Look. All human beings have a dream. At one point or another in our lives we all longed to accomplish more, do more, and be more. Yet, often times, somewhere along the way we begin to lose that vision; we lose our hope. We allow our circumstances to pull us back to “reality.” Or even worse, we allow the fear of failure or other opinions about us to hold us back. So rather than continuing forth with that dream we once held so dear to our heart, we give up – or never even begin. And in turn, since we did not have the courage, resiliency, or will power to chase our own dreams we want to tell everyone else why they cant have theirdream.
Don’t become one of these people!!!
Instead, choose today to become a dream chaser. And stop at nothing until you reach your dream(s). Before setting out on your journey, please take note of the following that I’ve learned in route of my own dreams:
1) Dream YOUR Dream. It’s important you chase what it is you desire. Don’t go after a dream that was once your mom or dad’s dream. Don’t try and please your friends or family with your choice. And don’t choose to chase a dream that you “think” is appealing because you’ve seen what the end result could look like for you. Instead, choose to pursue the very thing that keeps you up every night thinking about it. Choose to pursue the thing that you’d be willing to do for free, or work at for free, because you enjoy it so much. Choose to dream your dream and be willing to chase it relentlessly and fearlessly!
2) Don’t be afraid of failure. Choosing to get started and beginning to chase your dream is often the most challenging part. To trulybegin, however, you must not be afraid to fail. It’s one thing to say you’re “dreaming your dream” but it’s another to say you’re actually putting yourself out there and risking failure and embarrassment while striving for your dream. In order to learn the most and grow the most, you must NOT be afraid of failure. It’s inevitable that you’ll fail. Not just once a day, once a week, or once a month, but more likely multiple times each day. If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll not fully put yourself out there to engage in opportunities that could potentially benefit you and your future.
3)Keep on keeping on. Once you’ve decided to throw yourself entirely into your dream and you begin to endure many failures, it’s important that you “keep on keeping on!” Or in other words, you must be willing to display a tremendous amount of persistence and perseverance. When you’re faced with rejection, how will you respond? When others tell you that you can’t make it work, what will you do to ensure you will make it work? You must stay the course and keep on keeping on your journey toward your dream!
4) Enjoy the journey. We live in a world of which people desire instant gratification and to have things right away. Even at red lights (while driving), people go right to their phone and pick it up to scroll through their Facebook news feed and/or check their email. Constantly having something at our fingertips and having access to things right now has tricked people into thinking that our dreams work the same way. Truth is, an overnight success takes years and years of work before you actually wake up and realize your dream is a success. So during those years of work, it’s important for you to enjoy the journey. When you’re truly enjoying the journey, you’re keeping yourself open to opportunities that might have otherwise passed you by because you weren’t “open” and ready to receive them. In addition, enjoying the journey allows you to recognize your failures as opportunities for growth. It allows you to continue to dream your dream because you realize everything that is happening to you can be chalked up as experiences. And even if negative, the more experiences you have in life, the better off you’ll be in being able to continue dreaming your dream!