Ultimately, change will only occur if you expect it to!
“You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn’t want to.” ― Robert Schuller
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” — Michelangelo Buonarroti. The journey to achieve real success begins with a dream. The more and deeply we dream the higher we enable ourselves to aim, and the higher we aim and affix our emotions to the dream, the greater our ability becomes to climb and reach success.
Life, in pursuit of our ultimate dream, is exhilarating. Striving to reach a dream leads to goal development, and then inching day by day, we begin to reach levels of success toward the dream. This belief was what I lived for in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, while I was in pursuit of my ultimate dream and goal in life: to play professional football in the National Football League. I set my goal as a young child, and it was high, and then I begin my journey in early high school.
What happens when you fail to reach the dream? You fail – you fail so hard that your dream becomes a nightmare, and the importance of life, at least for a few, steadies in the balance. This evolution from high dream achievement to low despair, is dangerous because, at a point, we then equate our happiness into the idea of only achieving ‘that dream’, resulting in a total investment of our hearts into the dream, walking a tightrope of failure at every turn. And failure can be eternally deadly.
Tim Christian had a goal and dream of becoming a professional football player. He was there, within an inch of an NFL jersey, with 25 top agents chasing him and promising the world – and then his plans were dashed before getting the opportunity. What happened next, over the course of months, was a broken heart that changed into life renewed.
What Tim learned is that you need to put everything you have into everything you have (been given). Don’t just have a dream – have many dreams. Aspire to stretch yourself and put your talents to the test!