While most people spend most of their lives struggling to
earn a living, a much smaller number seem to have everything
going their way. Instead of just earning a living, the
smaller group is busily working at building and enjoying a
fortune. Everything just seems to work out for them.
And here sits the much larger group, wondering how life can
be so unfair, so complicated and unjust. What’s the major
difference between the little group with so much and the
larger group with so little?
Despite all of the factors that affect our lives – like the
kind of parents we have, the schools we attended, the part
of the country we grew up in – none has as much potential
power for affecting our futures as our ability to dream.
Dreams are a projection of the kind of life you want to
lead. Dreams can drive you. Dreams can make you skip over
obstacles. When you allow your dreams to pull you, they
unleash a creative force that can overpower any obstacle in
To unleash this power, though, your dreams must be well
defined. A fuzzy future has little pulling power. Well-
defined dreams are not fuzzy. Wishes are fuzzy. To really
achieve your dreams, to really have your future plans pull
you forward, your dreams must be vivid.
If you’ve ever hiked a fourteen thousand-foot peak in the
Rocky Mountains, one thought has surely come to mind “How
did the settlers of this country do it?” How did they get
from the East Coast to the West Coast? Carrying one day’s
supply of food and water is hard enough. Can you imagine
hauling all of your worldly goods with you… mile after
mile, day after day, month after month?
These people had big dreams. They had ambition. They didn’t
focus on the hardship of getting up the mountain.
In their minds, they were already on the other side – their
bodies just hadn’t gotten them there yet! Despite all of
their pains and struggles, all of the births and deaths
along the way, those who made it to the other side had a
single vision: to reach the land of continuous sunshine and
extraordinary wealth. To start over where anything and
everything was possible. Their dreams were stronger than the
obstacles in their way.
You’ve got to be a dreamer. You’ve got to envision the
future. You’ve got to see California while you’re climbing
fourteen thousand-foot peaks. You’ve got to see the finish
line while you’re running the race. You’ve got to hear the
cheers when you’re in the middle of a monster project.
And you’ve got to be willing to put yourself through the
paces of doing the uncomfortable until it becomes
comfortable and until you realize your dreams.
To Your Success,