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Time to Leave Fantasy Island

The following post is from Jeff of My Super-Charged Life:

Fantasy Island

This might be a stretch for many of you, but do you remember the television show Fantasy Island?

I watched it with my family back in the late 70s and early 80s as a teenager.  It was one of our favorites.  We all piled on the couch and tuned in every week to see what new was going on.

Mr. Roarke ran the island with assistance from his trusty sidekick Tattoo.  If you remember anything about this show, it was likely Tattoo’s popular “De Plane, De Plane” that he would shout at the beginning of each episode when new visitors arrived to the island.

The visitors came to live out their lifelong fantasies.  For whatever reasons, they believed the only way to do this was through a visit to the enchanted island where their fantasy became a sure thing.

If Only Fantasy Island Were Real…

A place like Fantasy Island would definitely draw a lot of visitors.  I mean, we all long from time-to-time for something a bit more than what we have.  We wish we could simply blink our eyes and our fantasy would become reality.

People cling to fantasies all the time.  They long to:

  • Win hundreds of millions of dollars in the lottery.
  • Own a beautiful private island in the South Pacific.
  • Become a superstar celebrity that everyone adores.
  • Fly into space as a heroic astronaut that saves Planet Earth from doom.

These are all pretty grandiose, but if you are going to fantasize, then why not go big, right?  Well, not all so-called fantasies are over the top.  There are smaller ones too.  See if any of these ring a bell.

Have you ever dreamed of:

  • Leaving your job and starting your own small business?
  • Meeting the perfect spouse and starting a great little family?
  • Being a top-performer in your field that all your colleagues admire?
  • Doing what you are really passionate about even though it isn’t the most logical choice?
  • Moving to another country for adventure and excitement?
  • Climbing a mountain?
  • Solving the mystery that no one else can solve?
  • Performing your heart out in front of an actual audience?
  • Beginning a non-profit that serves a specific need in your community?

These might not even qualify as fantasies.  Why?  Because fantasies are things that are considered impossible or at very least very improbable.  That’s where dreams and fantasies differ.  Dreams are ideas with potential.  They are just waiting for you to act to bring them into reality.

The things you want are all doable for you.  They are within the scope of your reality if you believe and reach for them.  There is no reason you can’t live out your dream and, trust me, you don’t need Fantasy Island to get there.  You just need confidence and some good, old-fashioned elbow grease.

Leave the Island and Set Foot on Solid Ground

Fantasy Island is just that a fantasy.  It doesn’t exist, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t live out your dreams.  The trouble is that we usually want someone to come along, like Mr. Roarke, and hand us what we want on a silver platter.

We want the sure thing without any of the risk or the hard work.

I suspect that what you want and daydream about most often are things that you could make happen all by your little lonesome.  You just need to get over wanting someone to hand it to you.

It is time to leave Fantasy Island behind.  I know, I’m as sad as you are.

But, as long as you keep waiting for “De Plane” to magically transport you to your fantasy life, you are wasting time, valuable time.  Time that you could be spending doing the work necessary to convert your dream into something that you can be proud of.  A place where the results are tangible and lasting.

It is time to come down out of the clouds (and not in the sense of giving up on your dream).  Oh no, I’m not suggesting you give up at all.  I’m recommending that you go for it.  There is no better time than now.  Roll up your sleeves, put together a plan and make your dream start to happen.

The fantasy is over.  Let reality begin.

Have you been waiting and wanting someone to hand you your dream?  What step do you need to take today to move things forward?

Jeff Nickles writes My Super-Charged Life to help people find success and meaning in their life. He has spent many hours researching these topics and loves making it easy for others to use the wisdom he discovers. Jeff is a corporate IT Director, but also has experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, training instructor, and military officer.