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Your Dream Is Real…Go Get It!

chrisassaadLast night I watched the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, a celebration and coming together of some of the biggest names and greatest talents in music. I was so inspired. Actually, let me rephrase that, I was effin’ on fire! (like Alicia Keys but in a masculine kind of way).

This year’s host, LL Cool J, gave a powerful opening speech about what it means to an artist to win a Grammy and what it meant to him personally to be hosting the awards. Regardless of what anyone says, for many who walk the musical path, stepping on that stage, performing in front of that room full of some of the finest talent on the planet and being presented with one of those shiny gramophone trophies would be… A DREAM COME TRUE.

I can already hear some of the naysayers and hecklers talking smack about the Hollywood-ism and popularity contest that’s an undeniable element of the Grammy’s and the entertainment industry. Oh wait, that’s the voice in MY head. And there’s some truth to it. Yes, it’s a show in many ways. A big show and a lot of it is fodder for the ego and the part of us that craves significance for all the wrong reasons.

For those on the spiritual path, that means having to venture into those waters with awareness, remaining grounded, centered and authentic to who we are and where we come from. But it doesn’t mean giving up on the dream or talking ourselves out of it. And I can admit that I’ve certainly had my share of moments of doing that.

The truth is that the realization of any dream is not about being someone we’re not, it’s about being more of who we truly are. Watching the show last night, there were certainly some beautiful examples of that, too.

After winning the award for Best New Artist, the band members of FUN. all eluded –as did presenter Katy Perry – to the reality that they were far from “new”, and that the moment we were witnessing and their recent success has come on the heels of thirteen years of rigorous touring, being broke and depending on their families’ and communities’ support. My favorite had to be Australian singer/songwriter Gotye’s acceptance of his Grammy for song of the year, which was presented to him by the one and only Prince (yes, I may be slightly biased because of my love affair with the land of Oz). Gotye, a soft-spoken and humble presence, began by openly sharing his loss for words after having received the auspicious award from the man who was such a big influence on his own musical journey (coincidence? I think not). He thanked Prince and then dedicated the award to all those who share themselves and put out their energy into the world with their art, whether acknowledged, known or not.

It was an undeniably special moment and as I watched, I could feel that fire within me being stoked and burning more fiercely as if to say, “I want that too.”

There, I said it. I’ll say it again in no uncertain terms: I want to win a Grammy.
Wow, it feels really good to actually own it.

Then I got to thinking what it would actually FEEL like to be there performing on the Staples Centre stage, and to be presented with a Grammy for my work.

How would it feel to realize that dream? I began to envision it. What the sensations in my body would feel like, who would be there, what the atmosphere in the room would be like. What I would be wearing. Who I would thank and what I would say. How my family and friends at home would be celebrating with me and for me. I got such a clear vision of it and the feeling within me was palpable – a mix of desire, inspiration and excited anticipation.

And in that moment, upon reflecting on the night’s festivities, it was very clear to me that everyone who was participating, all the nominees, presenters, performers and award-winners have had some version of that vision and felt that feeling long before its coming to fruition. There was an understanding within me that the fire I was feeling, the deep appreciation I experienced watching those artists have their moment, and the goosebumps I got during the performances were all manifestations of my soul calling me to my own destiny.

So I asked myself, “What would I have to do to end up on that stage and to win a Grammy?”

The answer was quick and unequivocal. I would have to give it my EVERYTHING. I would have to become so absolutely mad about music, so deeply immersed in my crafts, even more in love with melody, songwriting and creativity. I would have to eat, sleep, breathe and live it passionately. And I would have to hold that vision close to my heart and stay in that feeling place, even in the face of obstacles, challenges, setbacks, so-called failures, self-doubt and naysayers.

The message of this blog is simple and straightforward: your dream is real. That feeling you get inside when you see someone else living their dream is calling you to your own destiny. Listen to it, hear it and honor it. Visualize it, taste it, feel it. And when the vision is crystal clear, own it, claim it and don’t let anyone or anything take it away from you or stop you.

