The Dream That Only You Can See

We all have dreams, ambitions, and goals in life. Some of them, we are more passionate about than others. Some people’s goals may be as simple as getting out of debt or starting to eat a little more healthy. But other goals may come to you during your life and it’s not some average goal to you. These goals are something that mean everything to you deep inside. They are usually long-term and may be something that most people will never understand. These goals are called Dreams. Sure, if you tell someone about the dream you have for your life, they will say “you can do it” or “I believe in you”. But inside you know that they can’t possibly understand what it truly means to you. You’ve vividly envisioned yourself achieving that dream and there is no way a family member could ever visualize it the way that you have. That leaves it up to you to make it become a reality.

When you realize your dream for your life: you visualize it everyday, you research how to get there, and you probably even write down what it will take for you to get there. But, usually, you will start to see how long it will take, how many details are involved, how much it could cost, and how hard it will be. This can be a pretty big let down because you saw this dream in your life and all of a sudden it seems impossible now. It’s like you were all motivated to chase your dream and then life said “that’ll never happen”. At this point, it’s pretty easy to say “yeah, I could just try something else and still be happy”. But, moving on is not the only option available. Why not press forward anyways? Will you be happier looking back saying “I wish I did that” or “I am happy I didn’t quit that day.”? The great thing about life is that we are in control of our accomplishments.

Let’s be completely honest and straightforward for a second. Life is going to have ups and downs, period. You simply can’t skate around the fact that you will have bad times in your life. So, if your excuse for not chasing your dream is that it will be hard and that it scares you too much, well, it sounds like you are saying you will have bad times. Life has given you a contract and in the fine print it states: ‘You will experience low points in your lifetime’. If we are going to have low points regardless, why not let these low points be on our path to our dream?

Let’s be honest again, there are no handouts in life that are going to make you reach your dream. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but the fact is the rest of the world won’t lose any sleep if you don’t chase your dream. The only way you will get the grand prize is to put in hard work. Just putting a little bit of effort here and there isn’t going to do anything but make you feel a little better. Hard work means that you give your best effort every single day towards the next step to your dream. It’s not going to be easy and it will suck the whole time but the result will be greater than you could ever imagine. Losing 20 to 30 pounds won’t happen from a little bit of work here and there. It will take months of eating healthy, pushing your body to its’ limits in the gym, and leaving the gym drenched in sweat and feeling half dead. But, when you look in that mirror and see that you’re a new person no one can take the feeling from you. And getting a degree that you want isn’t as simple as copying and pasting your assignments from the internet. You will have to stay up half the night reading and learning your work to get a high GPA. But, when you graduate with honors and get accepted into an advanced program or residency, you will be at a high point in your life. That is only 2 examples of following a dream and the end result. No matter what your dream is, take it and visualize what hard work you will have to do and how long it will take. Then visualize the feeling when you accomplish it and what the result will be. When you do that it will give you that extra motivation to keep going.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

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