Have you ever watched children play with water bubbles? They seem completely mystified by the beauty of the bubbles floating in the air. They run, giggle and chase the bubbles until they burst in the air. We should chase our dreams in the same way a child chases a beautiful water bubble. Your dream may seem impossible, but the cliché saying “If the mind can perceive it, it can achieve it” is quite true. Consider Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb. He came up with the idea of producing light using a light bulb and, after several attempts, was able to perfect his idea. Without his invention we probably wouldn’t have the light bulbs we enjoy today. So, how can you get the courage to chase your seemingly impossible dreams?
You have to be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. You are on this earth for a purpose and you can make a valuable contribution. Strong confidence can lead to either of two things: people will begin to buy into your idea or people will think that you are absolutely insane. Take the risk and hope that people will buy into your idea. The best ideas tend to be those that go against the norm.
Release Your Fear
Chasing your dreams is going to require that you take some risks. It doesn’t mean that you should be stupid. However, you have to be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. Are you afraid of failure? The scale can be tipped in either direction- you can either fail miserably or be extremely successful. If you believe in your idea then go for it.
Tune Out the Negativity
Two Sundays ago my cousin took me to her church. It was one of the best services I have ever been to and the message has stuck with me. The sermon was based on the story of Jesus and Peter walking on water. One of the points that the pastor mentioned that stood out to me was the fact that when Peter was walking on the water towards Jesus, he became distracted by the winds and the waves around him, lost faith and began to sink. If Peter had ignored the distractions, he would have been able to finish that walk towards Jesus.
This story is applicable to your own life. There will always be naysayers who want to dissuade you from pursuing your dream. They will find every reason for why it won’t work and will often leave you feeling discouraged. Listen to what they are saying, pick out the points you can learn from, and do everything you can to make sure that you don’t make the mistakes they are pointing out. Just don’t let them discourage you from pursuing your dream altogether.
Chasing your dream doesn’t mean that you should let loose and take uncalculated risks. Especially when you have limited funds and a family that depends on you, you have to be very careful about how you spend your money and your time. One of the things that you can do is go after your dream in stages. Invest bits of your money at a time, test the market, and watch the results.
Never give up on your dreams. They can make valuable contributions to the world.