why you need to make space for your dreams to unfold

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Seven years ago, my husband and I made a list of all the things we desired in a potential neighborhood and home. Then I put it in a drawer somewhere and we promptly forgot about it. 
 
This year, we got the house hunting bug again. We looked at dozens of places. Old craftsman homes and fixers and ranches and ramblers. Nothing really felt like the right fit. 
 
Then we spotted a home on Zillow that was laughably NOT our style. The kitchen was stuck in the 1950s. There was wood paneling on the walls. The bathrooms were covered with pink tiles. I figured I’d have to start dressing like Betty Draper to live there. 
 
BUT it was two blocks from our daughter’s school in a neighborhood we loved. So, on a whim, we decided to take a look. 
 
We signed the papers to close on that house today. 
 
The house was not what we were looking for but it is exactly what we wanted. In fact, a few nights ago, I was cleaning out files in preparation for our move and found that old list of things we desired in a house and neighborhood.
 
Our new house meets every requirement. It just didn’t happen the way we thought it would or look the way we thought it should.
 
My point here is not to make lists and ignore them for close to a decade. (That’s not really a strategy for making your goals happen.) My point is that you need to recognize that the way you achieve your goals won’t always look exactly the way you thought it would. 
 
It’s true in life, and it’s true in business too.
 
So pay attention. Set goals and have big dreams. But don’t be too strict about how you achieve them. Don’t cling to a plan when another option unfolds. Don’t get stuck thinking that there is only one linear path forward to reach the success you’re after. 
 
Because if you do, you will miss out on the kind of opportunities that aren’t obvious but are actually exactly what you need to make your goals a reality. 
 
All you have to do is open your eyes.
 
With love,
 
Ashley
 
P.S. I experienced this lesson recently with our house but I’ve learned it many times over with my business as well. I recently talked about those lessons in a live conversation in my Facebook group, The Simplified Entrepreneur. Click here to join and catch the replay.