Have you ever wondered what makes some people so successful that everything they touch seems to turn to gold? I’ve asked myself on many occasions why some people are uber successful. What’s the ‘it factor’ that makes them win? I believe that the answer lies in one fact. People that win in life believe in themselves and their ability to make their dreams come true. Successful people have the innate ability to develop an idea and move forward with it without being held back by worrying about the challenges that tomorrow may bring.
On the other hand, unsuccessful people believe that they lack the resources, education and/or connections required to reach their goals. They use any excuse to put off pursuing their dreams. You’ll hear them say things such as, ‘I’m waiting until the kids go to college, then I’m going to start my catering business” or “As soon as I make enough money to pay off my credit card bills and student loans, then I’m going to start my fashion and lifestyle blog and travel the world.”
Have you ever used an excuse to put off pursuing your dreams? Today you will learn how to move past your excuses and begin turning your dreams into reality.
Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. ~George Herbert
Like so many people, I found myself stuck for 15 years in a field that wasn’t bringing me joy or the life I desired. In 2003, I began my career in education as a teacher. I loved my students, but the demands of grading papers, planning lessons and getting my students to ‘pass the test,’ didn’t seem to be worth it for the low pay that I was receiving ($35,000/year with a master’s degree). So, I followed the rules, went back to school to earn another degree and eventually became a school counselor. Still not completely happy with my career, I went back to school (again!), this time earning a certification in educational leadership and landed a district level administration job. I thought surely working at the district level would be the answer to my prayers, right? I no longer had to work directly with kids. This job was definitely going to be the answer to my prayers. I had never been so wrong in my life. My district level administration job was more stressful than anything I could have ever imagined. Eventually, I left the district level job and took a significant pay cut to work for the state as a consultant and coach. The pay sucked, but it was stress free so that gave me a sigh of relief. It was actually a huge sigh of relief until I got my first paycheck. All of those degrees (and accompanying student loans) left me making less money than I had made in the last 10 years. As bad as the pay was, taking those few steps back was the best decision that I could have ever made. God was setting me up for a major blessing and I didn’t even realize it at the time. Like an arrow, I was being pulled back, but when I was released, my life was projected to places far beyond what I could have ever imagined. [ctt template=”11″ link=”3m4L6″ via=”yes” nofollow=”yes”]Like an arrow, I was being pulled back, but when I was released, my life was projected to places far beyond what I could have ever imagined.[/ctt] Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, my low paying, stress free job was exactly where I needed to be. It allowed me to relax and clear my mind and as I did, something strange began to happen. I started to dream. Not only that, but I had time to start putting my dreams to work and BAM! Focus. Implement. Triumph! came to life. My prayer for God to enlarge my territory had been answered and it was far beyond my wildest imagination.
You’ve been putting off your hopes and dreams for far too long now. Today is your day to start having BIG Dreams and believing in your ability to turn them into reality! BIG Dreams are composed of three distinct elements:
- Believe in Yourself
- Imagine the Impossible
- Get Rid of Fear
Dream BIG & Believe in Yourself
Before you can turn your dream into your reality, you must have three core beliefs.
- Believe in yourself
- Believe in your ability/talents (If you don’t wholeheartedly believe that you can, then guess what… you won’t.)
- Believe that your dream can come true
Only one person can make your dreams come true. Guess who that person is… Yep, you guessed it. It’s YOU! Before you can begin winning, you must believe in yourself and your ability to make your dreams come true. You have everything you need to win. Repeat that to yourself until it begins to resonate in your spirit. I have everything I need to win. It’s true. You already have EVERYTHING that you need to win and make any dream come true. Even that BIG dream that you never thought was possible can come true if you’re willing to do the work. Nothing is impossible when your desire to live your dreams is combined with faith in your ability to make those dreams come true.
Dream BIG & Imagine the Impossible
Did you just hear what I said? NOTHING is impossible when your desire to win is combined with faith in your ability to make your dreams come true. I’m going to keep repeating it until you get it… NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! Read it again if you need to and keep reading it until it fully resonates with you. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! When I encourage you to dream BIG, that’s exactly what I mean. In order to win, in order to live a life with no limits, in order to enlarge your territory beyond what you see right now, you must imagine the impossible and believe that you can make it happen.
There’s no limit to your winning. No matter how crazy it may seem at first, if you dreamed it, then believe it. Every original idea seems crazy to everyone except the person that has it. In the early 1890’s Guglielmo Marconi began working on what he referred to as ‘wireless telegraphy,’ the transmission of messages through the air. When he began telling people about his work, they thought that he was crazy and even referred him to a mental institution. By 1909, he was a Nobel Prize winner for his work and is now credited with being the inventor of the radio. Just imagine how differently your life would be right now if Marconi had given up on his dream. No radio. No cell phone. No internet. Or even worse, someone else would have come along and developed this technology and Marconi would have had a dream stolen. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather pursue my own dreams and make them turn into reality before I look up and find out that someone else made it come true. Your friends, family, even your spouse may not understand your dream and may even think that you’ve completely lost your mind, but that’s ok. When they begin to see the results of your hard work, then they will understand and wish that they had jumped on the bandwagon earlier.
Dream BIG & Get Rid of Fear
Ok… Now it’s time for me to give you a hard truth. No matter how much you believe in yourself, the day will come when a sense of fear seeps in. Out of nowhere, a thought will pop in your head and you’ll hear a voice telling you that the goal you’re attempting to achieve is impossible. You’ll begin to feel frustrated, overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel. You’ll think that there’s no way that you can win. This is the moment that defines your destiny. The way in which you respond in this moment ultimately determines the level of success that you achieve.
F.E.A.R. has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours. ~Zig Ziglar
Feelings of self-doubt are common, especially when you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone to achieve greatness. When faced with the choice to run or rise, it is in this moment that you must get rid of fear and choose to RISE! Easier said than done, right? I agree with you 100%.
When I made the decision to break away from the normalcy of my life and start Focus. Implement. Triumph!, my initial feeling was one of excitement about the future. I poured myself into countless hours of research and work sessions to determine the vision and mission that I had for my life and for my business. I learned everything I could about blogging and how to start a profitable online business. Hours and hours and hours and hours of research…. All with very little action. I kept telling myself that I needed to become an expert in everything before I could actually start the business. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, my desire to become an expert before I began to take any action was an excuse that allowed me to appear to be engaged in developing a business, but really, I was just wasting time. The truth of the matter is that I was filled with fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what others would think. Fear that no one would listen to or agree with my message. From the outside looking in, it appeared that I was hard at work, but the truth of the matter is that I was staying busy but not actually doing anything. It wasn’t until I began to conquer my fear with facts that I began to take action and make my dreams come true.
The FIT Program outlines an exact method that will teach you how to conquer your fear and start winning.
Now is the time for you to begin releasing your talents to the world. Dream BIG and transform your life TODAY!
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