September 22, 2007.
"The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Most of us hold within ourselves a number of goals and objectives we want to accomplish in our lifetimes. There are those larger than life, almost mind-boggling dreams that make us come alive with energy and excitement and then there are those smaller yet equally important dreams we yearn to achieve.
Dreams, dreams and more dreams dance about in our hearts and race around in our heads, giving us hope, optimism and a reason for living. Regardless of where we are right now and what we have accomplished to date, we will never run out of awe-inspiring, breathtakingly beautiful dreams. Until the day we die, there will always be a resplendent rainbow of great things to chase and bring to life.
"Dreams are like letters from God. Isn't it time you answered your mail?"
Marie Louis von Franz
Unfortunately, too many people see their dreams as only pie-in-the-sky fantasies that they can never actually obtain. Now don't get me wrong. They still have their dreams and they still wish that they could come true. But they have unknowingly allowed life's day to day pressures and problems to wear them down, wear them out and ultimately wear away at their dreams. While their dreams are still there, they have given up hope that they can ever actually obtain them.
Their dreams have become little more than elusive pipedreams, castles in the sky and nothing more. Instead of chasing their dreams, these individuals just go through the motions as one day after another sadly slips through their fingertips. They want to do better, they wish they could do better, but just don't BELIEVE they can do better. So they don't. And their dreams remain just that... only dreams.
"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate accomplishments."
Making your dreams come true is no easy task. After all, it's easy to get distracted and sidetracked with all the things we need to do daily. Way too easy. Home and work responsibilities can eat up every minute of our day if we're not careful, leaving little if any time to pursue our dreams.
Far too often our dreams continually get placed on the back burner as we struggle to keep our heads afloat while doing those things that need to be done. Sometimes, with our hectic schedules tugging at us from all directions, we lose sight of our objectives. Oh sure, we still have our dreams and still say we're going to pursue them someday. But more often than not that someday never comes around.
"With practice and focus, you can extend yourself far more than you ever believed possible."
So how do you stay focused when life's bouncing you around like a pogo stick? How do you go about staying locked in on your target when life throws all sorts of distractions your way? For starters, you must delineate between your pipedreams and those got-to-have-it-no-matter-what-it-takes goals and objectives that drive you and make you feel alive. And then go after these dreams with every ounce of passion and fervor you can muster every single day for the rest of your life.
That's right; you must relentlessly pursue the attainment of your most cherished dreams daily. Not every once in a while or whenever you can fit it into your schedule. That type of stinking thinking is never going to get you anywhere close to making your dreams come true. You've got to really want them - and then really get after them with everything you've got. No holding back, no letting go and most importantly, no excuses whatsoever.
You'll never really know what kind of astonishing, incredible, absolutely amazing things you can do until you just go out there and do them.
The Bottom Line: The prizes of life we fail to win because we doubt the power within.
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