This morning I woke up with the lyrics from Juicy by the Notorious B.I.G. streaming through my head. As I rapped the lyrics to myself, I had an ‘aha moment’ when I suddenly realized that in this song, Biggie revealed the secrets to living your dream life. Do you have a burning desire to live the life of your dreams, but don’t know what to do or how to do it? Well believe it or not, the Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls spilled all the secrets and today, I’m sharing them with you.
Secret #1: Living the Life of Your Dreams Begins with a Dream
“It was all a dream. I used to read Word Up Magazine. Salt n’ Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine. Hangin’ pictures on my wall…”
If you grew up in the 80’s-90’s like me, then you know exactly what Biggie means when he says “hangin’ pictures on my wall.” I’m willing to bet that you too hung at least one picture on your bedroom wall at some point in your life. Let’s take a couple of minutes to go back in time…. Imagine yourself as a teenager lying in the bed at your parents house. As you lay there, what do you see yourself doing? Are you staring at that picture posted on your bedroom wall daydreaming of a different life?
Fast forward to today… Do you still dream of a life that differs from the one that you are actually living? If you’re not already living your dreams and you don’t take the time to daydream of a better life, then it’s time for you to start doing so. The very fact that you’re here let’s me know that you desire to live the life of your dreams. Well, how is it even possible to live the life of your dreams if you don’t have a dream to begin with? The answer to that question is simple. It’s not possible.
In order to live the life of your dreams, you must begin by having a dream. You should know exactly what you want your dream life to look like. The 7 Days to Win Challenge includes a lesson that addresses this very issue and takes you through specific steps that will allow you to outline the major components of your dream life. If you don’t know EXACTLY what your dream life entails, then I highly recommend that you accept the challenge. It’s FREE and it takes you through a 7 Day journey that will teach you how to Dream BIG and enable you to discover your purpose in life.
Secret #2: Hard Work and Perseverance are Non-Negotiables
“I let my tape rock ‘til my tape pop.”
With this one line, Biggie encourages us to NEVER GIVE UP! In this lyric he didn’t say that he played his tape for one or two people and when they didn’t like his music he gave up. NO! He continued to play his tape over and over again until it got into the right hands. He let his tap rock until it popped!
In order to live the life of your dreams, you’re going to have to work harder than you’ve ever worked before and you’re going to have to persevere through whatever trials comes your way. It doesn’t matter if your trials are self inflicted, the result of family issues that are still brewing from the past or anything else. You must persevere! Hard work and Perseverance are non-negotiables if you truly desire to live the life of your dreams.
Secret # 3: Practice → Perfection → Pay
“Now I’m in the limelight ‘cause I rhyme tight. Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade.”
Most people dream of living a life that doesn’t require them to punch a clock and work for someone else everyday. They desire to have unlimited earning potential. When you were dreaming earlier, did your dream involve the desire to open your own business? If so, you can begin pursuing that dream right now with ‘Launch Your Business in 30 Minutes or Less.’ This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions that will enable you to start your own business this very hour for as little as $3.95/month. If your desire is to truly be your own boss, then what are you waiting for. Download this tutorial and start your own business right now!
To live a life that doesn’t include 9-5 limits, you must offer the world your unique gifts and talents. As a matter of fact, you should not only offer the world your unique gifts and talents, but you should also get paid well for doing so. Don’t you want to get paid for sharing your gift? In Secret #3, Biggie explained exactly how to get paid for doing what you love to do.
To achieve greatness requires that you be great and in order to be great, you must practice. They say that practice makes perfect and that’s exactly what you are required to do. Practice… Practice… Practice… According to the lyrics, Biggie made it to the limelight because his rhymes were tight. I didn’t know him personally, but I’d be willing to bet that he wasn’t born rapping strong lyrics. I’m pretty sure that it required him to work hard and continue perfecting his gift until it was time for him to get paid. When that time came, he was ready to ‘blow up like the World Trade.’ The opportunity to start getting paid for his unique gifts and talents didn’t pass him by. Why? Because he had prepared for that exact moment. When your time comes, you too want to be prepared. Practice until your perfect and keep perfecting your gift until you get paid what you deserve for sharing it with the world. Practice → Perfection → Pay is the secret formula to living the life of your dreams.
Secret #4: Use Memories of the Past to Push You Towards the Future
“Born sinner, the opposite of a winner. Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner.”
Some people are born set up to win. They grow up with a silver spoon in their mouth and are provided opportunities and riches that most others work years to achieve. If you were born the opposite of a winner and have had to work hard for every opportunity that has come your way, then secret #4 is especially for you.
Rather than being embarrassed or ashamed about your past or trying to hide from it, embrace it. Your past provided all of the preparation that you need to accomplish great things in the future. As you embrace your past, use those memories to catapult you towards everything that you’ve been working hard to achieve. It all belongs to you. Your dreams can become your life if you’re willing to do everything that’s required to make it happen. You deserve it, now go out there and get it.