What’s your dream? What will it take to make it a reality? Are you ready to really go after it?

Let me know, I’m curious. And let’s use the space in the comments below to share, support and encourage one another.

Much love,
CA

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Chris Assaad is a singer/songwriter and inspirational artist from Toronto who left a promising career in law several years ago to pursue his dream of a career in music. Since then, Chris has been actively using his voice to enCOURAGE others to follow their dreams, express their creativity and live life to the fullest.

Connect with Chris via www.chrisassaad.com, Twitter and Facebook.

Chris has also joined the TDL team as one of our mentors. To learn more about the TDL Mentoring Program click here.
  • Lauraj1299

    Agreed…once you have the vision, if you go with it, fight for it, and protect it, you can make it happen. I’m starting my MFA in writing and training for a triathlon.

    Feel the sensations you write about above and revisit them daily to keep on the path.

    Love & light to all pursuing their dreams!

    • chrisassaad

      Yes! And to you too Laura!

  • nat

    Chris! I have totally felt like this when watching the Oscars! Thanks for the reminder… <3
    n

    • chrisassaad

       Amazing! Off you go to get yours!

  • http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/ Sarah Noel

    Chris,
    I absolutely love your writing!  Maybe you should be a writer!  Lol… jk… go for your dream all the way!  (Though maybe you use your writing skills in lyrics…idk…anyway…)

    I also get revved up by seeing others succeed.  I LOVE stories of how people got to where they are today.  There’s always a path.  Always a dream before a reality.  Always an inner knowing that it WILL happen, no matter what anyone else says. 

    I read somewhere, and you sort of mentioned this above, that when our heart desires something, it’s really a memory.  We wouldn’t desire to be or do anything if we couldn’t actually ACHIEVE it.  The mere fact that we HAVE a desire, means it’s in our destiny.  We just have to take the steps (small steps, one at a time) to get there! 

    My dream is to be a widely successful author.  To bring in WAY more than enough money than I “need,” giving me the freedom to do and have whatever I want, whenever I want… including donating large sums to animal rescue groups, giving to people I love, and just giving generously all the time.  I want to pay off my mortgage and have all the money I want to spend on the highest quality of food (no cheap, processed junk for me). 

    What will it take to make that a reality?  Write and publish books!  I already have 4 out there, with minimal sales so far, and I’m working on my next.  Write, write, write!  And publish, publish, publish!  Oh…also publicize, publicize, publicize.  ;)    Keep believin’!  Keep following my heart, wherever it leads me! 

    And yes, I AM ready and I AM doing it!  Right now!  :) 

    Sarah
    http://beyouliveyourdream.blogspot.com/2013/02/think-small.html

    • chrisassaad

      Thanks Sarah! I’m a budding writer too…lol. Love what you shared about our dreams being a memory and glad to hear that you’re making YOUR dream come true by taking big action and owning your vision. Keep it up my friend! Much love :)

  • Drew

    GO GET EM’ Chris!! Youre talent is undeniable! Live it, be it….
    Much Love,
    Drew

    • chrisassaad

       Thanks Drew! Right back at you bro!

  • Lile 408

    Oh my brother Chris,
    You are one of my favorite parts of Sunday.
    I so hear and see you! You are right on about
    living, being, feeling “our” dream. When you
    are livin’ it so am I…. My friend that day will
    come when you’re up on that Grammy stage
    and you will have all of us there with you!
    Music is one of the greatest joys of my life
    and I am in total awe of all of you that creat
    it! Chris , you are an amazing beautiful loving
    soul and an inspiration to me always!
    Thank you friend for holding that space for me
    that all things are possible!

    Love and light
    Lile

    • chrisassaad

       Aww Lile, thanks for your heartfelt response and for your words of encouragement. Happy to be able to hold space for each other as we live into the life of our dreams. Wishing you all the best on the path to yours! Much love :)

  • Cherro425

    Chris, you are an amazing writer! You had me imagining winning a Grammy and I don’t want one! I will apply your heartfelt narrative to my own dream today. Thank you!

