Someday, I’d like to finish my fantasy novel, and then follow that up by self-publishing it and promoting it myself starting with an electronic version and perhaps moving to a paper version.
Someday, I’d like to move forward on a long-planned series of video reviews of board games and card games that my friend and I have long discussed making and posting to YouTube.
Someday, I’d like to spend some time doing volunteer work for the two charities I care about, Jump for Joel and L’Arche Tahoma Hope, using what skills I have to increase their community presence and maximize the donations they receive.
Someday, I’d like to travel internationally with my family and show my children that the world is a beautiful and varied place.
Pretty much every one of us has a “someday” or two on our list of things we’d love to do. They’re big things that would require a lot of time and planning. They’re things that seem incredibly exciting and compelling to us, but present some tremendous obstacles along the way.
Because those obstacles seem so daunting in our day-to-day lives right now, we simply think about these things as “someday” things. They enter into our daydreams, but we don’t take any real forward action toward them.
My Experience Reaching a “Someday”
Several years ago, my “someday” thing was being able to write full time for a living which would allow me to be at home for my children without travel and with extreme schedule flexibility.
At that time, I had a full time job in a field that was largely completely separate from writing. I had a very technical desk job that required some travel and also required my attention outside of office hours on a very regular basis. I also had a wife and a young child at home.
How did I make that “someday” dream a reality? Simply put, I started sacrificing my evenings and (quite often) my weekends to making that “someday” a reality. Instead of coming home and vegetating in front of a television show or a video game or just curling up with a book, I would spend several hours setting up, writing articles for, and promoting The Simple Dollar.
Simply put, I made that “someday” dream a priority of my free and leisure time and of my free and leisure money.
The amazing part was that once I got the project moving forward and got used to the routine of working on it, the project itself became really rewarding. Because it was something I had wanted to do for so long and it was so intrinsically tied to something I deeply enjoyed as a person (writing), the day-to-day work was incredibly fun even when I had very few readers and was making very little money with it.
The finanical rewards weren’t the real rewards. The process itself and the enjoyment I got from it was the real reward.
Reaching Your “Someday”
This brings us back to your “somedays” and mine. If you want to make these things come true, you have to start looking at your day-to-day time decisions with a discerning eye.
What’s more important to you? That “someday” dream or a new episode of The Big Bang Theory? Getting started on that big project you dream of or napping on the couch? Your big project or yet another shopping trip to the same old stores?
At the start of this month, I made a commitment to start on one of my “someday” projects and carry it forward to a conclusion. This means, for me, giving up some of the things I’d been filling my spare time with lately. It’s been challenging, but it’s been deeply rewarding at the same time.
What “someday” could you get started on starting today? Choose one that’s tied deeply to something you already enjoy doing, something that just channels it into a new direction. Let that “someday” fill your spare time.
Eventually, you may just find yourself on a new path, living your dreams.