“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only
plan, but also believe.” Anatole France, Writer and Nobel Prize Winner
I chose the quote above for my Law School graduation announcement. Armed with four degrees fromThe Ohio State University, I was dreaming of success. I envisioned a world where anything was possible. I had big dreams of being a voice for the voiceless, of crusading for freedom and civil rights in America and Nigeria and beyond. I dreamed of writing best-selling, prize winning books that stirred the soul and spurred the young
and old alike to action. I dreamt of a world in which I inspired others to live
up to their full potential even as I lived up to mine.
But that was before the blows from life registered their toil on my psyche. Like a boxer, who had taken one too many shots to the head, I didn’t even realize the gradual and
insidious erosion of my capability and capacity to dream, until one day I
looked up and could no longer reconcile the person I had become with the
vibrant, force of nature people told me I used to be. For more information on success strategies I used to turn my life around, visit https://www.ayaeneli.com/ 10 Keys for Your Abundant Life.
What are Dreams?
A dream is a vision of what could
be. It is a longing from within our innermost being of possibilities birthed from a mostly unconscious belief in our unlimited potential. We dream of more than just what we can see and grasp in the present. To dream is simply to consider and imagine the possibility of a thing. To dream is to see the world not as it
is, but as it could be. To dream is to propel ourselves into a realm where the
impossible becomes possible.
The Importance of Dreaming
If you want to be successful, you must have a dream. You must have something to strive for, something you’re working towards.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.” Every accomplishment and invention was propelled by a dream. Edison dreamed of a world of light powered by electricity. John F.
Kennedy dreamed of men on the moon. Michael Jackson dreamed of the Moonwalk.
Bill Gates dreamed of personal computers. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a
world of racial equality. The leadership of the Rotary Club dreamed of
eradicating polio across the world. Many dream of a cure for HIV/AIDS, a cure
Success requires that we first commit ourselves to imagining the possibility of a thing. As Victor Hugo said, “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” We
must develop some sense of where and whom we want to be. The clearer and more
compelling our destination, the more likely we will be to achieve it. We become
successful as we carve our path towards that ultimate destination. The bigger
the dream, the more effort, creativity and determination it will take to
accomplish it. Naturally, the bigger the dream and the risks to accomplish it,
the greater the rewards.
Next blog will explore what happens to deferred dreams.
In the meantime, visit http://eepurl.com/fEeRs for 5 hindrances to your dreams.