We all want to be successful
We all want to achieve something in life right? Whether is becoming a multimillionaire, whether it’s owning a big mansion by the seaside, whether is buying that car that always occupies your mind, whether it’s getting a job with that global company, whether it’s travelling the world, or simply just passing matric, we are all born inherently wanting to be successful. What I’m talking about here, is having a dream. We all have dreams in life, we all have aspirations, and we all have things we want to achieve. It doesn’t matter what your dream is, as long as it’s in your mind, as long as it’s in your heart and as long as long you aspire to something that is greater than what you have right now, you have a dream.
Why do some people not achieve their dreams?
Firstly, people are not willing to put in the real work and the real effort that is required. And this is because of having unrealistic expectations of what it takes to get what they want. As a result, they find excuses one way or the other so that they do not achieve the things we want to achieve. They procrastinate.
The second reason why people do not achieve what they want, is because they give up before they even start simply because they think someone else’s idea of what can be done is easier to adopt and it takes the pressure off of them to make a decision. ‘Because he said I can’t.’
The third reason people do not achieve what they want, is that, deep down, most people don’t feel or think that they deserve to get everything they’ve ever wanted or they are worthy of getting it.
Mastering the Power to dream
The first thing is to recognise that the power to dream lies with and within you. You are responsible for controlling what you dream about, and how you dream about it. Your dream becomes your future, and it becomes your destiny.
So that is the first thing you need to develop for you to master the power to dream. You need to develop the right mind-set. The mind-set which says I’m a winner, and I’m a success.
You need to become self-efficacious. Developing self-efficacy means having the belief that you have the ability to make things happen, and you are capable of achieving, that you are in control of your life, that you are in control of your destiny.
So, to sum it all up:
- You need to have a dream, a dream so powerful, so great, that it can push you to where you want to be. (Your vision)
- You need to have a well-defined life purpose, your reason for existence, which is going to define who exactly you are, what values you espouse and how are you going to live your life. (Your mission)
- You need to create a platform for you to crystallise your dream into tangible things that you want to achieve (Your goals).
- You need to take action, and just do it! (Implement)
Your dream and a life purpose will sustain you when things don’t go as planned. It is often said the best laid plans often go astray. Who says things will always work out? Who says things will always work out the way you have planned them? They don’t. Period. That is why we have life. To throw us challenges. And that is why life is so exciting.
My question to you: What is your dream?
My challenge to you: Dare to dream. Take responsibility. Its your life after all…And, it all starts with you
‘You have to dream before your dreams can come true.’ A.P.J Abdul Kalam