You’ve all heard it before… the old “Never give up on your dream” speech. But little by little, one by one, those dreams of yours fall to the ground, get covered by life’s mundane realities and are never thought of again. Book after book and motivational speech after speech, yet somehow those dreams still lie buried beneath your doubts and confusion.
But then something magical happens. You search on YouTube for an inspirational video and somehow under the muck, that spark glimmers yet again. It’s your dream! It seems to be calling out to you. You look as other people seem to be fulfilling their dreams and say aloud to yourself, “Maybe I can do this… again.”
Life has a way of getting people caught up in its necessities and responsibilities that prior dreamers don’t even realize they’ve allowed their own dream to die. Here are six reasons to never give up on your dream.
1. Your dream was placed in your heart for a purpose.
Some people think having a dream is some sort of self-serving possibility they will get to if they have time. But what you need to know is that you have been chosen to carry this dream to reality. If you don’t do it, who will? Your dream carries a premium price because it serves a purpose greater than you.
2. Your dream uncovers a need in the world.
Let’s assume your dream is for others beyond yourself. You must stay focused on the fact that if you give up, others will not experience the answer to their problem. Understand that the decision to quit is always bigger than you.
3. People secretly believe you will succeed.
We all know about the “haters”-those who secretly (or even openly) want to sabotage your dreams. But let’s not focus on them yet. There is a whole other group of people who want you to win! See, if you accomplish your dreams, you will give them that needed burst of faith to accomplish (or maybe even begin) their dream.
4. People want you to fail.
Here is where the haters come in. There are actually people in your life right now who are stuck in life. They want to get out, but they are not willing to commit the time, energy, money (in some cases) or belief into digging their way out of the quicksand of failure. Indeed, they feel more comfortable in their present situation than taking strides to change it. It’s scary for them. So they want you to stay stuck with them.
You must make the decision to keep pressing through, no matter what the haters say. As you pick up your dream again, you just might entice a few of them to pick up theirs.
5. Your “Why”
Why did you begin on the journey to your dream in the first place? Making money was probably a good motivator, but what is the real “Why” behind the dream. Is to break the cycle of poverty in your family? To travel the world? To stop a horrendous social crime in your country? At the inception of your dream, what was the reason you even began?
When you are tempted to quit on your dream, go back to your “Why” and remind yourself that the need is still there, and you need to keep going.
6. You Owe it to Yourself
You can spend all day and night trying to accomplish your dream for others, but at the end of the day, you need to realize that you owe it to yourself to succeed. At the end of your life, don’t you want to be able to smile, knowing you made a difference in the world and accomplished the very thing you were created for? Then go. Pick that dream up, dust it off and refocus.
Remember, success is a choice. It is the byproduct of determination, skill, hard work and let’s not forget, faith. Go back to that YouTube inspirational video if you need to! But above all else, make a decision today to live on purpose and never give up on your dream. The world is waiting for you to shine!
By Dana Che | Online Business Owner