A Desire, A Dream, A Vision

UndercoverWear has been changing women’s lives for over 30 years. I’d like to share with you how it has changed mine. As always while entering a new year I reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Of course, goal setting has always been a major factor in my life. So together, let’s look at how I began to change my life.

Many years ago while on our honeymoon (when most couples are thinking about sex) I made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish. Oh yes, I’m sure that just tickled my new husband. Sex or goal setting, which do you think he would’ve preferred? My goals ranged from simple things, like having a wine and cheese picnic to becoming a millionaire. Yes, you read correctly. At 21 years old, I decided I would become a millionaire.

I suppose back then, if I’d said to my friends or family that I wanted to build a multi-million dollar business, have my own jet plane, travel the world, own five homes at the same time and appear on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, they would have told me I was nuts. Those things just don’t happen to two “kids” living in a three tenement house in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

In fact, my bother-in-law still jokes about being asked to invest in UndercoverWear. He said, “No.” He never believed that home lingerie parties could be successful. (By the way, neither did the banks, but that’s an entirely different story.)

So what made my husband and I believe that we could be successful? Maybe it was because everything was so easy for us. Oh yes, the first two years of our marriage we invested our life savings into a modular home company that couldn’t produce the homes so we lost everything. Oh yes, we then opened our first retail store that burned to the ground. We had no jobs, no money and no insurance! Oh yes, our son had Reyes Syndrome and we were told he wouldn’t live through the night. Hmm, maybe it wasn’t so “easy” after all.

What made us believe that we could change our lives? Mohammad Ali said it best, “Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.” You must have the desire to achieve. You must have a dream, a fantasy that only you can make a reality. Finally, you must have the vision to look forward and dream in color.

Helen Keller was once asked, “What could be worse than being blind?” She responded, “Being able to see, but not having a vision.”

Visualize the life that you want and it will be yours.

Once you have the desire, the dream and the vision then it’s time to create the plan.

If you have a plan without a vision, you are a worker.

If you have a vision without a plan, you are a dreamer.

If you have a vision and a plan, you are an achiever!

These qualities are not independent; they work together as a team.

I firmly believe that life is not a spectator sport. If you want to achieve your goals, then you must believe in yourself and believe in your dreams. You should not only want to change your life and live your dreams, but you should also acknowledge that you deserve to have the life you desire.

Don’t be daunted by failure. Everyone has failed at least once in his or her life.

Don’t be daunted by others. Some will believe in you and others will try to drag you down.

As long as YOU believe in YOU, you can write your own success story.

I’d really like you to think about how you envision your life. What are your dreams? Once you discover what you want then those dreams become your goals and then those goals become your reality. You can make your dreams come true and you can Change Your Life!

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