Achievement is a destination that we all wish to see.
We wish to achieve our goals and succeed in our dreams, but how do we get there?
The road to our dreams is not always an easy one. We get setback every time we take a step forward, but what if I was to tell you that’s normal?
The road to your dreams won’t always be paved with glory and riches. The road to your dreams has potholes, caution signs, and road washouts, but the destination will always be worth it.
One of these days you’ll look back and smile at the road behind you.
Let the world be your ocean, and your dreams be the ship you sail on.
Rejection is the first step to success
Rejection is inevitable.
You record your debut song, finish the first draft of your novel, or your finish the first cut of you film only to be pulled apart by vultures and rejected. Rejection is the worst feeling you can experience, especially when you put your art out there, but never allow rejection to hinder you.
Every great person in history has faced rejection or opposition. It’s only natural for someone to oppose your dreams.
Martin Luther King Jr faced opposition from those who believed segregation was lawful. His goal was for every man, regardless of color, to have equal rights, and he fought for that. He spent time in jail, and died for that dream. Now, I’m not saying you need to do the same. This is an extreme case but it’s one to recognize. If someone could achieve something so incredible, then why can’t you?
You can, and you need to convince every single person you know, that you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. Fake it until you make it. You need to sell your dreams to others so that they buy into that vision.
The journey is just as important as the destination
You’ve probably heard a million times that, “the journey is just as important as the destination.” It’s a phrase that people say to set realistic expectations, fearing that the destination will be a letdown once reached.
As an avid hiking, I can empathize with that statement.
I’ve pictured many hikes in my head ending in perfect sunsets and stunning views, only to end in an anticlimactic way. It’s disheartening, but that’s life. Surprisingly, those anticlimactic hikes have always had the best journeys. Including the best conversations, the best occurrences, and the deepest meanings. When you weigh the positives of the journey, it greatly out weighs the negatives of the destination.
Regardless, welcome every minute you spend trying to achieve your goals as a friend. Smile at the whole picture. Remember that it always takes time to get where you’re going. It’s never an occurrence that happens overnight.
Welcome caution signs
People will try to warn you of the road ahead. They will go as far as to persuade you to turn back before it’s too late. They’ve tried to do the same things that you’re doing, and had no success doing it. So they believe it’s an impossible feat of man to accomplish.
Listening to caution signs can always be very helpful. They’re wise lessons to keep in our minds, but don’t let that halt your ship. When someone offers their stories of defeat, listen, and pass on. Anything can be achieved merely with a shift of perspective.
Perspective is everything, and having fresh set of eyes seeing a dream come to life is the best perspective you can have.
Never let the dream die
Never, never, never, ever let the dream die.
If something doesn’t work, try a different approach.
If you’re not reaching the audience you want, try a different tactic.
When things feel routine, change it up. Make sure things remain fresh.
And when you don’t believe you can, have someone around to encourage you otherwise.
If we all have one life to live, then we should really live the life we want to.
So remember, never let the dream die.
Paradise is on the horizon.