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Dream With Determination

No one said that living your dreams would be a breeze. Remember that it took Harry Potter scribe J. K. Rowling nearly six years to complete her first book and it was rejected by 12 publishers before finding a home at Bloomsbury Publishing. Clearly, sticking out difficult circumstances is one of the keys to success.

Perseverance is a trait that Ben Saunders has in spades. In 2004 at age 26, he became the youngest solo skier to reach the North Pole, despite being told by “experts” that he was trying to achieve the impossible. “I always tell myself that if it were easy, anyone could do it and ‘impossible’ is only an opinion,” he explains.

Sandra Magsamen, author of Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine and host of the PBS show “Living Artfully with Sandra Magsamen,” emphasizes the importance of not giving up when the going gets tough. “Pursuing your dream is simply following your heart, with heavy emphasis on the word pursue,” she explains. “You have to just believe in your dream so much that you’re going to passionately keep at it.”

Living Your Dreams

Life is all about choices, and the power to shape your dreams lies in your hands. In the first 30 days, it’s critical to open the doors of possibility.

“The first 30 days is a running start,” explains Levine. “It’s important that [the momentum] doesn’t end after 30 days. Those first 30 days, that’s your launching period to see how much you can get done.”

Wherever your dream may take you, know that you are paving a personal path. There were times on the trip when I was actually like, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I am living my dream,’” says world traveler Melinda.

 

Posted: 12/20/07
Egerer

Dreams inspire and teach others that anything is possible. Dreams offer hope of a better tomorrow. I'm drawn to the rainforests of the world. There is something lifechanging about the rainforests and saving them is the most important thing we can do.

  • By Egerer
  • on 10/17/10 5:57 AM EST
cissym181

In the last 5 years, it seems like whatever I have done, it has back fired. I have just quit my job, because I was always getting put down. So I have decide I am going to start doing my dream. Start a daycare.

jackieballard

After my divorce, I read a wonderful book called "Write it Down, Make it Happen" . I was broke, squandering my savings so that I could go back to school and get a teaching certificate and I was LOOOWWW.
I paused, reflected and wrote down everything I wanted in life. It seemed out of reach and impossible considering the reality of where I was.
I wanted a house big enough for my kids, I wanted a car, I wanted to blow bubbles off the Eiffel Tower, I wanted a job that made $40k a year. It all seemed out of reach. I wrote it and I tucked it away.
My parents bought a new car and gave me theirs, I got a job that made $46,222 a year, my 6 year old son noticed an empty house nearby and I wrote a note to the owners and moved in (brand new house, gorgeous neighborhood, low rent), and less than six months later I found myself on the Eiffel Tower at night blowing bubbles off towards the Seine. You know what--- it was even more incredible than I imagined. My daughter stood there with me, and we watched those bubbles spin and swirl and sparkle off into space.
On that day, I did more than make my own dreams come true. I taught my daughter how to dream. She wanted a car. I had no extra money to give her and no way to make it happen and all I could tell her was to write it down, print out a picture and see herself in a new car. Less than a month later,she was given a decked out car as a graduation present. True stories. No fabrication or hyperbole. Write it down. Write down how you will feel when you get what you want. See it and refuse to let any thought enter your head that undermines your dream.
Don't share it and don't even hint at it. Other people will often crush your dreams trying to impose their realities onto your world. Tend to your dreams and tuck them away and before you know it, you will have what you truly seek.
I hope that your dreams come true and you dream magnificently! What's the point in dreaming small? Dream BIG!! Dream as if you deserve every wonderful experience, feeling and luxury life has to offer--- because actually---you do.
Blessings!

