“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.” – Richard Bach
Finally for this month, let’s talk about the effort, resolve, and fuel that we have to put behind our ideas in order to achieve our dreams. Some mistakenly believe that when they are pursuing their goals that it is going to be easy-peasy.
You may dream of being your own boss for the freedom to make your own decisions and decide how you want to spend your time. If you have been working a demanding job where even if you could afford to take a vacation you never had the time to do so, the idea of owning your own business may sound like heaven.
But don’t forget, being your own boss does not mean that you have no boss. It means that you are the boss. You have to have the discipline to force yourself to do the work necessary to make your business or venture a success.
Whatever we do for a living, whether we are working for ourselves or working for someone else, it is work. Think about famous movie stars. They get paid millions of dollars. People envy them and their lives. They live in a world of glitz and glamour and red carpet galas.
Yet even they have work to do. Before the award shows, they spend hours and hours on set or on location away from their families filming the movie. The difference is they love acting and so those hours and hours on the set aren’t grueling in the way that riding on the back of a garbage truck would be.
Furthermore, when you pursue your goals, it may take a while, even years to attain the type of lifestyle and financial gain that you seek. Are you willing to put in the work to get there? If you are working from a sense of purpose in pursuit of your passions, you will be willing to put forth the effort to get there.
Your resolve is your determination to never give up no matter what comes your way. When you take a leap of face and gamble on yourself but are not resolved to stay the course, you will not have the power to push through the roadblocks, setbacks, and letdowns on the road to pursuing your goals.
Your effort is the time and energy it takes to get you there. It is flipping burgers or riding on the back of garbage trucks, sometimes working two and three jobs in order to save up the money necessary to back your ideas.
Your passion is the fuel that keeps the fires burning and renews your motivation whenever you grow weary. Without all three of these elements pushing you and encouraging you along the way, your gamble will prove fruitless.
If you believe in yourself and you are truly passionate about your ideas and achieving your goals, there is nothing that will stop you. The power is within you. When you keep your goal line in sight through your vision, it makes the work you put into it easier knowing it is necessary to reach your dreams.