Do you have dreams? Do you want to follow them? While the demands of life, or even the decisions we make, may alter the pursuit of our dreams, either partially, or entirely, it is important to remember that each person was born with a unique set of gifts, talents, abilities and desires for his or her life— I call these desires dreams. And I believe that at some point in a person’s life, he, or she, should seek to live out those dreams (as long as they are positive and not detrimental to one’s own well-being, or the well-being of others).
It was after my brief stint in the corporate world that I decided that I really needed to follow my dreams. I hated everything about the corporate sector (except my paycheck), and I knew that I needed a change of pace. This decision was also driven by the fact that after I had invested the time, money and effort toward earning a college education, developing my professional skills, abilities and portfolio, building my social and professional networks, and following all the other steps and directions needed to realize the American Dream, I soon realized that I was not fulfilled trying to pursue someone (or something) else’s dream and that I needed to realize my own dreams— the dreams which were birthed inside me.
Also, be mindful that the pursuit of your dreams does not have to involve your job, or vocation. It could be a hobby, or just something you always wanted to do, or traveling to some place you’ve always wanted to go. I always tell people that the best way to follow your dreams is to not live life recklessly and to have a plan— because your dream needs a plan. And your life needs a plan.
So, here are five reasons why I’ve decided to follow my dreams.
Reason #1: I’m good at the things I dream about doing.
More often than not, it’s the things which we are good at which encourage us to dream about doing them as much as possible. And in my own life, I’ve found that the things I’m good at also tend to be the things I would do all day and every day if I could. Moreover, as I work at these things, I get better and better.
READ MORE: Do What You’re Good At, Not What You Love (Huffington Post)
Reason #2: It’s a great pleasure.
Someone once told me to keep the corporate job I hated because somehow, it would make me “better”. And “…by the way…” the person told me, “…most people don’t like their jobs anyway, so it’s life”. But my life doesn’t have to be that way, so I’ve decide to do and be all that I need to do and be in order to realize my dreams— that was a mouthful!
I also want to share that hating your job can add to stress and general discontentment to your life. And studies have proven that stress and discontentment can have a negative effect on your health. It’s understandable that sometimes we have to do what we have to do and take jobs we may not care for, but (and especially) if you don’t have to work in a position you hate, then take my advice and don’t do it!
READ MORE: How Stress Affects Your Health (Health.com)
Reason #3: It helps me to focus.
Doing what’s necessary to realize my dreams helps me to plan my life in such a way that I apply the appropriate amount of time, ability, energy and resources needed to make my dreams a reality. It helps me to not waste these, and other valuable resources, on unnecessary pursuits.
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Reason #4: It inspires others.
Greatness is radiant. It reflects off the person who committed himself to achieving that goal, idea, or feat, which distinguished him from others. Greatness is excellence. I want the realization of my dreams to influence someone else to pursue his, or her, own dreams. Moreover, I want to realize my greatest potential in every area of my life so that when others look on me, or think of me, they’ll be inspired to pursue and realize their greatest potential, too. (Please note that greatness, excellence and perfection are three different things.)
READ MORE: 19 Reason to Ignore Everybody and Follow Your Dreams (GloboTreks)
Reason #5: It’s time.
I’ve worked enough boring and dead-end jobs, which had little (immediate) financial value to me. But, I do acknowledge that I did gain some social and hands-on skills and experiences which have proven beneficial to my life.)
Moreover, each day I have the privilege to live, I get older. So I have to resist the urge to waste time, and invest my time, talent, energies and resources into the things can benefit me, and which are important toe— like being self-employed, studying dance and martial arts, traveling the world, and supporting local charities and community causes.
If I allow procrastination, uncertainty, fear, lack or worry to delay the progress of the fruition of my dreams, then I would be wasting the time, talent, energy and all other resources I already have in my possession which I could use to realize my dreams.
What are your dreams?
READ MORE: 11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams (Lifehack)