Is there really a greener road ahead?

There most certainly can be. But in most circumstances, the options are entirely yours to determine.

Everyone has dreams. Some lofty, some grounded. As our life circumstances start to produce the stimuli that cause our dreams to percolate to the top of our priorities, we find them gaining in momentum within.

So why, then, do some dreams come to fruition and others, remain just a glimmer of an idea, that sounded delightful at the time but did not find proper footing from which to escalate?

That answer, is almost always because of you.

This aphorism is the reverse of another one of my standard favorites….

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.

If you are certain that you cannot do something, then undoubtedly, you cannot.

As quickly as we are able to surround a dream with fuel, like any burning desire, it escalates to ever more intense levels of manifestation. Conversely, as quickly as we are able to douse a burning fire with doubt, it is extinguished in a heartbeat, never to see the light of day.

That green road in my illustration is always waiting in front of us. Readily available under one core condition….. you have to really want it. More than just about anything in life. You need to sort through your dreams, prioritize them and then make a conscious decision to pursue the one(s) that make most sense to you.

As quickly as we are acting on those decisions, we are prone to encounter a naysayer. In my mind, a naysayer is just another person who wishes they had the guts and determination to pursue things with everything they’ve got.

Unfortunately, some of the naysayer’s remarks may be true. Only you will have the ability to sort through them, weigh their value and determine whether or not the advice merits consideration. 

To put that into perspective in my world… Sizzle exists solely because I have willed it into existence. Sizzle is brilliant and cutting-edge because at key points, my indomitable will must take a back seat to the wisdom and advice of so many who have been generous of their time and life experience to share thoughts, options, suggestions and full blown change of plans and direction. Others have caught the enthusiasm of the dream and contributed capital and their expertise and collectively this dream has escalated far greater than I may have originally imagined.

So the indomitable will manifests, but the wisdom of knowing what you know and what you do not know is what takes the decision that was made, and crafts it into something of far greater value than anything I might have conjured on my own in a bubble. 

Your force of will must be a good dancer. It must always take the lead, for any project must have a single Director. But your intelligence and ego must take a back seat to listening to sometimes painful criticism of many of the choices you have made or are about to make. That is where maturity and a lot of the virtues of which I choose to illuminate in my morning musings take hold. That is where you need to be an even bigger person by discovering how wrong you may be in any one of numerous categories.

But the decision to act, to move forward, to stop dreaming and go for it, is paramount. Once in motion, a project takes a life of its own. It accelerates to a rhythm you cannot hear, and dances to a tune you do not know. At that point, you must learn the new music, learn a new dance step, take a big bite of humble pie and recognize that you are not half the genius, you hope that you are and allow others to share thoughts and then weigh their suggestions and advice very carefully.

A horse designed in a committee turns out looking like a camel. Finding your balance between your original momentum, and a willingness to accept that your momentum does not make you a final say on anything, is the safest road to travel.

And then one day, you take down those images on the clothesline that have guided you to the greener horizon because you realize you have arrived. 

And only then, does the real journey begin. It was one thing to get there and another thing to know what you will do when you arrive.

Act on your wishes. Make a decision. Be bold. Days turn into weeks, turn into months, turn into years. You have one trip down this road…. So make it count.

Happy Wednesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!