Secret #5: You Must Have a Clear Vision and Purpose for Your Life
“You know very well who you are. Don’t let em hold you down, reach for the stars.”
Biggie used the hook to reveal to the world that when you know who you are and you have a clear vision and purpose for your life, nothing and no one can hold you down. If you’re trying to accomplish great things in your life, then it’s guaranteed that you are going to have haters. But guess what? Your haters can’t touch you if you’re secure in who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish in your life. [ctt template=”11″ link=”8_vf7″ via=”yes” nofollow=”yes”]Your haters can’t touch you if you’re secure in who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish in your life.[/ctt] If you’re still trying to figure out your dream life, then I highly recommend that you enroll in 25 Days to Win. This online course takes you through 25 lessons that will empower you to discover your life’s calling, outline a clear vision and purpose for your life plus much, much more. It is filled with FREE bonus gifts and is currently on sale for $48.50 (50% savings). You don’t want to miss this great offer (use promo code MARCHMADNESS to receive 50% discount).
Secret #6: You Must FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful
“You had a goal, but not that many”
Biggie also used the hook of Juicy to illustrate the importance of having a singular focus. By choosing to focus on a single goal, you increase the likelihood that you’ll continue to work on it until you’ve achieved success. At Focus. Implement. Triumph!, we teach that FOCUS means to Follow One Course Until Successful. A post on our blog entitled ‘3 Ways to Win’ shows you how to easily examine your life in the areas of finances, health/wellness, relationships and spirituality and to focus on making long lasting changes that will improve the area of your choosing this month. If you would like to improve your finances, health, relationships or spirituality, then as soon as you finish reading this post, click the link and take a few minutes to read ‘3 Ways to Win.’ As you’re reading, assess yourself in each area by answering the questions outlined in the article and begin working today to improve your finances, health, relationships or spirituality.
Secret # 7: Living Your Dream Life Requires You to Make a Change
“I made the change from a common thief.”
If you were already where you needed to be in your finances, health, relationships and/or spirituality, then you would be currently living your dream life. You wouldn’t be amazed that Biggie taught you the secrets to living your dream life and you somehow missed it after listening to the song a million times. Nothing that I’ve shared in this article would apply to you because you would already be living your dream life. If you are not exactly where you want to be in life, then let today be the day that you make the one change that will propel you towards your divine destiny. You can’t keep living life exactly the way that you have and expect to receive different results. Sorry! Life just doesn’t work that way.
If your desire is to go to a new place in life, then you must begin making the necessary changes that are required to get there. When making the decision to start Focus. Implement. Triumph!, I had to give up the luxury of sleeping 8 hours a day. I was working full time and also had a very active one year old. As you can imagine, my schedule was already packed so the only time that I had to dedicate to my business was while the baby was asleep. For me, that meant waking up at 4 AM daily and writing blog posts, designing the website, creating social media posts, responding to emails and everything else that pursuing my dream required. That was a sacrifice that I was willing to make in order to make my dreams come true. What sacrifice are you willing to make? What can you do to get started today?
Secret #8: Your Gift Will Open Doors & Place You in Front of Great Men
“To up close and personal with Robin Leach.”
Did you notice the major change that occurred in Biggie’s life after he made the change from a common thief? All of a sudden, he was sitting in front of great men as noted in his lyric ‘to up close and personal with Robin Leach.’ For those that don’t know, Robin Leach is an entertainment reporter best known for hosting the show ‘Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous.’
The moment that you begin walking into your gift and dedicating time daily to work towards your goals, doors will open for you that you never imagined possible and often times, don’t even see coming. It may be something as simple as a shoutout on Instagram that you didn’t have to pay for or if you work your way to the top like Biggie, you may be interviewed by someone famous. I hope to look up one day and see you being interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres or hosting Saturday Night Live. When you make it to the top, don’t forget about those that are still fighting their way to get there. [ctt template=”11″ link=”Bv7Os” via=”yes” nofollow=”yes”]The true measure of success is not how much money you earn, but how many people you positively impact along the way.[/ctt]
Secret #9: Fear can NOT Dwell in the Life of Your Dreams
“Living life without fear”
Let’s be real for a minute. You’re human. Anytime you take a risk and begin working hard to achieve your dreams, fear will arise. There’s no escaping it. The test is not whether or not fear will appear. Oh, it’s coming. You better believe that. The question you have to answer to pass this test is how are you going to deal with fear when it arises. In the blog post ‘Got Dreams? Turn Them into Reality in 3 Simple Steps,’ I share the story of how I was able to conquer my fear of failure, fear of what others would think and fear that no one would listen to my message when starting Focus. Implement. Triumph! To begin living the life of your dreams, you will be required to conquer fear and remove it quickly so that it does not hinder your progress. Fear can NOT dwell in the life of your dreams.
My hope is that you take the 9 Juicy Secrets to Living Your Dream Life and run towards the life of your dreams. If you haven’t already started singing this song, it’s time for you to join me and rap this line…