“Impossible is an opinion, not a fact.” – Muhammed Ali.
What STOPS people from following their dreams?
Have you ever asked yourself this question? What is your answer?
So many people have come to me and said that they wish they could do amazing things, like; write a book, start a business or even become an astronaut, and then, as quickly as the excitement comes from dreaming, they drop into a pit of dismay and tell me all the reasons why they can’t do it. I don’t have the time, money, knowledge, skills, people or even luck. People have so many reasons for giving up and so few reasons to keep going. People become experts of their limitations. They know everything and anything about their limitations and that stops them. Dead. In. Their. Tracks.
What do you need to follow your dream?
You need to have the belief that it is possible… that’s it. Everything else is just smoke and mirrors, the detail that will come to you at the time you need it.
I remember when I left my corporate slavery (I mean job) to start my own business. Everyone around me was so interested in having coffee with me, probably because secretly they want to do it but they don’t have the courage to. They asked me what I was planning to do and how I would make a success of it. I told them briefly what my plan was, namely, TRY. Yes, that simple. I would try my best to make it work and not give up on the first obstacle that comes my way. Now I have a profitable business and will never go back to the corporate world. I am officially unemployable. And to this day, I still remind myself that all I need to be successful is not the right financial metrics or marketing campaigns or sales tricks (yes, these are important but they are learnt skills and you will learn them through trial and error), what you need is the belief, the courage and the hope that comes from knowing whatever you are searching for is possible. If you don’t believe that it is possible then you won’t try and that will lead to guaranteed failure. That is the only way you can truly fail, is to not try.
How can I believe in my dream more?
Figure out exactly what you want?
The first thing you have to do is answer the following questions;
- What do you want?
- Where do you want to be?
- How do you want to feel?
- Who do you want to be surrounded by?
The law of attraction is a powerful phenomenon. The trick that most people miss is they are not clear with what they want, then they attract it and then they are upset because it is not exactly what they wanted… crazy. I know. How can you expect to go somewhere specific if you do not know where you want to go? That is the first step, know exactly where you want to be.
Have a compelling why that keeps you motivated
You have to create a pull motion towards your dream… ok, what does that mean? You have to have a powerful WHY as to why you want that dream. If your dream is to make a lot of money and your why is, uhm I dono just because, then that isn’t going to drive you very far. You need to have a compelling why that drives you past the obstacles, because when the hard times come (and I bet you that they will) it is your reasons that will get you to overcome them. With a powerful enough why, you can overcome anyhow.
Try and be kind to yourself
The biggest learning one can do is to try, make a mistake and course correct. Every successful person started as a failure. Every icon started as a nobody. And every genius started as a novice. It goes with the territory. If you are going to wait until you have everything sorted before you start, you are going to wait a looooooooooooooong time and guess what, you are never going to have it all figured out, which means you will never get started – this is why so many people don’t get ahead in life. So try, make a mistake and when you make one don’t beat yourself up about it, rather thank yourself for trying and figure out how to do it better next time. You are going to be just fine if you fail, just keep going. Keep believing and keep making this world a better place.
The question now is, what are you going to do differently?