Do you feel as if you want to hold on to your dreams, but they’re slipping away? Have you ever felt like you were living your purpose, but now you’re off track or out of alignment with it? If you answered yes, then let me tell you I can relate to what you’re going through right now. Hopefully, this story will help you find your life’s meaning again.
Hold On To Your Dreams | Realigning Your Purpose
Let me share with you something about learning how to hold on to your dreams. Once I was in New Jersey, and I was on the phone with a potential client. I knew going into it that they just didn’t feel aligned with me. They weren’t the type of person I would want to work with.
After I got off the phone call, my energy was low, and I felt off-track.
I had gotten a text from a friend the day before, which said, “I have somebody to introduce you to. Are you free to talk tonight?” I had said, “I’ll reach out to you tomorrow.”
Even if I was feeling off-track, I still felt the need to see this person. I knew this friend might have somebody who could get me back on track.
I immediately texted him, saying, “Hey, who’s the person you want to introduce me to?” He responded, “Do you know of James Barbour?”
“No, I don’t know James.”
He said, “Well, James is the lead star in Phantom of the Opera, which is one of the longest-running Broadway shows. He had reached out to us, because he says that he wants to speak with you.”
I said, “Oh, wow, that’s amazing.” I was touched and flattered. I said, “Yeah, I would love to speak with him.”
So my friend made the introduction, and immediately, within 20 minutes, James and I were on the phone. The stars aligned.
I started talking on the phone with James, and James went on to tell me his life and his journey, and we just clicked.
My energy went from being totally off to feeling completely realigned with my vision and my purpose.
The Biggest Fear Of Celebrities
Focus on what YOU want to say, not what others are saying. pic.twitter.com/iRgozivSVV
— Ted McGrath (@ted_mcgrath) August 16, 2017
When you hold on to your dreams, you do so for a long time. I’ve been holding this vision to work with celebrities for the last 9 months or so.
Celebrities have been coming into my life, and I’ve been saying that the celebrities are big opinion leaders in the world. Just like coaches and speakers, they have a message inside of them, and they have an impact. They already have a community.
The number one fear that celebrities have — and I think anybody has in this industry — is that they’re not going to be relevant one day. No amount of “Hold on to your dreams” will matter.
A celebrity is only as powerful as their community and their ability to share that message consistently with their community and create an impact.
The Initial Phone Call
All of a sudden, I found myself on the phone with James. He said, “Ted, I want what you have! I have this message and this story inside of me, and I want to get it out to millions, and I need this system. I want to understand and learn this system from you because clearly you’ve done it.”
This got me excited, so I said, “The funny thing is, you have what I want because, I want to learn from you. You’re the lead in a Broadway show, and the crazy thing is — you don’t know this about me — but I have a theater show, a one-man show.
“I play my life story with 12 different characters from my life. I’ve been holding on to my vision, because I’ve been touring with it for the last couple of years but not at the capacity I want. I want to go big, and I feel like I’m in a place where I’m ready to go big with this thing, but I need the expertise from somebody like you.”
When The Stars Aligned
Here we were, two stars aligned. I happened to be in New Jersey. He had just finished doing a show in New York, so I said, “Hey, well, I’m coming into New York City tomorrow night to go to dinner with my family and my girlfriend.”
He said, “Well, hey, I could come up and meet with you for dinner if you want. We could connect.”
James showed up to dinner and sat down at the table. He’s such a nice guy, and we just connected and had this great conversation. We realized we’re going to do something with each other.
The Two-Hour Phone Call
The dinner led to a conversation two days later that lasted for two hours. We talked about the vision of what we want to create in the world together, and how part of what we’re co-creating is helping people go live their dreams.
I was going to start touring with my theater show, and he’s going to help me get into theaters here in LA. He’s going to coach me and help me create a structure for my show. In doing that, as we went on tour, we could help other artists, open up platforms to them, train other artists, and teach them different skill sets.
I could take my skill sets of helping people, creating audiences, and getting their message out to the world, and combine that with the artists of the world.
Hold On To Your Dreams Because Visions Can Come True
— Ted McGrath (@ted_mcgrath) August 13, 2017
We just co-created this whole vision and, in doing that, helped James take his message and his vision and spread it out online as well.
What started off as a text and a phone call had turned into a global vision to go and take this message to millions of people in the world.
I’m honored; I’m touched; and I just want to encourage and inspire you to hold on to your dreams. If you’re holding a vision of what you want in your life, keep doing so. People will show up. As long as you keep communicating and you are consistent with it, the stars will align. Opportunities will align. Dreams do come true!
When you feel like you can no longer hold on to your dreams, what do you do? Leave me a comment!