Have you ever sat down and wondered what life is really all about? Have you ever looked at someone’s life and said- “I love what she/he is doing and I really want to be like this person”, but still you do nothing about it? Have you ever struggled with finding yourself and your own voice? Have you ever had a dream and in between, life’s struggles, distractions, negative words and challenges choked and silenced those dreams?
Most people wander through life and go round in circles. They have no dream, some have no clear dream, no clear vision of where they want to go. Sometimes, when a great opportunity presents itself to them, they don’t have real insight to see it, grab it and build a dream upon it.
Do you have a dream? What is your dream? Will you achieve it in your lifetime? Are you bold enough to go forth in the direction of your dreams, despising the ‘shame’, staying focused during the sacrifices to eventually live in the truth of your dreams?
In order to fully understand the details of dreams, it’s important that you realistically access where you stand
In connection to dreams, I believe there are four kinds of people:
1) The Non-Dreamers: Those that don’t understand what people mean by “I have a dream”. They believe life is just all about passing through. So they pass through life as ordinary and without recognizing their true potentials. As a result, they remain ignorant and don’t unleash their potentials.
2) The Dreamers who Wait: They say: “I have this strong, big, mega DREAM!”, but they wait, wait, wait some more and do nothing. They depend entirely on LUCK and continue to live in fantasyland. Such people eventually settle for anything. Before they even ‘wake up’ from that ‘dream’ they allow images of challenges, doubt, fear and negativity to stop the flow of those dreams, thus preventing clarification of the vision. These people don’t truly believe in themselves!
3) The Dreamers who Try and Stop: Believe me on this- these people truly have strong and big dreams. But after trying, they give up. In between the ‘hustle and bustle’ of life, they open themselves up to the negativity that people have spoken, limitations society has placed on them and generally allow challenges to drive them to a mediocre destination; because of the above, they prefer to settle.
3) The Dreamers who Implement and DO: These are the bold dreamers who understand that their time in this world is not forever. They understand purpose and passion. When God, dreams, hardwork, purpose and passion are intertwined, you’ll go beyond your expectations. They take a bold step, push, prepare, plan extensively, they despise the shame of people laughing, they keep pushing until they get to their true destination. They see their dreams as solutions to this world and as a means to inspire people around the world. They strive to leave this world a little better than it was before.
Which one of the dreamers are you? Are you embracing your truth and living your dreams? If not, you can still change your current state and mindset and achieve greatness.
What is a DREAM?
A dream is an inspiring picture that takes up on a journey into your future, which energizes your mind, will and emotions , and empowers you in the process to achieve it!- John Maxwell
Your dreams should ALWAYS be BIGGER than you. This is necessary, so that you understand those dreams cannot be achieved by you alone. My dreams are bigger than me and sometimes I shiver at the thought of them. They however make me understand that I need God to achieve those dreams…I need His help through wisdom, ideas, resources, people and more. Any dream that seems like you can “do it on your own” is just a wish. Or maybe you have to dream deeper and bigger. Your wildest dreams will come to pass if you have a dream and if your dreams are bigger than you.
“A dream is the seed of possibility planted in the soul of a human being, which calls him to puruse a unique path to the realization of his purpose”- Sharon Hull
First, you need to recognize that you have a seed within you. The seed of purpose that only you alone is meant to bring forth.
With the above definitions, we know that dreams:
– Challenge you to be better
– Dreams propel you to the next level
– Are Valuable
– Are Assets
– Are solutions…
In general, dreams propel your mind, soul and body to the next level. Dreams are valuable commodities that energize you to enthusiastically achieve them. There are some dreams God has given me that make me work extremely hard at anything I do, just merely thinking about them. God remains my focus and with that, I see the dreams clearer at every phase of my life. There is ALWAYS an unusual, contagious energy that I cannot explain. When I am passionate about something, I can talk about it for days.
Are you passionate about your dreams?
You need to hold on to something to achieve your dreams. It could be just a picture that reminds you that you are working towards something, especially when you feel like giving up.
Dreams are envisioned! That moment you envision it, know within you that it is ALL achievable. Our dreams need to be bigger than we are. When you come to understand, define and clarify your dreams, then you are in line with PURPOSE (consciously or unconsciously, it will get clearer). What is life without purpose anyways?
What’s your excuse?
Sometimes, people get discouraged and eventually beaten out of their dreams. Other times, some create a route of escape.
Some factors stop people from achieving their dreams:
– Lack of Belief in themselves
– Lack of Confidence
– Inner Circle
– The blame game
– Past experiences/hurts/challenges
– Discouragement from people
– The Time Factor
– The “everyone is doing it, so I will forget it” mindset; so I’ll just forget it ETC ETC…the list is endless!
The above factors are individual topics that will be expanded upon in different articles.
