Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child, listen to the DON’TS
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS, the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES. Then listen close to me
Anything can happen, child. ANYTHING can be.
– Shel Silverstein
Dreams are a powerful thing. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “a man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” Having dreams is not enough in itself. It requires the passion to do everything you know to see it through. It requires sleepless nights, occasional battles and skin as thick as a rhino. Sometimes following your dreams requires sacrificing life as you know it.
I hear a lot of people rattle off about dream weddings, dream jobs, dream mates, dream houses, but I rarely see those same people talk with the same passion about the goals to make those dreams come true. Having a plan is key to seeing your desires come true. You have to form the habit of saying “Yes” to your own ideas. Then write down all the reasons why they will work. There will be plenty of people around to tell you why they won’t work, but you have to hold on to the hope that anything is possible.
As someone who is living right smack dab in the middle of my dreams (not that there’s not days or circumstances that aren’t perfect), here are five things that got me here so far.
1. Never stop learning – Take classes, go back to school, read books, join a discussion group. If you are interested in a subject, make time to learn
2. It’s in the details – Get all the facts, and ask for input. This will help you make wiser decisions. Acknowledge your mistakes, but don’t beat yourself up. Learn from your mistakes
3. It’s not all about you – Zig Zigler wisely said, “you get what you want, by helping others get what they want.”
4. Wake up – Paul Valery (french poet) said, “the best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” You have to live life awake. Pay attention to everything around you.
5. Make the goal – Define your goal, write it down, evaluate your goal, set objectives and make a checklist.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve