Successful people always begin with a dream. They dream big dreams and display great courage to do things that others say cannot be done.
Your dreams form the foundation of success. Many people have long forgotten the dreams they used to have when they were kids. As they progress in the journey of life, they are simply too tied up with their work activities so much so that they failed to discover what they really want to pursue in life. They constantly find themselves trap in a routine work system that can potentially rob them of their dreams.
Below are some practical steps you can take to pursue your dreams:
Learn to dream again
We are born to have dreams. Children often share about their dreams and what they want to be when they grow up. However, we hear of incidents when school teachers caught those dreaming in class and yelled, “Stop dreaming and pay attention in class!” There are also times when their parents shrieked, “Stop dreaming and get on with your homework!” Under such environment where children learn and grow up, dreaming seems to be an unproductive act as they are often told not to dream. As people grow, they are told to forget their dreams and become realistic, because they are living in a “real” world. In the end, many of them get too “realistic” and gave up their dreams totally!
Write a dream list
Take a day off and go to a place without any disturbances. Bring along a writing pad and a pen but leave your mobile phone at home to free you from possible interference. Write down a dream list of what you want to have, what you want to be, and what you want to do. Some examples may be: I want to have $1 million dollars in my bank account in 3 year's time; I want to be a millionaire entrepreneur by 30 years old; I want to be financially free by 40 years old; or I want to spend more quality time with my family.
Dream big dreams
Never set mental boundaries on what you are capable of achieving. Dreams are free anyway and therefore, as long as you are dreaming, you might as well dream big dreams. Many people can't realize their dreams to achieve greater success in their lives simply because they limit their own beliefs.
Flee from dream killers
Dream killers are devastating to your success. Your friends, colleagues and even your loved ones can possibly be one of your dream killers. There will be enough people out there who will try to distract you, confuse you, or persuade you to build the life THEY want and not the life that YOU want. Stop listening to people who tell you why you wouldn't achieve your dreams. You just need to believe you can achieve whatever you set out do. Others can only discourage you temporarily but you're the only one who can prevent yourself being discouraged permanently!
Stop giving excuses
Have you realized that children frequently talk about what they can do whereas many adults are doing just the opposite? Adults frequently talk about what they can't do and provide reasons why. Stop giving reasons why you can't achieve your dreams. Many of these so-called reasons are merely excuses. If you keep giving excuses for not achieving, it wouldn't take long before you become convinced that you'll never accomplish what you originally set to achieve. Life can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your dreams today can create the life you live tomorrow. As Henry Ford rightly puts it, “Whether you think you can or cannot, you’re absolutely right.”
Take action immediately
After having big and clear dreams, take immediate action to work towards making them come true. Very often, people intend to take action after writing the dream list when their emotions are still high. However, if they don't translate their intentions into action soon, their passion will begin to diminish over time. Weeks later, the passion will grow cold and months later, that passion may be gone forever! Think about this: 5 birds are resting on the fence and minutes later, 3 birds decide to fly off to search for food. How many birds are left on the fence? Did you just say 2? Wrong! There should still be 5 birds resting on the fence because deciding to fly off is not the actual act of flying off. The birds wouldn't be able to get the food until they take action to fly away from their comfort zone.
Take courage to pursue your dreams and don't quit. Successful people cling to their dreams against all odds and pursue their dreams no matter what and how long it takes. Hang on to your dreams and take the necessary actions to make them come true. It may not be easy though, but it is definitely worth it!
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Kelvin Wong is a millionaire investor, author, and landlord in 3 countries. He currently owns a multi-million dollar property portfolio in Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. With his assets generating multiple streams of income to sustain his desired lifestyle, Kelvin became financially free at 39. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Dean's List) degree and a Diploma in Business Management. Kelvin writes about building wealth and achieving financial freedom in his free time.
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