Mar 302012

follow your dreams“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”–Harriet Tubman

Over the past two months, I’ve become acutely aware of the courage it takes for a  person to follow their dreams. To some, those who live their lives on purpose appear to be the lucky few. However, a person’s ability to follow their dreams depends very little on luck. Instead the capacity to fulfill one’s grandest vision of their life relies much more on choice and commitment. The following four points are truths that may accompany your pursuit of your dreams and the creation your most amazing life.

Living Your Life On Purpose Has More Value Than Fortune or Fame
A purposeful and fulfilling life does not always come with a lavish salary and public adoration. However, following your dreams, and achieving your own personal success comes with payoffs that are beyond money or fame.

Living your individual purpose brings with it an immeasurable level of joy, satisfaction, and contentment, and getting into the flow of your dreams creates an inner peace that is almost tangible. While financial security is important, pursuing a dream or purpose that does not come with a large salary may have a more valuable payoff in other aspects of life.

What Will You Be Most Proud Of at the End Of Your Life?
What will you be most happy to reflect on as your life comes to an end? Will you revel in the fact that you have a large immaculate home, or will you celebrate your memories of traveling the world. Will you remember with satisfaction the caliber of the private school you sent your children to, or will you cherish how you built a small home business and had time to watch your kids grow up? Will you hold dear the large television you purchased, or will you be most proud that you did something to make a difference in the world?

Following Your Dreams Requires Persistence
While each individual dream is unique, a common truth runs through them all: To pursue your dreams and live on purpose takes persistence and commitment. Following your dreams requires paying continuous attention to your inner voice as you uncover clues that show you what brings you the most satisfaction, joy, and inner peace, and it may entail maintaining your vision through the toughest of times.

You May Run Into Naysayers While Pursuing Your Dreams
Having the courage to follow your dreams and the voice of your heart may mean you run into naysayers that feel your time would be better spent doing something else-perhaps something more practical. Even if the majority of people in your life understand your vision, you may run into those that, for whatever reason, have negative things to say about your direction.

Don’t give too much attention to someone who doesn’t understand your path. Instead, focus on your vision and those people who demonstrate love and support. In many cases, a naysayer’s discouraging sentiments have very little to do with you, and more to do with dreams they have not pursued.

Success is a relative term that means something different to everyone. Finding the courage to follow your own inner compass and live a life you love is a choice you can make. What mark will you make on the world?

“The future belongs to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams.”–Eleanor Roosevelt

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