At some point along the path to creating a dream, every single one of us will reach a point where we’re ready to give it all up and call it quits. It happens. But the only way to guarantee that your dream will never become reality is to stop working towards it. Today we’re going to go over seven strategies designed to get you through this despair and help you to rekindle your determination to succeed.
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When you get lost along the way to a dream, it’s often because of a maladaptive perspective that tells you that you’re not making any progress at all, when it fact you are making progress, and have been all along. It’s the result of lack of tools and tracking methods that allow you to see all that you have accomplished and all that you have become in the process of the journey. People often become so stuck on details, they get so focused on racing through the steps that they forget the big picture – they don’t even know what they’re working for anymore or why it was so important to them in the first place. Reconnecting with your why is critical to helping you overcome this kind of overwhelm.
Dreams sometimes take time to build, and sometimes the road you’re walking can be bumpy and unsure. Sometimes you get knocked down and sometimes you get bruised along the way. But if that dream really means something to you, then don’t quit. Pull yourself to your feet, dust yourself off and keep going, one more time.
Above all, never give up on something that means everything to you.
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This was fantastic! Really needed this one this morning, and the universe responded.
Dream-catching is your specialty, so add a chapter or two or three of this topic in your book, because this is what a lot of people grapple with, Nathalie. The problem is what others tell us- that we should give up and just accept a mundane life like everybody else, even though we would rather die than do that. At least that is a good indicator that the dream is still alive within me.
Some more practical techniques for dealing with lower-vibrating, obsessive people who lack faith would be nice. They really can get one down, but I know there is a better way to deal with them, as many have done so. Ignoring is one, and knowing that they are off base is another. Dealing with family who does not have faith in you is another problem.
There is a reason we have this dream, after all, and cannot part with it, so we might as well do it until the very end. If studying for exams, for example, every single thing you learn every day is an accomplishment, trust me. Even if we got off course along the way because it was evident the dream would not work out, we think or are told are too dumb to do it, there is too much competition, we do not have money, etc., etc. and the dream is still alive, then we must follow it and just not be afraid and know that it will all work out, one way or another. If you keep knocking, a door will eventually open and if not that, then a window. i feel it is just law.
Another thing is the emotion behind the dream and if there is any behind it. this is important, because if there isn’t, then you really do not want it.
LOL! That’s actually the title of one of my upcoming books (currently looking at it being the fourth book… it’s going to be my signature piece, I think). Most people will tell you to give up on your dream. That’s because most people gave up on their own dream. As a result, they’ve stopped believing in dreams and in the possibility of them ever coming true. There’s a bitterness and a jadedness that goes along with that. When you give up on what your heart wants most, and then try to convince yourself that you’re better off without it anyway, it changes you. In fundamental ways. We’re all born a with that bit of magic in us, and when we try and kill it off, we suffer for it. And people in that kind of pain will instinctively lash out an anyone who hasn’t let their own dream die because it hurts too much to see that bit of magic in someone else when yours is gone.
Except that it’s never completely gone. Dreams don’t die. They can’t — they’re too much a part of us. It’s just a matter of listening to that little whisper within once again. It’s never too late to create your dream. Just keep moving towards it in whatever way you can. Do what you can, with what you have, from where you are. And keep yourself aligned with that vision while you work towards it. And it will always be enough.
P.S. I do have an upcoming post on how to deal with people who drive you crazy, so stay tuned for that one…