Do you remember a time when you had a big and lofty dream?
Maybe you wanted to be a movie star in art house films, an
organ transplant doctor, or a world-class triathlete.
Perhaps you dreamed of crossing the ocean in a sailboat or
chiseling sculpture out of mountain rock. As a youngster,
you may have worked hard toward achieving that
You talked about it with your every acquaintance and
most distant relation whenever you had the opportunity. But
slowly you drifted away from your heart’s desire. What
The answer is easy: You got distracted! You got confused.
Your friends enticed you into joining their parade. You were
no longer in rhythm with who you are.
The law of momentum in physics says that a body in motion
tends to remain in motion until an outside force acts upon
it. Distractions. Your friends or family members acted upon
you by overtly discouraging you, or by encouraging you to
follow a more “sensible” path.
So you stopped practicing, stopped studying, stopped working
toward your highest ambition. All those distractions and
“sensible” decisions competed for your attention.
Your grand dream gradually became just a footnote in the history of
Have you ever heard the truism that says “used to bees make
no honey”? Do you know people who are always talking about
what they used to do? They usually say, “Someday I will pick
it up again.” But that’s a weak excuse for avoiding the risk
of living your dream. The time is now!
When you have a worthy goal… something that is worth going
after, you have to apply the law of critical success to your
life. This law says that you should always be doing
something that moves you closer to your goal. Question:
What are you doing today that is drawing you a little bit nearer
to accomplishing your dream?
Shakespeare wrote, “This above all, to thine
own self be true.” Bravo, Mr. Shakespeare! Being true to yourself
means that you do what matters most to you, regardless of what
else is competing for your time.
Our deeds and achievements are the only yardsticks we canmuse to measure our integrity, and the only evidence we can
use to judge whether we have been true to our selves.
From now on, why not put the law of momentum into action? It
is said that motion creates emotion. When you take action
toward that which you most desire, your self-confidence will
Distractions shift you off-course or slow
you down; actionsaccelerate you forward along your chosen course.
Every action strengthens you to take another. You will become
unstoppable! You will liberate yourself from guilt and self-
pity. You will become the envy of the world.
Many people never commit to anything. They have
interests and hobbies, but no passion or driving ambition. I believe
that you are one of those people who can commit; otherwise
you wouldn’t be reading this article.
Life is like a bicycle. The moment we stop pedaling, we
start losing momentum. If we coast for too long, we fall.
Resolve to press on in spite of all your distractions.
Here is what you can do to get whatever you want in life:
First, identify your distractions and move
away from them.By doing so, you will become effective rather than
Being effective means doing the right things, while being
efficient means doing things right. It’s nice to be
efficient, but it doesn’t do you any good if you’re not
doing the things that will move you toward your dream. Focus
first on being effective; let efficiency come as it may.
Second, write the word momentum in big letters and hang it
somewhere that you will see it often. Do something daily
that will bring you closer to your goal.
Third, make a public commitment by asking your friends…
those who are positive and encouraging… to hold
Talk about your dream with them to begin edging it into the
world. Speak of it as something that you are doing, not
something that you think about doing.
Finally, learn all you can about the lore of your passion.
If you are not, at the least, more knowledgeable than
the average person about the subject of your dream, you are
fooling somebody… yourself.
So, my friend, live your finest ambition. Do it
because youmust. You probably won’t find any help when you begin.
Youwill, however, get all the help you want when you are
already there. So be true to thine own self.
Honesty is the iron string that vibrates within every heart.
Let results be the measure of your integrity. Work hard
at it. Do more than is expected, more than is common. Keep the
I wish you incredible success!