, and I haven’t written anythingsubstantial before?” And. And. And. But, as I reflected more on my passion, the thought ofcarrying my dreams to the grave haunted me. Deep down, I knew Bernard was right. Ineeded to write down all that I’ve learned about living life to its fullest. Instead of giving up,I started writing.Finishing a 50,000-word non-fiction book seems like a daunting task. But, it all started witha blank page. One line at a time, the pages got filled. 2 years later, it became a reality. Ireinvented myself as an author.You’ve just heard my story and my dreams.How about you? What is your childhood dream? What are you passionate about? In whatways do you want to impact lives?Copyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 9 of 10
Nurturing Your Dream to Reality in 3 StepsYou and I can offer our love, passion, talents and resources to make a difference in thisworld. Instead of hoping for a brighter future, let us create that future together. John HenryNewman said, “to grow is to change, to become perfect is to change often.”I challenge you to dream a bigger dream and grow to fulfill your dream, no matter yourage. Just like Cindy Joseph, my mom, my friend Cindy and Ray, You can shape a newreality by following these 3 steps: reflect, reimagine, reinvent. Yes, you can do it! Visit Joyce’s blog at www.FullnessOfLife.com/blogCopyright © by Joyce Y. Li. All rights preserved Page 10 of 10