It takes a lot to get on top, but it requires even more to stay there. It is tragic to have gained so much and through negligence or mismanagement lose it all. People have had many opportunities to learn from their experiences when it comes to handling money or business and have only proven that what they have learned was absolutely nothing. History has a tendency to repeat itself especially when a person’s propensity is to excuse his or her errors or to place the blame on someone else.
There is more than one way to invest your money. However, there are no short cuts to living your dream. The New Year always starts with such promise and potential, but for most people the year ends with broken promises, more weight, and less money. The dream is placed on hold until the next year because diligence was not applied throughout the year. Each year there is a small subtraction of fervor for the things ahead, instead of a momentum building to fight even harder in the coming year to achieve their goal. Every year you should view yourself working toward your goal.
Fulfilling Your Goals
The big picture is important, but not as important as the little pieces of the puzzle that must fit into the framework of the big picture. Everything you go through in the process of fulfilling your goal is collective items that are to be used as you live your dream. Just think of it, through every failure you build perseverance; through every disappointment you establish tenacity; and from every critic steps are created to the next level. Rome was not built in a day and neither are dreams.
Staying on Top
All the elements that your journey provides for you are necessary for staying on top once you get there. Do not whimper under the pressure of life’s struggles, but understand that it is all a part of your pursuit of perfection and progression. You will always find yourself moving when you are not happy or satisfied with where you are. Movement can suggest a desire to progress, but it can also indicate shirking one’s responsibility. You learn as you grow and you earn as you learn.
If there were one thing asked of me to give advice on, it would be,
“There is so much to learn from your daily experiences. Mountains of information, millions of mental snapshots, and tens of thousands of new ways you can discover how to do something. Value every connection, be creative with every situation, and challenge yourself to stretch beyond your self-imposed limits.”
Remember you can be anything in the world you want to be, but above all be yourself.
It is dangerous to have something and not know what you have. It is even more treacherous to know what you have and to do nothing with it. People who struggle with low self-esteem generally have low incomes as well. In addition, people with low self-esteem are less motivated to break the negative frame of mind that has led them to living a mediocre lifestyle. Low self-esteem does not see race, sex, age, religion, marital status, height, weight, or any other label or category you could possibly attach to yourself. Unfortunately, a low self-esteem is not something you can plan for either. However, a low self-esteem is something you can change.
The Advantage of Change
With a little hard work and patience, your low self-esteem can be transformed into a healthy one. Having a healthy self-image allows you to be more extroverted when it comes to seeing opportunities. When your focus is not internal, possibilities come alive and burst into a thousand suns. Your horizon becomes much broader and clearer as you delve deeper into the reality of limitless potential. Self-esteem is underrated as a valued commodity. Oftentimes, it is an over-looked factor when it comes to building a career or starting a business. People usually define success by the size of the paycheck; when it is actually how one would consummate his or her dream.
Your Actions Reflect Your Thoughts
Average people give average effort. You cannot expect extraordinary results by giving ordinary effort. What you think of yourself determines how hard you push to achieve your goals; but it will also dictate how high you are willing to aim. It is impossible to have high expectations while wrestling with a low self-esteem. The law of reflection is as real as the law of gravity. Your life mirrors what you think and believe. You have no more or no less in life or possessions than what you believe and think you really deserve. Carter G. Woodson said,
“If you can control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions. If you can determine what a man thinks, you do not have worry about what he will do. If you can make a man believe that he is inferior, you don’t have to compel him to seek an inferior status, he will do so without being told and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you don’t have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one.”
How do you fulfill your dream? The answer is simple but not always obvious. Discover the simple answer here.
One day I was traveling and had to catch a connecting flight in Dallas to reach my final destination. I met an author who was having a book signing at one of the bookstores in the airport. When I went up to him to see what his book was about, he greeted me with his name and this phrase, “Hi, I’m living my dream.” I used to say that as I was writing one of my books, Beyond Ordinary. Nonetheless, it takes more to live your dream than to speak it. It takes perseverance and creativity to live your dream. It is easy to say it, but it takes more to perform it. To effectively live your dream, you must help others to live theirs. It is the law of reflection set in the earth that first enables you to live your dream. What you make happen for others, others will make happen for you.
Reaching the Destination of Success
There is a reason why I mentioned reaching my travel destination at the beginning. I could have walked to my destination, but it would have taken me weeks or months to get there. I could have driven a car to my destination, which would have taken less time. Trying to live my dream without any outside help would take me a long time. By the time I reached my dream destination, I would most likely be too tired and too old to live it. If I had allowed my car to take me to my dream, I could have reached it in a day and a half; but unfortunately, I would still be exhausted by the time I got there. There is another way to reach your dream destination in a much quicker and less stressful way: Allow others to help you. Learn to use what others have achieved, and you will avoid most of the pitfalls along your success journey.
Helping Others, Helps You
It was a person’s dream to own a fleet of airplanes design to help you reach your destination without all the hassle and strain of you having to walk or drive. If you decide to avoid the airlines, it may not cost you as much money to walk or drive at the offset to reach your destination, but it will cost you more time, energy, creativity, and plus additional hidden cost. When you buy an airline ticket, you are helping someone to live his or her dream with just spending a little more money than it would cost you to drive or to walk. To walk or drive to your destination will cost you more in food cost because you have to eat to keep your energy up and to stay alert. When you fly, it cost you less in buying food because you actually reach you dream destination in a few hours. In fact, you can sleep on the plane, but you cannot sleep while you are driving. Spend a little more money and help others to live their dream, and you will be able to use their dream to reach your own.