By Rene Godefroy
Do you remember how, once upon a time, you used to have a dream? Maybe you wanted to be a movie star, a doctor, or an athlete. Maybe you wanted to cross the ocean in a sailboat. Or maybe you just wanted to chisel sculptures out of a mountain rock.
Truth be told, you probably have already worked hard toward achieving that dream. It was the center of your conversation with acquaintances and relatives. You were excited about it! But somehow, you lost interest and passion and slowly drifted away. Why?
Go ahead, think about it. Let me ask you again, why did you stop pursuing that dream? I know the answer. You got distracted! You got confused! It could be that your friends enticed you into joining their parade. Perhaps you hit a stumbling block or someone said something that became a distraction. Suddenly, you lost momentum.
In physics, the law of momentum says that a body in motion tends to remain in motion until an outside force acts upon it. That force in your case is distraction. It could be that 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 reading and studying, stopped working toward your highest ambition. Those distractions hypnotized you into taking a detour. Your grand dream gradually became just a footnote in the history of your life.
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.” And that someday never comes. Excuses, excuses, and more excuses.
Those of you who have read my book know this already. Besides my poverty and disease-stricken life in a tiny Haitian village, I came to America with only $5 and unable to speak any English. My first job was digging holes for less than minimum wage on the streets of Miami.
But I had a dream. And I NEVER lost focus or momentum. I let nothing deter me. I was resilient and determined. Nothing anybody could say would stop me, not even the obstacles. Yes, they may have slowed me down, but I kept pressing on.
Shakespeare wrote, “This above all, to thine own self be true.” Bravo, Mr. Shakespeare! Being true to yourself means you promise yourself something and you commit to it no matter what. I was a doorman carrying bags in Atlanta–a porter. I met some of the top motivational speakers.
I shook their hands as a doorman, but I told them that one day I will share a platform with them. What audacity? Well, it was because I knew that nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, would stop me. And I kept taking action daily.
It is said that motion creates emotion. When you take action toward that which you most desire, your self-confidence soars. On the other hand, distractions shift you off-course or slow you down. But actions accelerate you forward along your chosen course. Every action strengthens you to take another.
When you become a person of action, you become unstoppable! You liberate yourself from guilt and self-pity. You become the envy of the world.
Many people never commit to anything. They have interests and hobbies, but no passion or driving ambition. I know you are one of those people who can commit and follow through; 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, problems, or challenges.
So, my friend, it’s time to go back to that dream that is gathering dust on the shelves of your life. But this time, write it down. Marry that dream and say, “until death do us part.”
Be true to thine ownself.
I wish you incredible success!