I cannot stress this enough- YOU need to BELIEVE in YOURSELF! If you don’t believe in yourself, noone else will. I was in this pit before, especially during my teenage years. Despite the love given to me by my family, I still felt lonely. This was as a result of an operation I had on my left leg. I felt like it took away my life- I mean, literally. But thank God for a wonderful mother who helped take me out of that pit and encouraged me through God’s word. This has always been my strength and I acknowledge God everytime. I have learnt to trust deeply in my creator and He has made me understand and love myself better. I believe when we truly come to embrace and love who we are and who God has called us to be, confidence grows, we become bold enough to leave those relationships and friendships that don’t encourage us and challenge us to be better people. If you want to be rich and wise- walk with the rich and wise; learn from them and apply the knowledge!
Have you ever looked in a mirror? [Forget about the seen and unseen scars of the past.] You are truly BEAUTIFUL! You just need to embrace your uniqueness and live in the reality of your dreams. Always remember that- IMPOSSIBLE is NOTHING!
Have you truly meditated on the quote below?
“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, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were 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 light shine, we unconsciously give other people per mission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” by Marianne Williamson
If the DREAM isn’t BIG, it’s not worth pursuing.
The world is filled with dream crushers and idea killers. These people don’t have dreams of their own, so they discourage, instill negativity and generally try their best to sit on or trample upon people’s dreams. Other people’s success makes them feel inadequate or in secure. If people have discouraged you in any form from dreaming, you can start dreaming again; anything that stops you from becoming what you are meant to be or what you dreamt of, has now become your ‘God’.
During this process, NEVER compare yourself or your dreams to others. You should never let others set the standard for you. Believe, even when others don’t. Follow your dreams and you’ll attract the right friends and people.
Sometimes, people recognize that you have great potential, so they do their best to stop you from achieving your goals. Be very careful about such people. Don’t tell everyone your dreams! Be mindful of who you allow into your inner circle. What are you afraid of? Loosing those friendships? Well, the truth is you are scared of some human beings. Stop waiting for people before you change and break forth towards achieving your dreams!
It’s time to go back to the drawing board of your life and start to dream again. DREAM BIG and WILD! You can do the IMPOSSIBLE, if only you believe and take action steps. Conquer your fear today. The world is waiting to see your talents, gifts, dreams and potentials!
It’s time to work extremely hard. STOP dreaming and waiting. STOP depending on luck. FAITH needs you to ‘ACTION’ your dreams out loud. Put your dreams to the test today and the world will conspire to make those dreams a reality. Develop and sharpen your strengths.
If you need to work in a bank to help you achieve your dreams- DO IT! If you need to leave your job to achieve your dreams, STOP WASTING TIME, LEAVE AND START NOW! Make strategic plans, seek advice from the right people, read motivational books, broaden your horizon, take risks, go back to school if you need to, go on the internet (research and learn something new everyday)…YOU are the YOU that you’ve been waiting for!
Decide NOW to make a conscious effort today to realize your dreams and put them to work. I was talking to a friend sometime ago on making an effort to change. If you realize that you have a bad attitude- Let’s say you always see things in a negative perspective. This has affected your life and you impose the negative mindset on other people. When you come to a clear realization that you can change your attitude and change your life, but you keep blaming it on “being only human”, then you’re truly not ready for a change. That change begins with YOU. Are you willing to make that change?
You can change your life today by taking the first step to change yourself from the inside and DREAM OUT LOUD! Lives are waiting for you to inspire, motivate, lift and heal them.
Let today be the day you truly set EVERY SINGLE thing aside and decide to live your dreams. Let your final words be “I thank God or I am so grateful and fulfilled that I was used up of all my talents, gifts, skills and all my investments were used to make this world a little better than it was and to serve mankind .
You must define it before you can pursue it.
There is no magic power in having a dream. You can’t just wait for it. you have to work for it.
We’ve stayed in the BOX for too long. It’s time to STRETCH, leave your comfort zone and expand into the reality of your dreams. Decide to starting WINNING today!
Some people wait for permission that can be given to them only by themselves. It’s never too late to achieve that dream or be that person you always wanted to be. Don’t wait…the best way to start is to start. No matter how small, start and grow!
Remember: Mediocrity is ALWAYS a PERSONAL choice. Mediocirty is an individual lethargic resignation that says, I guess good enough is good enough (John Maxwell)
Don’t settle. You were made for soo much more than you can ever imagine. Don’t be lazy! Get to work 😀
UNLOCK the door to your dreams today. You are the permission you seek.
IMPOSSIBLE is NOTHING. DREAM OUT LOUD!
Stay tuned for Part TWO of DREAMS! Talking about steps to Clarify, Define, and start Acting on your Dreams.
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