There is statement about the American Dream. If you dream big and work hard you can become anything you want to become. I do believe this statement. I am just not sure it is an American dream, I believe it is humanity’s dream. I believe as human beings we all want to dream of a better life for ourselves and our loved ones. So, if all agree this is true, why do so many not achieve their dreams? The reality is no one cares about your dreams except you and there lies the rub.
No one will sacrifice for your dreams unless you are willing to sacrifice for your own dreams. What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve your goals and dreams? Nothing will come to you easy. You can’t complete your friend’s dream, your spouse’s dream or your children’s dream without their own hard work and sacrifice. You cannot care more than the person dreaming.
Some people believe that only the fortunate or the lucky can achieve their dreams. Our only limitations on achieving our dreams live only in our own heads. The universe is ours for the taking if we dream big enough. Aristotle was quoted as “we are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit”. This is the reason why so many laymen believe in luck instead of understanding the process to achieving your dreams. We all have habits, some are good habits and some are bad habits. The key to your dreams in learning and executing more good habits than bad. We all attract every situation into our lives through our thoughts and habits.
But what about the pain that pursuing a dream can cause? The heartache of failure. Yes, you will fail, many times. The embarrassment of ridicule by those too afraid to pursue their dreams. The constant advice of those “loved ones” that never accomplished anything in their lives urging you to quit wasting your time and give up. Living with the lack of income your dream has not produced yet. Yes pursuing your dream will be painful temporarily. However, the pain of regret for not pursuing your dream will last your entire life. If either way there will be pain, I would rather live with the short term temporary pain of working on my dreams than a milder lifetime pain of regret, how about you? Don’t give up your dreams, because you are the only one that will ever care. Go get your dream!
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”—Napoleon Hill
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Tim Wilhoit is owner/principal of Your Friend 4 Life Insurance Agency in Nashville, TN. He is a family man, father of 3, grandfather of 3, entrepreneur, insurance agent, life insurance broker, employee benefit specialist, salesman, sales trainer, recruiter, public speaker, blogger, author and team leader with over 32 years of experience in sales and marketing in the insurance and beverage industries.