The musical fantasy film, The Wizard of Oz, became an icon of American popular culture, was named the most watched movie on television and the National Film Registry called for it to be preserved because of it being “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”. And, mothers everywhere lullaby their children to sleep singing the films academy award winning best original song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

“Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true”

The movie and its characters, through powerful storytelling, have tapped into the core of our human emotions. Who among us hasn’t wanted to run away from home to escape our problems, gotten lost, and wanted to believe that if we just wished hard enough, our dream would become a reality and we’d magically be transported to our ideal life.

“Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far Behind me”

A wonderful fantasy indeed.  Success, however, isn’t “somewhere over the rainbow”. But, hold on. Don’t be discouraged. I have something even more exciting for you. Success is right in front of you! That is, if you dare, not only to dream it, but to believe and take action on it each and every day.  There exist two brands of dreamers: #1. the dreamers who endlessly dream and #2. the dream-makers.  The latter brand of dreamers are the ones who know a dream is non-reality until it is made manifest into reality.

If you desire to move from dreamer to dream-maker, there is one simple, yet magical success behavior, you must adopt. Should you decide to embrace it, you will attain your dream in minimum time – regardless if your skies are cloudy or blue. The magical singular step is …. Don’t Wait.

Here Are the 5 Common Signs You’re Delaying Your Success:

1. Waiting for the perfect future day to begin taking action. Monday, after the holidays, the New Year or until the beginning of the month. Just start now. Take action.

2. Waiting on “the one” person (the Wizard of OZ syndrome). Don’t put all your eggs in one basket by courting only one person to deliver you what you need or want. Do keep moving forward planting more seeds of opportunity until you achieve results. Don’t stand in a hold position while waiting for a “yes” from a single source.

3. Engaging in the “someday” syndrome. “Someday when I get enough money”, “someday when I feel better about myself”, or “once this problem is resolved”. There is always a way to take action regardless of any current circumstances.

4. Living in the big picture dream without having a plan. Don’t just have a plan, but know specifically what you want. It’s very important to know what it means if for example, when you say “I want to be rich”. What is rich? Is it money? How much? You must know. Once you do, then you can detail out a plan and time line to achieve it.

5. Playing it too safe by not taking calculated risks. A sure sign that fear is getting the best of you and causing delays. Get out there. Be daring. A “no” is just a step closer to victory. Don’t wait for your work to be “perfect” because that time will never come.

“Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days…What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has Magic, Power and Genius in it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dorothy, swept up in a tornado, lands in an unfamiliar, challenging landscape far away from home. She keeps moving forward regardless of what obstacles she faces on her path to finding the magical one person who holds the power to whisk her safely and happily home. In the end, her journey taught her an invaluable truth. That she alone held the power to make her dream come true.

In closing my shocking confession: I was hit by a tornado when I discovered I had a life-threatening condition. I was told that I needed to stop running marathons, vegetarianism, and living in the city. The experts all agreed I should stop working, give up my career and avoid all stress. The journey to find the one person who would save me by telling me that I didn’t have to give up my values and goals to survive was fraught with scary nay-saying characters.  The Wizard never appeared. I had to be courageous and be my own guide. I kept moving forward to achieve my goals whether I’d be here for a mere few months or many years to come.  I discovered that, I alone, held the power within me to take me safely home to live the life of my dreams.