oldgold

The first time I met my high school guidance counselor she asked what I wanted to do after college (big assumption) and when I replied, "Play pro football." she laughed out loud. Three years later Tufts University offered me a scholarship. My football coach misplaced the application and when he finally sent it in, in April, Tufts replied that they'd love to have me on the team but all the scholarships had already been assigned.
Dream sunk, and kept on the bottom by the weight of knowing that men in authority were incompetent jerks, an impression easily reinforced during the Vietnam war.
Thirty years later I was living on a small sailboat, as excited as a ten year old kid stepping onto a raft with Huck Finn and when an old salt told me "You could easily sail this down to the Carribean." it was fireworks, BOOM, dreaming again with great vigor. Yes!
Shortly thereafter I got a phone call. My youngest son, 16, was getting, well his older brother thought it was really my job to 'straighten the kid out' so I anchored my dream and moved in with the two boys and my former wife. Within a month I had twice stood toe to toe with the older boy, "Let's go out back and settle this like men" (he must have shared his father's opinion of men in authority) so, having come to my senses, I quietly went out back, got in the car and headed toward the marina. Let's hoist anchor!
Before I could even park the car my daughter called. "Dad, I'm pregnant! It's so reassuring to have you right next door since Mike works nights." Torpedoed amidships, dead in the water.
Five years later, my daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters are planning on building a house and moving. I know that my dream is out there somewhere, drifting, but I can't muster any enthusiasm for getting her shipshape again. Why bother, the best I can hope for is to be a good martyr but not remind everyone about it constantly (Mother Issues? How dare you.).
So, anyone have any personal experience with dream resurrection which you'd be willing to share?

  • By oldgold
  • on 8/19/08 9:44 AM EST
lilliede81


My dream isn't big, it's being free! Free! FREE!!

For instance, if I can't sleep in the night, get up & do laundry, or clean, or cook without being questioned as to "why."

Free & go as I please, & not have to answer to anyone.

Eating what works for me, & not having to justify my choices.

Singing, playing the Native American drum or flute, without any comments.

To meditate uninterrupted, peacefully!

Coming home from a delightful day & not hear "where did you go, what did you do, who did you see, who were you with, what did you talk about, what did you eat?"

Not having to listen to incessant, negative talk, talk, talk.

Not having to justify everything I do, say, think feel -- just because its different to another's believes.

As I started to really discover who I am becoming and to change -- I began to dream the dream of FREEDOM!!

Now I am creating the dream --day by day, step by step! YEA!!

rfredhoward

My dream (Vision) came to me 20 years ago, is God inspired which makes it a "call to mission" not just a dream, and now, just over the past year and a half, doors have started to open to have it become reality. It's not about me but rather the Lord using me and my talents to fulfill His call to rescue "At Risk Kids", feed the multitudes, and bridge the many rifts in our world's humanity (It's a larger dream so it's taking a little longer to accomplish). Progress has been directly proportional to my availability to heed His call. The needs are real, Evergreen Farms (the vehicle) is well defined, a plan of action is in place, and all required technology readily available to accomplish the mission. After reading this article and comments by others I am inspired to get on with the program. I filled Chap. 7 bankruptcy yesterday to close one chapter in my life so we can begin the Evergreen journey. All aboard!!

Advice: Your "WID,WID" is very important and will sustain you on your journey i.e. "Why I do, What I do" . Also be aware of and protect against Satan's CIA i.e. Complacency, Indifference, & Apathy. Fred Howard, Evergreen Farms Intl. & CHOSENrescue

AngelNaphtalie

It is true, if you want dreams to come true, you have to act on them. I have been in the radio and video scene for over 15+years, never could get to far, except in the local community. But, I did make a small name for myself there. Everyone knows 'The Angel', whether they know what I look like or not. They know my name, and my voice, and most of my work. Of course the dream is to be bigger than that, and I want control of the dream. I never want to be a subject of profit for someone else's dream, unless it is in my control. In other words, I don't want to be owned by anyone. I am very talented in what I do, and I know what I am doing. It works well for the community end of things, because I am giving something to the people, and loving it. Course, theres no money in doing that, and most times people take advantage of my 'Good Doings'. So, the dream is too be respected for what I do, and bring all my talents to the forefront, and be paid for my work. I am sure there is more to my dream, than meets the eyes, ears, and minds of everyone out there, but have to start somewhere, to make it a reality. Therefore, I am putting it out there. Angel7Productions-Radio/Tv Producer.
Thanks for the push, and insight. I am going to 'Now' make my dreams come true.

libbyabby

THIS HAS HELPED ME START MY NOVEL, I HAVE BEEN DREAMING AOUT THIS FOR 3 YEARS, TRAVELING TO EGYPT EACH YEAR FOR 5 YEARS TO GET MORE INFORMATION, AND NOW I AM READY, THANKS SO MUCH ELIZABETH TRESS