January 13, 2004.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
We all have wondrous dreams of how we wish our lives could be, beautiful breath taking imagery that delightfully dances across the silver screens of our minds. And it is in these dreams, those cherished beliefs that we hold deep down in our hearts and souls, that our destinies are shaped.
These stunning, incredible dreams paint a picture of a better life, providing us a much needed glimmer of hope even during our toughest of times. Yet far too often we turn our backs on our dreams and our destinies, refusing to see our lives as they could be or then living them as they should be.
There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better, nobler, holier than it knows now.
Henry Ward Beecher
It is human nature to aspire to something bigger and better; to find a way to bring out our very best daily. It is only natural for us to aspire to something much better than where we presently find ourselves today. Yet for one reason or another, we often times fail to seek out something much higher and this goes against the grain.
After all, each of us are programmed for success right from birth, endowed with an indefatigable desire to aspire, pursue and attain the best life has to offer. We all long for a better life where we are free to follow our dreams, to uncover that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And we all yearn to explore the unknown beyond, to discover just how good life can become. Thats precisely why we must aspire to something much higher each and every day of our lives.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
Why would anyone hesitate to jump at the chance to make his or her life the exciting, unbelievably great adventure it deserves to be? Well, theres one reason and one reason only: FEAR. Thats right; the fear of failing or coming up short is enough to stop most people cold in their tracks. They are so petrified at the prospects of failing that they find themselves literally paralyzed from their head to their toes, unable to make a move.
Hey, we need to get one thing straight right now. Holding ourselves back, afraid that we may make a mistake or make some sort of goof up is a sure fire, one way ticket to mediocrity.
We need to succeed, we need to make something positive out of our lives and we really need to aspire to something much higher than we accomplished the day before. And more than anything else, we need to fulfill these needs.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
There is something special, something truly amazing that dwells within each of us; a compelling, convincing purpose that makes us come alive, that makes us tick. And it is this purpose that gives us a reason for living.
This one of a kind, distinctively unique purpose is what we are all about, what we were placed on earth to accomplish. If we fail to heed that positive charged voice resonating within that beseeches to go for the gold and not worry about coming up short, how can we expect to live our dreams? In a nutshell, we cant. And thats not going to do, is it?
Instead of fretting about what may or may not occur if you go for it, why not take the plunge feet first and see what happens? How will you ever know how good your life can get if you are unwilling to give it a go? In a world desperately short of heroes and heroines, why not step forward and stake your claim as one of the very best?
Maybe you should follow the advice of motivational speaker Les Brown when he said, Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, youll land among the stars. When you consistently aspire to something much higher than what youve got right now, something much higher is precisely what youll get.
The Bottom Line: You need to look up, not down, and shoot for something much higher each and every day.
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