It is ok to dream about your future, in fact it is even necessary if you want to make it a reality.
The Power of Imagination
You have a powerful tool that enables you to achieve (almost) anything you want if you know how to use it right: your brain. It helps you to actively shape your own future as it gives you a unique ability that distinguishes you from any other living being: the power of imagination.
Unfortunately, our view of the future is often clouded by the experiences of the past and present. If you want to achieve your full potential, you need to adopt a different approach. You need to accept the deciding factor in how your life is going to turn out is not your experiences of the past or the present, it is your outlook and focus on the future. Of course, the past and the present are important and can inform you about the progress towards your goals but they are in no way an indicator of what will happen in the future.
Simply put: If you don't believe that you can achieve your goals, it is very unlikely that you will. On the other hand, if you do believe that you can achieve your goals, you most likely will. It is a rather simple summary of a highly complex psychological and physiological process.
Dream Big and Set Ambitious Goals
If you listen to people who are very successful in their field, you will hear the same message over and over again: Dream big and believe that the sky is the limit. The scientific research of several disciplines has actually proven that this is more than likely true. So, it would serve you well to also adopt this mindset.
Dreaming big and setting ambitious goals is the start and working hard to accomplish your vision is the next step. There is absolutely no reason why the vision you have for yourself for the future should not become a reality. You have the power to shape your life and the more you believe in your dreams and the harder you work for it, the more likely it is that it will become a reality.
No One Can Stop You
Of course, there are certain limitations, they may be social, financial, cultural or personal but don’t use them as excuses to explain why your vision will not become a reality. Although this is easier said than done, if you persevere, you will eventually find a way to make your dream come true.
Don’t be too worried about your shortcomings or failures either. Again, you can learn a lesson from people who achieved great success, because they too had their limitations and weaknesses. But instead of being discouraged, they embraced them and by doing so turned them into an asset rather than a liability.
Time Is of the Essence
One of the most important factors to consider when you are trying to make your dream come true is time. You will need to accept that great things don’t happen overnight but as long as you are passionate about and fulfilled by what you are doing and enjoy the process, then you are on the right path.
How much time it takes for your vision too turn into a reality, is often not really in your control. There are too many external factors that might influence what you are trying to do. So, don’t focus on them.
You can look at any successful person in the world and you will find that their success didn’t come overnight either. They also had to spend endless hours, days, weeks, months, years or even decades on making their dream come true.
Don’t be discouraged by the failures you will have along the way. It’s impossible to avoid going wrong or making mistakes in the process. If you want to achieve great things, you need to persevere because it will take time.
Fight for Your Dream
Just think of the many inventions and innovations that seemed impossible not so long ago but now everyone takes them for granted. The only reason why we can get to any part of the world so quickly nowadays, was a vision that two brothers had more than 100 years ago.
They thought that it should be possible for people to fly like birds. Both were mocked for their ‘crazy’ idea and people laughed at them for their experiments and failed attempts; almost no one believed in them. However, they didn’t doubt themselves and kept working hard on their vision. And this is how the two brothers ended up developing the predecessor of the passenger aircrafts we use today.
Many of us seem to have forgotten this fact. Instead of believing in seemingly impossible ideas and letting our creativity run wild, we restrict our way of thinking because we believe that things are impossible without even having tried it.
Our History Teaches Us Something Else
Time and again people have proven that it only takes someone who is daring enough to go for their dreams and to follow their true passion to bring about profound changes for everyone.
In most cases, this was done against all imaginable forms of resistance. And only thanks to the perseverance of a single person or small group were world-changing innovations made. There are countless of these examples in our recent human history.
Everyone of Us Is Special
What you must never forget, is that each one of us is unique and has a variety of innate talents and abilities. You need to learn to recognize, develop and use them and they will give you the ability to shape your own future.
The more you believe in your dreams and the harder you work to achieve them, the more likely it is that your life will turn out exactly the way you imagined it. Don't listen to anyone who tries to tell you differently. You can be anything you want. If you work hard, it will happen. Believe in yourself and never ever give up on your dreams, and remember: the sky is the limit.
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