Did you know that it is good to dream? Not daydream about nothing, but dream about where you want to go with your life and what you want to do with it. The more you dream, the more it will inspire you, empower you, excite you and motivate you. George Bernard Shaw says, “You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'”
Consider this phrase for a moment - “You were made for a mission!” Every person has been created to make a difference in this earth. What difference are you planning to make? What is your “mission”? Has anybody ever told you that you cannot succeed? Do you believe them? For what purpose have you allowed your dreams to come to a standstill? What has been your reward for doing this?
You may have felt you have lost the right to dream again, but in reality, you never lose that right unless you believe it to be true. Many people have failed in life, but that doesn’t make you a failure. Why? Because failure is an event, not a person. Here are a list of some people who dreamed, failed, but dared to dream again. The results of their continued dreaming I’m sure you are familiar with.
- Walt Disney’s first cartoon production company went bankrupt.
- Elvis Presley’s music teacher at High School gave him a C and told him he couldn’t sing.
- When she was at drama school, Lucille Ball was told that she had no talent and should go home.
- During their first year, Coca-Cola sold a total of only 400 Cokes.
- During his first three years in the automobile business, Henry Ford went bankrupt twice.
- Thomas Edison tried more than 2, 000 experiments before he was able to get his light bulb to work.
- Albert Einstein didn’t start speaking until he was 9 years old.
- Ludwig von Beethoven was deaf when he wrote some of his best music.
- Glenn Cunningham suffered such severe burns when he was 5 yrs. old that doctors told him he would never walk again. In 1934, he set the World Record for the mile.
If you have stopped dreaming, then it’s time you start again. Write your dreams down. Make them wild: What do you really want? What have you been told you could never have? What things are you passionate about that would allow you to leave your mark on the world? What things would you pursue if there were no restrictions on you? Create your written list of dreams. Diana Scharf Hunt once said, “Goals that are not written down are just wishes.” Writing them down will keep them in front of your eyes and make them more achievable.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go ahead. I dare you! Dare to dream.
In life we often motivated by two things - pain and pleasure. Everything we do is either out of our desire to gain pleasure or our need to avoid pain. We will actually do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure.
Why is it that some people aggressively pursue their dream and others do not? The answer is simple. Often people know that succeeding would benefit them, but they fail to follow through because they associate more pain to doing what is needed than missing out on the opportunity. For most people, the fear of loss, is greater to them than their desire gain.
To others, the pleasure of success is what they are aiming for, but it can be the actual pain of failure that drives them to succeed.
Anthony Robbins states, “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”