If actually “following your dreams” was simple, everybody
would be doing it. But as we all know, it isn’t easy—therefore most people
aren’t doing much more than what they think they have to, just to get by. Maybe
at one time they tried to take some steps toward their dream, but things didn’t
go the way they planned, so they just gave up. But, if you’re committed to
pursuing your dreams, it’s important to know, and resist, the most common
The most common dream
It’s up to you whether or not you give up or not.
Laziness – It’s just too much work.
Not having clearly
defined goals – I don’t know where to
start or how to finish.
Thinking “I can’t”
– I’m not good enough. There are so many
others better than me.
Listening to other
people’s negative talk – Maybe what they say about me and my dream is
John wrote: “My dream is to join the SWAT team. Except
all the people at school keep telling me I can't do it. It's frustrating when
everyone around you tries to stop you from doing what you want to do.”
It’s become too
difficult – I can’t stand the
failures and rejection along the road to success.
Money – If only I had more money, my dreams would
Andrea wrote: “What was a major roadblock to achieving my
dreams? Definitely money. I would love to be a social worker or licensed
counselor but by the time I had my bachelors degree I owed over $30,000 in
school loans and couldn’t afford to continue. It kinda feels like I will never
make it to see these loans paid off and be successful.”
Nobody ever achieved his or her dreams just by
wishing. You have to work at it.
Wrong motives – I just want to be loved, rich, and famous.
It’s not your dream
– Those around me will finally be happy
when I ________.
– I’ll never “reach the Sun,” so why even
attempt the journey! (Who knows, maybe you’ll reach the moon!)
Deadlines – If my dream doesn’t come true soon, I’m
going to quit.
Quitting – I’m done. No dream is dead until you
There are always
going to be many opportunities for you to give up. But it’s up to you whether
or not you do. Just remember, as long as you are heading in the right
direction, you are being successful. It’s going to take a lot of work
and persistence. Nobody ever achieved his or her dreams just by wishing. You
have to work at it.
Have you heard people say the joy is in the journey? That is absolutely correct. If you’re
miserable along the way, only thinking you’ll be happy once you reach your
goal, you’re probably going to be miserable once you get there, as well.
And now, the very best
tip I can give you to help make your dreams come true:
Find a way to use
your dream to help other people. If the dream is only for you, it will be
easy to lose motivation and give up. If you can catch a vision for how you will
be able to help and encourage other people, you will find it easier to stay on
track. If you bring purpose and meaning into every situation, it won’t matter
what your occupation is. Wherever you are, and whatever you do can be an
opportunity to help bring life to every stranger you meet. And that’s a dream
all of us should pursue.
I look forward to hearing your
success stories in the coming weeks, months and years. Be fearless and don’t
give up! FOLLOW THE DREAM!
Next week, I’m going to write about “When Should A Guy Stop
Pursuing A Girl?” Please tell me what you think. I look forward to hearing from
I recently heard a song written by Mark Smeby that is an
encouragement to anyone pursuing their dream. I thought you might want to
download it (for free!). It’s called “Pilgrim Man” and I believe it will
Click to download…