Life is one challenging expedition. Very few people become who they aspire to be without an occasional challenge or friendly competition. The best things in life don’t come free and we can’t let that stop us from pursuing our life-long dreams. This is a mind over matter scenario. Stay focused and work hard until you get to where you would like to be.
I’m sure many of you have heard the phrase “practice makes perfect.” Practice is the reason that we are able to carry out so many of our goals. Sometimes we get discouraged when we practice and do not see immediate results. Stephen King is one great example of this. King’s first novel was rejected thirty times before it was published. After being rejected so many times, King wanted to give up and throw his novel in the trash. However, his wife, Tabitha, encouraged him to keep trying. Today, King has sold over 350 million copies of his books and some of them have even been made into major motion pictures. This is why patience is such an important virtue. The things that make us who we are, the things that are worth our love and support, are the things that take the most amount of time. We are capable of turning our hopes, dreams, and wishes into realities if only we take the time and effort required to pursue them.
I think we have to come to a point in our lives when we realize that we are just not going to be handed what we are looking for. Good things take hard work. Everyone is good at something, but no one is good at everything. We all have something that we need to improve upon. It may take longer for some of us to get to where we would like to be, but that is completely okay because we are all different people and we work at different paces. Babe Ruth once said, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” You may not be where you want to be today and it will take a lot of your time and determination to reach your goals, but you will get there eventually.
Sometimes we may question if our goals are actually worth the extra effort. As a wise friend of mine once told me, “effort lifts you up” and it’s what makes us stand out among everyone else. Dreams and goals are not created to be easily achieved. Instead, they serve as a reason for us to improve each and every day of our lives. It is in our best interest to work towards these goals no matter how difficult they may seem at the time. Like the wise Alan Rufus advised several years ago, “Hard work does not go unnoticed and someday the rewards will follow.”
What are some of your life-long goals or dreams? How will you go about achieving them? Please share in the comment below or on my Contact page. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for reading.