You look up and feast your eyes on a giant wall. What do you do? Climb over it? Under it? Or would you just walk away? What if all of your dreams and everything you ever wanted lied behind that wall, but you choose to walk away? What if all of the things you have ever wanted laid behind this wall. If we could change our perspective of the possibility of our dreams coming true becomes reality. Our wildest dreams might actually in fact be closer than you think, but I guarantee you will have to push past some walls. In life it is so easy to get stuck in a routine. We quickly adapt to our environment and live our lives going through the motions. “Studies show that 80 percent of Americans do not have their dream job” (Sinek, S. 2009) Many are quick to blame their circumstances on other people or the economy, but success is less about external factors and more about who you are within. Reaching your dreams takes determination and hard work ethic. You can consider yourself not to be talented but if you have work ethic, determination, and a unrequited belief in your own dreams your potential for success is limitless.
“Don’t follow your dreams, chase after them”. -Richard Dumb
Find out what your dream is
What kind of person do you want to be? In order to chase after your dream you have to first discover what your dream is. Write down your long-term and short term goals. Not a goal like you want to be married, you want a promotion, or a better boss. Those are things that are out of your reach, because they are not in your authority to facilitate them. You cannot make someone fall in love with you, nor can you force your work to give you the raise you deserve, nor can you make your boss a nicer person.You cannot achieve your dreams if they are not in your control. Find your dream that you, yourself can facilitate.
Know that it is possible
If your dreams do not intimidate you, you need to expand your mind and allow for deeper thinking. When chasing after something worthwhile there will be times when you will think that reaching the goal you first envisioned is impossible. Erase these thoughts. You are capable of achieving any dream if you set your mind to it. I am completely convinced that the human mind is stronger than the human physique. If you set your mind to running a marathon you will do exactly that, but many give up because they allow the fear of pain or disappointment to stop them from finishing the race.
Realize that it will not be easy
Worth Ethic.Everything worth having comes at a price. If you want it bad enough you have to earn it. You will never reach the limits you want to without discipline and self control. Wake up everyday and work hard. Give up what you want now so that later you may reap the reward. If we always did what we wanted to do, do you think we would actually get what we wanted.Don’t live a life of complacently. Your dream is in front of you now. Each day set small goals to work towards your dream.
Live beyond your feelings
You have to push past the self-doubt and believe in the power you hold within yourself. You already have enough strength to accomplish even the most impossible dream. If you don’t believe in your own dream, how do you expect any one else to believe in it? Live beyond the feeling of fear that you may fail. Its okay to fail, but it is what you do after failure that demonstrates whether you will succeed or not.Feelings have no explanation they just are and continue to be. Don’t listen to your feelings. They are inconsistent and unreliable. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel like it, do it anyway.
Never Give up on it and don’t use excuses
So many people today are not where they want to be because they gave up on their dream. They say, “I am not good at school”. Well, that is because when studying gets hard you give up. You want a degree, earn it. They say, “I don’t have enough money”. That is because you don’t save your money like you should. When you want something you buy it instead of saving. They say, “I hate my job”. That is because you were okay at having a job you hated because you were comfortable and afraid to take a risk. Realize that the trials and hardships in your life are in place to made you become unbreakable. There is no circumstance you cannot overcome with persistence and perseverance.
Spend time getting to know yourself
A lot of us spend so much time trying to be everyone else we don’t even know who we are anymore. How can we push past our own limits when we don’t even know ourselves? Know who you are before any situation or decision arises. You can never be the best copy cat, but you can be the best you. If you change who you are based on the people you are with it is time for you to work on developing the strength of your own character.
Define your values and passions
What is important to you? What matters? Is this something you care about? Knowing why you do something is at the heart of all success. If you only know what you do and not why you do it eventually you will lose momentum. Whatever you are passionate about, do that everyday. People admire talent, but they admire passion more. If you are doing something you are good at with no passion and no drive you will never be as great as you could have been.
“People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it” -Simon Sinek (Author of “Why Leaders Eat Last
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called STRESS. Working for something we care about is called PASSION. – Simon Sinek (Author of Why Leaders Eat Last, Start With Why)
Know that people won’t share your vision
Not every one is going to think you can accomplish your dreams. Some people cannot see the impossible being done until it happens. For years everyone thought the world was flat. This put exploration and discovery at a halt because everyone was afraid that they would fall off the earth if they ventured too far. Until one day someone decided to go against this belief. This lead to the discovery of America. The decision to think and dream for yourself is an important one. Let your impossible accomplishment be an inspiration to the non-believers.
Understand that it is up to you and no one else
It is about a choice. Who do you want to be? Who do you choose to be? You can make all of the excuses in the world. It’s hard. I know its hard. But the hardest things to achieve have the greatest reward. It doesn’t matter your circumstance, you can have your dream. We have the ability to define ourselves by how we handle our circumstances; not by how our circumstances define us. We choose to rise up or not.
“Yet a part of you still believes you can fight and survive no matter what your mind knows. It is not so strange where there is still life there is still hope. What happens is up to God” – Louis Zamperini (Olympic runner, POW Survivor,WWII Veteran)
Invest in your mind
Your mind is a powerful thing. Don’t fill it with garbage. Read books, go to conferences, listen to podcasts. Spend time investing in your mind. Changing the way you think will change the way you live. Seek knowledge for it will take you places. Education is everything. Learn all that you can. Allow your mind to grow so that you may expand your thought process. People with innovative minds are those who never give up in trying to solve a problem even when the solutions fail time and time again. If something is not working maybe you should shift your perspective. Perspective is essential to having a positive outlook on your dreams. Start looking at life as opportunities for success rather than obligations.
“There are two types of people- those who think they can and those who think they can’t. They are both usually right” -Henry Ford
You can have the life you dreamed you just have to go get it
How bad do you want it? Success is achievable on any level, but it depends on how badly you want it.
Now put on your running shoes and chase after your dream.