It's a tragic indictment on our society but many people are asleep 24 hours a day. There is no light on inside. They are “The Walking Dead”. Why haven't they woken up yet? There are a number of reasons.
People are lulled to sleep by apathy, complacency, compromise, procrastination, and a sense that everything will work out in the end. They don't have a purpose in life and aren't committed to anything. Maybe they're afraid of waking up and prefer to stay wrapped up in their nice warm comfort zone.
It is said that our western world is in a state of apathy, ruled by a “who cares?” attitude to life. People live with a “cruising mentality”, doing enough to get by and no more. They say, “Don't rock the boat, it will all work out in the end”. All they end up doing is settling for less than the best.
Apathy is one of the greatest killers of success. It kills motivation, vision, and destiny. Apathy has to be the ugliest word in the English language. Apathetic people make excuses. They reason away why they aren't getting ahead in life or achieving. One common excuse is that they're waiting for the “big break”, when all circumstances will be perfect.
The reality is if you're asleep to opportunities, you'll miss all the breaks that come your way.
I like what Og Mandino says: “Be prepared to capitalise on the next opportunity that presents itself or, better still, to make your own opportunities.”
Stretch and grow
Why have a dream? One reason is to develop yourself, for personal growth. A vision for your future will cause you to stretch further and develop the necessary skills to accomplish it.
During the early days of raising up the Youth Alive movement, I was mainly focused on addressing youth issues and providing young people with relevant, contemporary events. As the organisation grew, I found that I also had to become skilled in managing people, concert, finances and promotions. I didn't learn these skills overnight. Some of them took me awhile to grasp, and I remember that was a very stretching time. But the experience was vital and through it I grew.
Here's a great quote I picked up “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can reach. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors, try to be better than yourself.”
Be prepared to capitalise on the next opportunity that presents itself or better still to make your own opportunities
Dreamers tend to shoot higher than what has already been achieved. At every Olympic Games records are broken. Those athletes are not content to live within their old time or those set by someone else. Their goal is not just to win a gold medal, but to join that class of elite people who go beyond themselves. They want to be known as someone who dared to believe.
When the world's number one runner sprints down the track he is in competition with himself he wants to beat his current best time and set a new one. He is definitely awake!
Enjoy the trip
Life should be fun. You should be enjoying yourself each day. When you're in pursuit of a dream, realising your goals each step of the way, you experience immense satisfaction and personal achievement. It's about time we turned off the snooze button of life, woke up and began to dream.
The 2019’s to 2021’s I've seen so many people lose hope. I've read about thousands of businesses going under. Family breakdowns are increasing. And hopes being dashed.
It won't happen overnight
One of the greatest satisfactions of life is not just to achieve a goal but to pursue it. I have heard success described as the pursuit of a worthwhile dream. The pursuit should be as enjoyable as the ultimate reward. I like to read about other dreamers and how they “woke up”, “birthed” a dream and achieved it.
Dreams change lives
You've read this Far yet you might still be thinking what will the dream do for me? How can it change me?
in a nutshell, dreams will make you. They will create your character, your attitudes, build you up, make you a better you unless do you like the you that you are and don't want a ‘new improved version’.
The true joy of life, being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy” Bernard Shaw
Along the way you'll get to know your strengths and weaknesses. I wasn't a confident person in the early days. I didn't feel secure in what I was doing; in fact, it was quite nerve wracking sometimes. I was so sick with anxiety before my first rally that I had to go home ill and get a friend to stand in for me.
Today, years of speaking, leading rallies and helping people of all ages and backgrounds has given me the confidence to tackle bigger dreams.
Dreaming makes you a risk taker it challenges you to step out, stop playing it safe, move out of your comfort zone and dare to believe. it gives you real purpose!
Until next time
Yours in Prosperity