This is a book my lady bought for me for my birthday. It was written in 1938, but not published until 2011. Why? The author’s family thought it be too controversial to publish.
Why would that be? This book questions a lot of what we think about education, religion, and thinking in general. Which I feel is healthy. No matter what you believe spiritually, this book speaks to the inner devils we all fight with.
It gives us practical advice to fight the evils of fear, doubt, and anger. I highly recommend reading this.
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil”
James Allen from the book As Man Thinketh
Here we see the importance of why we must stay focused on our dreams. We must be careful what mental movie we play in our mind. The first and most important step is to know and understand what our dream is. Many times I ask people what their dream is and get surprising answers such as “Just to make it through the day” “To be able to never work again” or even just “I don’t know” If your goal is as simple as to make it through the day and you meet your goal how excited can you honestly be? Setting goals and dreams that are not that lofty or hard to reach provide us with an easy target to hit, but how much of a sense of accomplishment can you feel? Not to mention if your goal is just to make it through the day, you will be ever pressed to repeat this goal for little or no feeling of joy. Now on the flip side if your goal is to never work again. This may sound pretty good especially if your job does not inspire you or you have had a particularly uninspiring day there. If your legacy is to be the person who just sat and took up space because that is all they had to do, that does not lead to a great sense of fulfillment either. We must discover a passion. Something we bring to the world that will inspire us and inspire the world. So what if all this does sound really great but you have no idea what your dream is? What if you have already been beaten down by the prospect of reality and given up dreaming? There are two amazing ways I recommend reconnecting with those long-lost dreams. First, remember what you always dreamed you would be as a child? Perhaps the goal itself is not 100% reachable, but then consider why it was you wanted to be that? did you want to be a singer in a famous band? Maybe your goal and desire is to entertain people? Wanted to be a Zoologist? Maybe you wanted to be involved in a career that helped animals. So think of what you wanted to be as a child and why you wanted to be that. Second, and this one I love because it can not only add a great amount of joy to your life and make it seem easier, but it can bring about the greatest changes to the world. What is this secret tool to discover your goals and dreams? Simple, take a look at what you are naturally good at and what you enjoy. do you doodle while thinking? Maybe start your own online comic strip? Love telling stories? Perhaps you could begin reading to shut-ins and those in a hospital. I know a lady who loves grocery shopping and now helps people who are unable to leave their home. She does something she enjoys, helps others and makes a few extra dollars at the same time. Even if you cannot find a way to monetize what you love. An increase in joy and decrease in stress will pay huge physical and mental dividends in your life. So discover that dream now and begin to focus on it. Make sure to do so in a positive and cheerful way. Do not focus on what you may all have to go through, focus on how great you will feel when you arrive!
In yesterday’s post we spoke of vision. Why is it important? How do we develop it? Why bother? Let us tackle the first question, ‘Why is it important?’ I can best describe this by using a story I heard about two different ships. On the first one, we pick a destination, map out a course fill it with a capable crew and an outstanding captain. Now, keeping the destination in front of them nine times out of ten it will get where it sets out to go. True that along the way the map might need to be adjusted and the crew may need to be replaced, but it will arrive where it was destined to. Now let us take a second boat, but on this book we will not say where it is going, we will not give them a map. There will be new crew and therefore no need of a captain. We will just fire up the engine and let it go. How far out of the dock do you think that ship will go? Where will it end up? This may seem like an extreme example, but ask ten people where there goal is to end up in 5 years, 10 years or even 20. Then ask then what their plan is for getting to that destination. Very few will have a concrete, worthwhile goal in mind and even less will have a plan to get there. There is another, more fun reason to do this. Rewards. How, if we don’t know where we are going do we know if we are getting any closer? Where is the opportunity to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done? Where is the motivation? Where indeed.
So if this vision is so important, how do we develop one? Well they come in many definitions. Companies call them mission statements. Some people call them goals. I prefer to just say “Discover your passion and then chase it with all your might”. If you are chasing a goal you are really passionate about two things happen. One, it seems more like an adventure then work. Who doesn’t like a good adventure? We pay good money to read about them in books and to watch them on the silver screen. The second thing is obstacles naturally turn into challenges. We will not anything stop us! So start your adventure now. Write down your destination. Begin to map it out and select your crew to assist you along the way.