I often find myself daydreaming about people I’ve never met, thinking to myself – ‘wow they are so lucky to live the lives they do.’ However, the older I’ve gotten, I’ve realized that
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Whether it’s the mega-famous or the incredible minds of our time, one thread of commonality they share is courage and an incredible work ethic.
At one point or another, they were faced with the choice to pursue a passion or not. To take on the challenge and defy all odds, or do nothing.
I like to believe that if your willing and able to work hard, anything is possible – you can make it. But it all starts with a choice.
Following your dreams can be tough
Sometimes the only time we can devote to pursuing dreams is late in the evening after a hard day of work, or early in the morning before dawn cracks. Going after what you want is going to be a lot of work. However, having the courage to recognize the uphill journey ahead can be an incredibly empowering and motivating force.
When I look back on the goals and dreams I’ve accomplished, I can see how important courage was to their success. Finding courage can give you an inner strength to continue despite setbacks and keep going even when you want to quit. If you imagine persistence as the engine of success, then I see courage as its fuel. Fortunately there are some things you can do to instill your own courage as you pursue your dreams. (source)
I recently read the Miracle Morning, where Hal Elrod has laid out some interesting tools to pursue your dreams before 8:00am. What I found extremely insightful and helpful in realizing my dreams is that sometimes we have to make minor sacrifices for big results. He explains that a lot of us today are incredibly busy with jobs/school/activities/responsibilities and time is precious. If you’re really committed to making your dreams a reality sleep is going to be a casualty in the pursuit of life – and the morning becomes a valuable time to move towards your goals without shirking responsibility.
Finally, it is hard to move towards your dreams, but one of the greatest tools in your toolbox of life:
Your failures and successes are often due to your personal mindset. By changing your perspective, you can begin to understand situations better and start to transform your life. (source)