    • chrisassaad

      Thanks for the kind words Cherro! If you feel inspired, share your dream with us and claim it! Much love :)

  • KK

    Chris, I watched Beyonce’s documentary last night an I was brought to tears. Many of her inspiring words, connected my heart to hers straight away. I’ve always had a passion for performing, I love the spotlight and I’ve had talent for years. I grew up performing in the church and as I got older somehow along the way, I got the idea that I needed to be searching to become something else or something more. Last night, after watching the documentary, I felt like  the man in the parable who was displeased with his talents, didn’t sharpen them and buried them. I no longer want to be that person, i’m capable of fighting for my dreams and I want to. i’m still very young, 22 years old and I feel like I’ve wasted so much time already that there isn’t a second more to waste because my dreams matter and the burning desire is indication enough and all they require is my fight. you will win your Grammy award Chris and so will I. We will change the world with our music because god has bestowed our talents into our hearts for reasons unknown to us, we just have to follow his call. Pray for me, Daily Love community that i may never lose sight of my vision, that every day I wake up with the courage to fervently pursue my dreams and I never stop till I see them come into fruition. Pray that the Universe conspires in this task for the ultimate best because my dreams are real and it’s only a matter of time.

    Blessings to you all & always LOVE.
    :)

    • chrisassaad

       I saw some of that doc last night too! Very inspiring indeed! Thanks for sharing youd dream KK…now GO GET IT!!!

  • AKILAHNOEL

    I WANT TO BE A SINGER & WRITER …. I WANT TO WIN A GRAMMY … MY DREAM IS THE SAME AS YOURS. I TOO HAD THAT SPECIAL FEELING OF HOPE , PRIDE & ADMIRATION HAS I WATCHED THE GRAMMY AWARDS. I HAVE THIS FEELING EVERY TIME I GO TO A CONCERT OR HEAR AN AMAZING SONG. UNFORTUNATELY I ALSO HAVE FEAR, PARALYZING FEAR THAT PREVENTS ME FROM  MOVING IN MY DESTINY. GOD SAYS SING JUST SING AND HE WILL WORK THE REST OUT…. THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST. YOU HELPED ME TO SEE THAT I AM NOT ALONE IN MY STRUGGLE. I NEED  TO WALK BY FAITH & KNOW THE UNIVERSE WILL WORK IT ALL OUT WITH EACH FAITHFUL STEP.

    • chrisassaad

       Yes! One step at a time! Wishing you all the best as you move towards your dream Akila :)

  • Daniela

    I´ll be watching when you win it :-)
    I guess the hardest part is to actually sit down and define your dream in the most clear and specific way possible without being held back by your own scepticism, self-doubt and fears. Then it´s the fear itself….the fear of actually having your dream come true. I love Nelson Mandela´s speach inspired by Marianne Williamson:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is
    that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness,
    that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
    gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You
    are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s
    nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel
    insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are
    born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just
    in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we
    unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are
    liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates
    others.”
    Nelson Mandela / Marianne Williamson

    Go and shine, you definitely have the guts to do so :-)

    I´m still working on the dream part but getting there :-)

    Love
    D.

  • Samantha

    Chris, 
     I want to be a musician, too. I am currently a grad student working towards a degree in counseling/therapy. It’s not that I don’t love what I am getting my degree in, but I love singing, songwriting and playing my guitar more. I have such a hard time putting my all into it because I don’t think it is a realistic goal or dream to want to be a professional musician. How did you get the guts and really decide to leave your ‘safe’ career and spend your life as a singer/songwriter? I am 23 and have been financially independent sine 18 so I just don’t see how I can support myself without working towards a career that I know can provide me with the money I need.  Advice? Ideas? 

  • Diamonde Williamson

    I’m ready more than ever now. It’s nothing like confirmation that the strong feelings you  have in your heart are there for a reason. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/fireflyslocket Valerie Marie Rutherford

    My biggest dream is to find my soulmate. But my creative dream is to touch people’s lives with my stories.