“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
As we come to the end of 2016 it’s a natural instinct to start to reflect back through the year and take a mental close up look into how we lived the year. What we did, what we saw, what we said good or bad, where we went and with who and all we accomplished.
Did we make effective use of the time we were given? Did we soar or did we fail?
These are valuable and valid questions to ask our selves. I can truly say that 2016 for me began with a bang and a slight fear as I started posting videos on YouTube. I did this to encourage myself to come out of my shell. I also started my love affair with writing which blossomed into a full scale relationship which has given me so much joy. I end the year with some accomplished goals and dreams and yet to be fulfilled goals and dreams.
I’m sure as you, you will have a few words to share how you’re 2016 started and has come to an end. So as we enter another year with am sure for some with some mix emotions of fear,confusion, happiness or excitement. How can we begin 2017 and prepare to make it a great and successful year now and right through till it’s end?
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard
Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasied about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.
This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualisation, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.
But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.
The most common problem is fear, fear of the unknown. The second is not setting goals and setting high and big goals for our lives. Some of us see setting goals as impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this. I love this quote by Corrie ten Boom.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
― Corrie ten Boom
This so true the unknown can be such a big black hole the Bermuda Triangle of life. However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment we all would not be here right now.
Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.
On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.
Try this exercise that has worked for me over the years and for my clients to allow them and me to achieve amazing success in our lives.
- Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’
- Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’
- As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’
- As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.
You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to help you aim higher in life if you have not been in the past, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.
Is important to note and let you know that those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.
“You can’t stop the future, You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret …is to press play.”
― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would have laughed at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these things are now possible and those dreams in peoples minds are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.
Ask any gym enthusiast and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.
So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible for you.
Enter into 2017 with belief that any thing is possible if you believe it is, believe in yourself and put the work into making your dreams become reality in 2017.
I wish you every success for the New Year you can do it….I end with this quote.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa