By Aya Fubara Eneli. M.A., J.D.
It’s never too late or early to act on your dream. I love seeing people aim for and achieve their dreams. It inspires me. It energizes me. It gives me hope. Unfortunately, there are so many people that I meet and many others whom I overhear essentially giving up on their dreams and sometimes even attempting to dissuade another from dreaming too.
We have all probably heard the following quote more times than we care to remember, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it.” Many of us disregard the truth in this statement because it seems so simplistic. However, for those who have chosen to dream big dreams anyway and to act on those dreams despite the obvious obstacles, they prove that quote right every day, and so can you.
Zig Ziglar, arguably the most successful salesperson and motivational speaker of a generation, was 46 years old when he decided that he was going to trim 7 inches off his mid-section and lose and keep off 37 pounds. Simultaneously, he penned his now best-seller, See You at the Top, and worked to meet his ideal weight. Within 10 months of stating his goal, Zig was a svelte 165 pounds and was a published author. That book has gone on to sell in excess of 5 million copies to date.
Harry Bernstein published his first short story in a magazine in 1934. He was 24 years old. After that initial success, he endured the rejection of more than 40 novels over seven decades before he saw his dream come true. At the ripe young age of 96 years, Harry Bernstein published his memoir “The Invisible Wall” to much critical acclaim. He then published two more books, The Dream and The Golden Willow prior to celebrating his 100th birthday.
Jaylen Bledsoe is a 15 year old kid from Hazelwood, Mo., but that has hardly stopped him from dreaming and acting big. He started his own tech company, Bledsoe Technologies, which specializes in Web design and other IT services when he was just 13 years old and has since expanded it into a global enterprise now worth around $3.5 million. Did I mention he is only 15?
Carson Huey-You knows a thing or two about dreaming and acting on your dreams. The 11-year-old is the youngest student ever to attend Texas Christian University. Carson, plans to become a quantum physicist, and is currently taking calculus, physics, history and religion in his first semester. He was reading chapter books by age 2 and attending high school by age 5. His goal is to earn a doctorate degree before age 20.
There are so many stories I could share, but suffice it to say that what all these accomplished people have in common is that they not only dared to dream, they had the tenacity and discipline to act on and stick to their dreams regardless of obstacles or naysayers. What was possible for them is possible for you too. Luckily, success always leaves clues that anyone who desires may follow.
Here are some keys to achieving your dreams. First, identify your dream. Write it down with as much specificity as you can. Next, commit to your dream. In other words, you are saying that your dream is non-negotiable and you will do whatever is ethically right to accomplish the dream no matter how long it takes. Create a detailed accountability plan that you will follow daily. Discipline yourself. If you will do now what no one else is doing, you will eventually be able to do what no one else is doing. Shape up, physically, spiritually and mentally. You are going to need all your resources to achieve and maintain your dream. Your dream does not just have to be relegated to the fantasy world. Your dream is a possibility; you just have to choose to act.
Join Aya for her 8 Week Transformational Experience. Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. She and her husband live in Central Texas with their five miraculous children. For more information, visit www.ayaeneli.com, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.