One of my life anthems has become made popular once again, so I thought many generations could appreciate this. Whether you heard this song first from the legendary Barbara Streisand in the memorable musical, Funny Girl or from the popular hit series Glee, “Rain on My Parade” is really a DreamCatchers Anthem and below I will outline just a few reasons why.
Which is the first word Barbara says in the movie before breaking out into song. My friend and I always say , “I’mma have to stop you right there…”, when we want to illustrate someone cutting another person off before they can finish their negative thought. You have to protect your subconscious. As Emerson puts it , you must, “stand guard at the portal of your mind”. If you have someone in your life who is notorious for being a naysayer or you can tell is about to shower you with stories of impossibility. Just tell them “Don’t” and save yourselves both a lot of time and heartache.
“Don’t tell me not to live just sit and putter”
If you’re like me, you have a lot of people around you that love you dearly who also happen to be very smart. If you do, consider yourself lucky, I know I do. However, a draw back to keeping such great company is not everyone shares your same life mission, and that can get tricky. When these people advise you, their main interest is your security, safety, success and ultimately happiness (arguably in that order). They say, I want you to be happy, and then proceed to outline a number of things that you have already told them would NOT make you happy. How is that possible? It’s possible because normally what they are describing is the safest and securest route.
Remember, usually they are thinking safety and security over your happiness. They get confused, because your security equals Their Happiness. Sometimes our loving community forgets to put our happiness first, and instead interject theirs. That is why I suggest you be discerning in the advice you take. When you are talking about truly living and they are suggesting you “just sit and putter”, say thank you for your advice (knowing it’s coming from a loving place) and continue working on Walking in your Destiny.
“Who told you’re allowed to rain on my parade?”
Great question right? Sometimes we give people a lot of power when it comes to our lives. We allow others to discourage us from pursuing our dreams when they express doubt or even disgust. There is a Chinese Proverb that says “Those who say it is impossible should not interrupt those who are doing it”. In other words, many times we find ourselves submerged in our new project and out of nowhere people will come with their negative opinions. Who told them they could come rain on your parade? The answer, actually surprisingly, is “You”.
You have full control over whether you Allow someone’s take on your life affect you or not. A helpful quote I always remember is “what other people think of me is none of my business”. We get so wrapped up in what other people’s opinion or judgment is of what we are doing, that we let it control our actions. Write down the reasons you have swimming in your head as to why you cannot pursue your Dreams. If any of them have to do with what someone else may do or say, you are essentially telling people they are allowed to rain on your parade. Scratch those reasons off your list, take back your power and keep pushing toward your Dream!
“Don’t tell me not to fly I’ve simply ’ve got to, if someone takes a spill its me and not you”
Probably my favorite line out of the song. When you really get that intuitive nudge to do something and it makes your heart sing, you simply have to fly with the idea. Sometimes you don’t know where it will lead, but it doesn’t even matter because taking action on the idea is the most important at that initial moment. People may ask “So how is that going to work out?”, “What is the end result going to be?”. If you don’t have a PowerPoint presentation about how it’ll work out to your benefit, they will be shutting down your operation before you can even get ready for lift off.
In most cases, whomever is weighing in negatively will not be directly affected by the outcome. It’s your life and if you’re willing to take the risk, who are they to say you can’t? Now, I have used this train of thinking with my parents and they say, “I’m going to have to bail you out if this doesn’t work”. The truth is, that’s a choice on their part. The same goes for the people in your life. If they feel they are going to have to pick up the pieces, it’s really only if they choose to. If You are the parent who has to consider their kids lives, I say also, trust in your resilience. Having someone rely on you is a great motivator to keep working towards your goal no matter what. In the end, it’s your life “with great power. comes great responsibility”, if you can accept this you are well on your way to making your Dream a Reality.
“I gotta fly once, I gotta try once, only can die once, right sir?”
Give it a shot. Sometimes we get an idea and then overanalyze it to death. Why not just get the spark of inspiration and run with it. I always believe God doesn’t give us a Vision without Provision. What does that mean? The reason you were lit up with the idea in the first place is because there is a need for it somewhere in the world and God is going to provide you with Everything you need to see it through to fruition. All that’s needed on your part is patience and determination. As long as you won’t be hurting yourself or others, consider your idea as a gift from the Universe. There is a quote that says “A coward dies a thousand deaths; A hero dies but one”. Sometimes you just have to go for it. We only get one life to live, we should do the things that make us excited. This line of the song always gives me permission to fly and give my idea a go.
“Nobody, no, Nobody is gonna rain on my parade”
I really could write something for each line of this song as they all have little nuggets of power within them. Now you have the information you need to go forth to Discover Your Dreams and Walk in your Destiny. You can fill your days saying (or singing) the last line of the song “Nobody, No, NO-BO-DYYYY is Gonna Rain On MY PARADE!”
Now it’s your turn! What is your Anthem for blocking out the negative chatter? If you don’t have one get one today and then tell me what you chose. 🙂 What are other strategies you use to keep on going when you’re feeling discouraged? Let me know in the comments, Facebook or Twitter . Don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter for freebies, updates and insights and I’ll be talkin’ to ya soon!!
Have a Sunshiny Day!,