“Anybody can be a halfway man, but the one who rises above this class is the one who keeps everlastingly pushing” – J. Ogden Armour
Out of all things I enjoy, reading the biography of great men (and great women) gives me the best pleasure. Of all books I’ve read, books about those who had been faced with tremendous rigor before overcoming it and then reaching the top are my favorite. When I read books like these, I take the time to behold certain tragic events that happened in the course of the life of the actor, as well as learn how the actor strategically fought them.
The quote at the beginning of this article, from J. Ogden Armour, is so dear to me, but I’m sharing it with you. I believe that all human beings exist for a purpose. Although different goals drive us, we all have something in common: a dream. Before your vision can be accomplished or come true, you have to dream. Becoming a billionaire before 40 is their dream or life goal for some people. Some want to be impactful and motivate people around them. Some want to make their family proud. And more.
All of these are good dreams. If you asked me whether they are accomplishable, they are! This is because every great accomplishment you see today started as a dream. As Napoleon Hill put it, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”.
However, I must point out that having a dream of accomplishing something big cannot achieve unless you push it. By using the word “pushing”, I meant that you should work towards your dream. Pursue your ambition. Do not stop till you acquire it. “I dream of painting, then I paint my dream”, Vincent Van Gogh once wrote.
See your dream like a wheelbarrow that can neither move nor push itself until it is pushed. Your dream is like a wheelbarrow that you will not be able to move if you’re not pushing it– it cannot push itself towards accomplishing its goal. The pusher who needs to do the pushing is you. Yes! Your dream is realizable. Your dream (whatever it is) is realizable, so you should believe in it and push it.
Pushing your dream!
A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; what it takes to become a reality includes sweat, determination, and hard work. Courage is also needed to achieve a dream.
1. Don’t get ahead of yourself
“Don’t be in a hurry to achieve your dreams. Take a day to play with your kids and relax – your dreams will still be there tomorrow” (Lindsey Rietzsch). See your dream as your lifetime goal–and something permanent. Work towards achieving it, but take it easy and trust the process.
2. Don’t doubt yourself
“Believe in your greatness. Because what you believe is what you become” (Udai Yadla). Self-doubt kills dreams faster than anything. What you repeatedly do is what you eventually become. Therefore, do not doubt yourself. Don’t think that you’re not good enough or lacking. Dream it, believe it, and then you can achieve it!
3. Don’t wait until you’re perfect
“If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it” (Criss Jami). Perfectionism comes with experience. It’s something you develop gradually. Waiting to be perfect in something before you start doing it is deceitful. The right time to chase your dream is right now!
4. Don’t push yourself too hard
Lastly, don’t be harsh on yourself. Building a dream takes time. You cannot create a dream that will last for decades in one day. The earlier you realize, the better for you. I will sum it up with the following thoughtful write-up by Jamie Varon.
“You change when you want to change. You put your ideas into action at the timing that is best. That’s just how it happens. And what I think we all need more than anything: permission to be wherever we are when we’re there. You’re not a robot. You can’t just conjure up motivation when you don’t have it. Sometimes you’re going through something. Sometimes life happens. Life! Remember life? Yeah, it teaches you things and sometimes makes you go a long way for your biggest lessons.
You don’t get to control everything. You can wake up at 5 a.m. every day until you’re tired and broken, but if the words, painting, or ideas don’t want to come to fruition, they won’t. You can show up every day with your best intentions, but if it’s not the time, it’s just not. It would be best to permit yourself to be a human being” – Jamie Varon