Have you been having a hard time working for your dreams? Do you feel discouraged and hopeless any time a small opposition presents in your life? Do you have a deep desire to achieve something great? If so, I know exactly what you’re going through, because this is what I’m trying to work on right now. Should I hold on to my ambitious goals when I know they require a LOT of work? The answer is yes.
As I said in the introduction of this blog, people tend to wait for their path to change without realizing they are the ones wearing the wrong shoes. Your path will be full of rocks, and if you think you will get to your destination wearing your brand new golden Tori Burch sandals on your precious pedicured feet, then let me tell you, once you get there, your feet will be hurt and torn apart, just like your shoes. What if you, as another example, have to go through a quicksand path? Most people without knowledge will see an easy, sandy and fast shortcut to take, but you, as the smart person that I know you are, will take your patience to go step by step, slowly, maintaining yourself at ground level, while the other person that sprung at the same time as you might be a couple of steps forward, but the sand is up to their necks. (If you didn’t understand any of this, then you seriously need to review your literature lessons and learn what a metaphor is.)
So what exactly do you need to know? It is a natural thing in nature that for every action, there is an opposing and equal reaction. If your goals are as ambitious as mine (which is why we call ourselves ‘dreamers’), you need to know that you’ll have to participate in a 100 miles marathon. And if you are just a newbie, that has never jogged 100 meters in your life (aka someone who has never worked for something, if you still do not understand), you have to know that it will take you WAAAY longer than those athletes that trained themselves for this, and that you will be quite sore just an hour into the race. You have to prepare yourself. You have to work -and I mean WORK- for what you want. There will be many times where you will feel defeated, useless and exhausted, but just like cardio, that’s when the calories start burning for real, baby. For instance, why do you think children always get what they want? Because they’re so darn annoying/consistent about it! They ask for it endlessly, and not until you give it to them, will they ever stop crying, insisting and running behind you. I’ve seen so many adults change their goals, and going to the wrong job with a fake smile on their tired faces, just because they “grew up” or “had to adapt to society” because of particular past life events. And then when you see it, voilà, there’s the difference between the happy child holding his favorite toy and the bored daddy drinking coffee to keep himself awake at the office.
A dreamer is not called a dreamer because he sleeps all day and daydreams all morning (kidding) nor because it’s someone that “wants something fictitious and impossible’. A dreamer is a person who is not afraid to challenge society’s norms and not afraid to tread their own path rather than following the well-trodden path. A dreamer is someone who’s not afraid to ask why before doing something that everyone else does blindly. A dreamer is a person that has a great futuristic and specific picture of what they want, which they work to achieve at all costs. Personally, I know that I am a dreamer. Now, are you? Do you really want to give up on the hardest -but most rewarding- trip of your life?
So before you go back to watching your favorite series and tweeting about it all night, I want you to take a minute. Turn off the TV. Turn down the volume on your radio. Put your phone on silent, and listen for just five minutes. I don’t want you to pay attention for my sake, but for yours. Are you really not worth five minutes of your own time? Be patient, don’t sit, work your ass off and follow your dreams. And when you’re too tired or sad because you think you’re not succeeding in what you want, let it out! Get rid of all that negativeness! And then, put your running shoes back on and hop on that treadmill, because, darling, the marathon won’t be easy.
- When the motivator needs motivating (equestrianoflife.com)
- Seven quotes that will motivate you like you’ve never been motivated before (holykaw.alltop.com)