What’s Keeping You from Your Dreams?
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
I remember playing GI Joe with my best friend Ethan Dockendorf when I was a kid. We’d set up our action figures and create intricate, imaginative war games. Then we’d go out in the backyard with plastic containers that substituted as grenades and tree limbs that served as guns and we’d act them out in real life. I dreamed of being a great war hero someday.
What were your dreams as a child?
Later, as I progressed through school, I developed a fascination with the awesome power and wonder of the Universe. I dreamed of being an astronaut and touching the stars someday!
What did you dream of as a schoolboy/girl?
Today, as an adult, I dream of seeing the great pyramids in Egypt. I dream of climbing to the base camp of Mt. Everst (or, better yet, why not climb all the way to the top?). I dream of sipping wine as I travel down the canals of Venice on one of those famous gondolas with my beautiful wife. I dream of taking my son out of school early for baseball’s Opening Day.
What about you? What are your dreams? Do you even still have dreams? What’s on your Bucket List?
More importantly, what’s holding you back from achieving those dreams?
See, something seems to happen to most people as they transition out of childhood into adulthood. For whatever reason, we tend to lose our ability to dream. Life sort of takes over. We spend all of our time working for the money we need to pay the mortgage and bills, and we forget how to truly live! Worse, for many of us, we simply don’t have the financial means, time freedom, or health to live out our dreams. At that point we either adjust our dreams downward to make them more “realistic,” or we justify them away by convincing ourselves of all the reasons why it was foolish to have those dreams in the first place — how life is just fine the way it is.
After all, how ridiculous it is to think that you could actually be an astronaut, right?!
Yet, there are people who have achieved their dream of becoming an astronaut. Why not me?
There are people who have seen the Pyramids and traveled through Italy and climbed Mt. Everest. Why not you?
Watch this video with 3 Tips for Achieving Your Dreams, and then continue reading below as I explore one of those tips in more detail:
In the video above, I talk about how one of the most crucial aspects of achieving your dreams is to make a change. You can’t keep doing the same things you’ve always done and expect a different result. As the great Jim Rohn says, “For things to change, you must change.”
The question then becomes, why is it so hard to change?
You might know you need to clean up your diet or exercise more if you want to achieve your ideal weight, for example, but why is that so hard to do sometimes? You might hate your job and know you should be doing something else, but why haven’t you made the transition yet? You might have a great business idea, but why aren’t you pursing it with all of your passion to create a better life for you and your family in the future?
Change can be hard, there’s no doubt about it. But it’s also crucial if you want to achieve your fullest potential and truly live out your dreams. Working with people of all different backgrounds from all over the world, I see four common reasons why so many people fail to make the necessary changes in their lives.
- Not enough time
- Not enough money
- Not enough know-how
In upcoming articles, I’m going to explore each of these four reasons in more detail and show you how you can not only overcome these obstacles in your own life, but empower others to do the same.
Most people are living at a small percentage of the potential they have in life. That doesn’t have to be you. Love life, live it to its fullest, and thrive!