“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney.
Dreams are imaginary events seen in the mind while asleep. Dreams are your hope or wish. They are your series of thoughts, ideas, visions or emotions that happen involuntarily in your mind during sleep. It is an idea or vision that is created in your imagination. Dream is a mental picture or desire of what you very much want to do, be or have for a very long time. They are your aspiration and inspiration, the purpose for which you were created. Dreams are your goals, aims and objectives; it’s your planned purpose, the reason for your existence. It is the foundation upon which a successful life is built upon. To be a reference point in this world of pent up feeling then the dream you have is the determinant factor.
The importance of one’s dream must not be taken with levity, do all you can to protect your dreams. One reason most dream fail is as a result of fear and ‘unbelief syndrome.’ During your life time never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams. The successful individuals out there believed a lot in their dreams and personality, that is why their signature is now an autograph everywhere they go. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and eternity.” Paulo Coelho
10 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR DREAMS ALIVE.
1. DREAM BIG: There is no crime in dreaming big. Dare to live the life you have dreamed. Move forward and make this dream come true. “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil” James Allen
Dream big and move forward with it. Your poor background should not deter you from dreaming big. Create an atmosphere of uniqueness for yourself. Discover your true identity. The greatest asset for innovation is your mind. Dream big and let your mind create beautiful pictures of your desires. Your mind is too beautiful that no computer can compete with it. The battle field where you can keep your dream alive is your mind. Don’t stop chasing your dreams because dreams do come true.
2. BELIEVE: To believe is to have faith and faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. For your dream to turn reality, let the ‘believe syndrome’ be activated. Stop doubting! Don’t allow your situation to determine your speech, your speech should be determined by what God says about you. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need to fulfill this big dream, and thank him for all he has done. Remember you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Be certain that the giver of your dream [God], who has begun the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished. Believe and don’t doubt or fear because your big dream is very achievable.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt.
3. SEEK KNOWLEDGE: One way to keep dream alive is to seek and acquire knowledge. “There is one quality which one must possess to win and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it.” Napoleon Hill
Your investment in knowledge will definitely pay the best interest. Seek knowledge in order to excel. Learn because “learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, knowledge makes you great” Abdul Karem.
As you seek knowledge, you get information. Information is the base line for transformation. To be informed is to be transformed, to be uninformed is to be deform. Interact with people that provide intelligence. Be a student! Your mind is elastic, therefore, expand it!
You cannot dream someone else’s dream. Start with your dream, discover who you are. After you discover the capacity for building is limitless. Your dream is your very essence for living’ keep it alive by seeking adequate knowledge. “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writing so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for” Socrates
4. INVEST TIME AND EFFORT IN BUILDING QUALITY RELATIONSHIP: Building quality relationship is the backbone to keep one’s dream alive. We are dependent on each other to succeed in life. Make quality friends; don’t waste your time on frivolities because a man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
“Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose” Thomas A. Edison
You are the product of your decision, “whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution” Deepak Chopra
Be a man of wisdom, invest your time wisely, and put effort in building quality relationships because that is the currency you will spend sometimes in the future.
5. BE COURAGEOUS: To be courageous is to have courage. Courage is the ability to do something dangerous, or to face pain or opposition without showing fear. “Courage is grace under pressure” Ernest Hemingway
It takes a man of courage to keep his dream alive because on this journey he will be deserted, hated, opposed and even sold for a ‘piece of silver’ but if he strives he’ll definitely thrive. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear” Mark Twain.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. To achieve your dreams you must have the courage to forge ahead when everyone has left. Don’t forget “one who loses wealth loses much. One who loses a friend loses more. But one who loses courage loses all” Miguel de Cervantes
Courage is your wing to soar above the wind. “Stay focus, without courage wisdom bears no fruit” Baltasar Gracian
6. DON’T DWELL ON PAST FAILURES: Some people refuse to take any step as a result of fear of failure, rejection and dejection. You cannot walk into your bliss if you are fearful. Failure is a learning point not a giving up point. Thomas A. Edison says “if I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” Fear is a mirage, failure is a shadow. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things you cannot do even if you fail again and again. “Develop success from failure. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stone to success.” Dale Carnegie
You are advice to not dwell on your past failures if you want to keep your dream alive. Don’t have the mentality of a failure because failure is an event not a person. “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat” Napoleon Hill
Failure is simply the foundation of success and the means by which success is achieved. Don’t let the fear of failure deprive you of a glorious future. Don’t let it keep you from dreaming big and keeping that dream alive.
7. PRAYER: The place of prayer is necessary because prayer is a turning to God and it does not change God but it changes him who prays
In the place of prayer instruction comes for direction. How to go about that dream can be revealed in the place of prayer. Don’t forget prayer is communication to God. It is the place you pour out all of you because he knows all of you. Your weakness, personality and totality God knows. He knows the thought he thinks towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end [the fulfillment of your dreams]. Your future is your dream, cling unto him in the place of prayer for your dream to come alive.
8. DON’T PROCRASTINATE: Procrastination is to delay something that you should do usually because you don’t want to do it. It is an agent assigned to destroy your dream. When you procrastinate you simply delay the speed of actualizing your dreams. “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what you should have been done the day before yesterday.” Napoleon Hill
To keep your dreams alive, you must stop procrastinating and begin to do. Be the ‘doer’ of your dreams. Be known as an action taker in regards to the actualization of your dreams. Prioritize the things that are important to you in relation to your dreams. “You may delay but time will not, and lost time is never found again” Benjamin Franklin. Stop procrastinating if you want to keep your dreams alive. Don’t put off things you are to do today for tomorrow because procrastination is the thief of time.
“Don’t wait! The time will never be just right.” Napoleon Hill
9. BUILD AND STICK TO FUNDAMENTAL VALUES: Values are a collection of guiding principles; what one deems to be correct and desirable in life, especially regarding personal conduct. To be successful and keep your dream alive you must build and stick with fundamental values such as discipline, integrity, hard work, humility and patience. “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values” Dalai Lama
Be discipline because discipline is the bridge between your goal and accomplishment.
Don’t have a questionable integrity because “a single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity” Baltasar Gracian.
Be humble, pride goes before a fall! “Humility is attentive patience. In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention” Simone Weil.
Your humility on this journey is important. It keeps you fresh and new.
“Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.” Swami Vivekananda
10. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS: Learn to celebrate your success; there is no motivation greater than this. “Victory is for those who can say ‘victory is mine’. Success is for those who can begin saying ‘I will succeed’ and say ‘I have succeeded’ in the end.” Mustafa Kemal Ataturk