It’s time to have the conversation.
“If you want to live an exceptional and extraordinary life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a normal one.” -Srinivas Rao
Whatever you are doing while reading this story, stop. Take a moment & ask yourself: Is this what I want to do every single day for the rest of my life?
If your answer is yes, stop reading, put down your device, and continue doing what you love. I’m happy for you.
However, if you would rather be somewhere else, doing something else, or aren’t feeling fulfilled in life, keep reading. I’ve got something to tell you.
As a child, I would look up at the stars and stare in awe at the sheer beauty of the night sky. Whenever I saw a shooting star, I’d stop, take a moment, and ask myself what I wanted to be when I grew up.
A writer? Prime Minister? An astronaut?
I never really knew if any of this would happen in my lifetime. However, I didn’t care. Because each time I looked up into the darkness, the light inspired me. I was driven, motivated, and wildly ambitious to achieve everything.
Right now, Imagine yourself surrounded in nature, wishing upon a star, at peace with the entire universe. What do you see? How do you feel? It’s during these moments of pure bliss & tranquillity that we’re able to look within and discover who we are.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”
My ambitions now are still as strong as they were 12 years ago in the fields of rural England. I may not be a writer, astronaut, or Prime Minister (yet); however, I still have the same drive & determination to achieve a happy life.
Here’s why most people give up on their dreams.
Most people give in to criticism, negative self-talk, and don’t put in the work to accomplish whatever they set out to achieve. Instead of focusing on long-term aspirations, they are seeking short-term validation from others before they progress with the next step of their lives.
Don’t let someone who gave up on their dreams talk you out of chasing yours.
Those who have great ambition will know that their dreams are often called “unrealistic” by their friends & family. Although our loved ones have good intentions and are just saying it to stop us from getting damaged by failure, it’s these comments which prevent dreams from happening in the first place. Why?
Because doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
If you genuinely believe in your ability to achieve something, you have to show up.
Every single day, you have to put in the work. A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination & hard work.
How To Start
“First, do what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
There’s no better time to start than right now. Because if you’re waiting for the perfect time, you’ll be waiting forever.
Before you go to bed, ask yourself to take a moment, and think about what your dream is. Let it marinate overnight inside your subconscious. So when you wake up the following morning, your mind will be primed with ideas on how to make it happen.
As Robert Collier once stated, “Our subconscious minds have no sense of humour, play no jokes & cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about will eventually manifest in our lives”.
Never Lower Your Target; Increase Your Actions
“Don’t be upset with the results from the work you didn’t do.”
In the words of Grant Cardone, Most people underestimate the amount of effort, energy and resources that are required ever to succeed.
If you are the type of person who gives up on their dreams, quits when times get tough, and never follows through with massive action, you will (most likely) never accomplish anything extraordinary. Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.
If you genuinely want to be successful, taking massive action on your dreams is mandatory.
You won’t accomplish much if you only work on the days you feel like it. Times will be tough. There will be days where you feel like quitting, and want to retreat into your comfort zone. But remember this: Pain is temporary; quitting lasts forever.
Once upon a time, you were a child with dreams & aspirations. But it’s not too late. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Never give in to criticism or self-doubt.
Approach every situation with a whatever-it-takes mindset.
Because you are what you do; not what you say you’ll do.