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Sep 26, 2016 01:14PM ● By Laurie James

Dolly Parton once said, “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Given her career as a singer, songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman and humanitarian, I’d say she might know a thing or two about living a rich and full life.

Are you feeling completely fulfilled with your life’s journey? Do you wake up refreshed and ready to hit the ground running … every single day? Do you radiate love, joy, happiness, and hopefulness? Or do you find yourself constantly hitting “speed bumps” along the way?

If your life is close to perfect in every way, you are indeed an inspiration to others! If you’re encountering speed bumps (or lumps), you can also be an inspiration to others…with a few tweaks. Learn to DREAM:

D – Dedication: Are you dedicated to making your life the best life possible? Are you utilizing the skills you were born with, and have you honed those skills that you are passionate about? Are you focused on sharing your skills to help others?

R – Responsibility: You have power and control over many things. Are you drowning in a “woe is me” world of self-pity? Or are you accountable for the things you can control?

E – Education: Learn something new every day. Sometimes, it’s realizing that you’re smarter than you think! It might also be a lesson in humility, as the rug gets pulled out from under. Whatever each day brings, be open to learning life’s lessons…so you can realize the bigger DREAM.

A – Attitude: Are you smiling at the thought of a new day and new opportunities for goodness? Or do you need to turn that frown upside down? Seriously, a smile is the first step toward a great attitude for the entire day. YOU CAN DO THIS! ☺

M – Motivation: What’s your motivation? Ask yourself, “If money were no object, what would I do with my life?” Ponder this carefully. When you come up with an answer, figure out what it would take to get there. That’s your motivation! Ex: Four years ago, my husband and I desperately wanted to travel, but we were drowning in credit card debt. Carefully and methodically, we came up with a systematic plan to eliminate our credit cards. Now we are able to travel (that’s our motivation) without the constant worry about money. Identifying the motivation is necessary for the DREAM to come true.

As you DREAM, your life gets better and you will certainly inspire others. Just like those commercials (The Foundation for a Better Life), you will undoubtedly promote good values in others, including honesty, caring, optimism, hard work and helping others. Sounds like a great DREAM to me!! Your One-Stop Career Shop


About the Author: Laurie J. James is one of the only 16 Master Career Directors globally. She co-founded and presided over the Professional Resume Writing and Research Association from 2000-2004. PRWRA rebranded to Career Directors in 2005. Laurie has created 10,000+ job-winning resumes in her career. She is a credentialed resume & LinkedIn profile writer, seasoned public speaker and award-winning career image coach. Visit her at