An MSNBC survey revealed that 84% of respondents said that they were not in their dream jobs. Interestingly, it sited that salary was one of the least important requirements of a dream job. Thirty nine percent of the respondents said the most important requirement for their dream job was enjoyment. Seventeen percent stated that making a difference in society was the primary requirement for them dream job. Given that they were able to define their dream jobs, why weren’t they performing in them? Most people give up on their dream too soon. You can come up with all types of shallow excuses about your age, time, money, responsibilities, etc. But self-limiting beliefs are typically the underlying reasons that people stay put. Unbelief based upon ingrained, preconceived ideas about themselves, obstacles and resources. It’s easier to just stay where it’s comfortable.
Think about your most heart-felt dream in life. What’s keeping you from pursuing it? Is it fears—of success, failure or what people will say? Is it feelings of inadequacy—not having enough education, skills or the right connections? Is it money—you don’t know where the money’s going to come from? Is it time? Perhaps you’re already pressed to the limits, in addition to having a family. What’s holding you back?
Successful people think differently from the average person. It’s not that they’re smarter—they are programmed with a different mind set. When they want something they go after it. If they make a mistake, they don’t get discouraged and give up. Successful people are passionate, disciplined, hard workers, flexible, learners, optimists and risk takers. They look at life through a different set of lenses. Where other people see challenges, they see opportunities.
If you’re going to achieve your dream, you’ve got to reprogram your thinking. As your thinking goes, so goes your belief. If you don’t think your dream is possible, then you won’t even try. I’m not even talking about taking action. I’m just talking about thinking that it’s possible. When you believe your dream is possible, your inner dialogue will sound something like this, “The odds might be against me, but I believe it’s possible.” “I don’t have any connections, I don’t know where the money’s going to come from, but I believe that it’s possible.” “It’s never been done in my family before, but I believe that it’s possible.” “Yes, I am afraid, but I believe that it’s possible.” “I don’t have any experience yet, but I believe that it’s possible.”
Other people have succeeded in achieving their dreams again the odds. Why not you? George Foreman became the heavyweight champion of the world at the age of 45. Tavis Smiley, the oldest of ten children dreamed his way out of a trailer park to become highly successful in broadcasting. A peanut farmer by the name of Jimmy Carter, from Plains, GA, population 500, became the 39th president of the United States of America.
Who told you that your dream is beyond your grasp? Who told you that you couldn’t own your own business? Who told you that you had to settle for the status quo? Who told you that where you are in life is as far as you can go? It doesn’t matter how you’ve been conditioned in the past. What matters is that you now believe your dream is possible.
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