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Big dreams? Most people with any sort of ambition have them. You can reach them. It is not pie in the sky. Well, maybe it is for some. What about you?
Let’s say you have an idea for a website business, blog, product, service, or affiliate program. You believe it is ideal for achieving your big dreams. All you need is to have a website.
But you are waffling. You are going nowhere. Problem is, it is not finding web hosting or setting up WordPress that is the problem.
It is you!
Before going further, here is a spoiler alert.
There is no magic answer to achieving big dreams.
There is no genie in a bottle.
There is no good fairy to sprinkle stardust and make everything magically happen.
There is … only you.
You are the key.
You bring the magic, the energy, the ambition, and the desire.
Success in any undertaking starts with you.
Agreed, you may not have all the skills. You might not have all the resources.
Don’t let that hold you back.
The following 5-character traits are all you need. Each can be learned.
The saying goes a journey of any distance starts with the first step. This analogy holds true on the path to success.
Your journey starts with believing you can. You demonstrate that by boldly taking the first step.
Paraphrasing William James, whatever the mind of a person can conceive and believe, so can that person achieve.
James stated this around the start of the nineteenth century. Many others have taken his findings and developed them even further.
Why? Because it is the foundation of success. If you do not believe in you, people ask, “Why should we?”
But it is more than that.
If you do not believe in you, then what purpose do you have for your very existence?
Whether an idea or goal, nothing will happen until someone grabs hold of it and believes they can make a difference.
You were born for a purpose. You have a purpose. Believing in you will lead to that purpose.
Character trait number one, to reach your big dreams believe in you.
John Maxwell, author of Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success wrote, “The difference between average people and achieving people is their perspective of and response to failure. Nothing else has the same kind of impact on people’s ability to achieve and to accomplish whatever their minds and hearts desire.”
What is your perspective and response to failure?
Do you believe failure is okay?
Are you aware that trying and failing means you are among some of the top people in the world both present and past?
You are reading this on a mobile device, tablet, desktop, or maybe even some new technology that, at the time of this writing, does not even exist.
Do you sincerely believe the inventor of whatever device you are on succeeded first try?
Do you believe there were no mistakes made to move the technology to the point of where you are today?
No and no. Failures are the bumps along the road to reach your big dreams.
There will be mistakes.
There will be growing pains.
There will be challenges on your journey to reach your big dreams.
That’s okay. Believe in failure.
Character trait number two, believe in failure.
There is a story about Walt Disney and Disneyland.
When Walt was in his last days, a reporter asked if he would be disappointed for not seeing Disneyland.
His reply “Because I saw it first, you will see it.”
This story might not be 100% factual. What is accurate is to reach your big dreams you need to believe in your vision.
History tells us there were many doubters about what Walt Disney had in mind.
Some saw it as unachievable.
Others as a waste of time and money.
Others didn’t believe people would come or at least not enough to make up for what was being invested.
Mr. Disney stuck to his big dream. It took years. But he believed in his vision.
Because he did, you and I now have Disneyland and many other theme parks modelled off of Walt Disney’s vision.
Character trait number three believe in vision.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could excel in everything?
Even better, wouldn’t it be great if we had the time to do everything?
That would be amazing. But it simply is not reality.
You may have heard the term jack of all trades master of none. It references someone who has talents in many areas but no expertise in any one of them.
“To thine own self be true”, is found in Act 1 of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
This jewel of a phrase applies to anyone who is determined to achieve their big dream.
If you are determined to achieve your big dream, then be it known that you need to embrace what you are good at – your strengths.
You also need to embrace what you are not so good at – your weaknesses.
By-the-way, working your strengths and managing what you are not so good at through other people is a quality of leadership.
And, by handing off, delegating, what you are not so good at you will soon discover that by doing this you will be less stressed and more efficient.
Character trait number 4, believe in delegation.
Thomas Edison is reported as saying, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
You may be thinking of Edison as the inventor of the light bulb.
According to Science Focus.com several other scientists were ahead of Edison.
The difference is that most of them gave up when they could not find a solution to a filament that was inexpensive and could burn for hours.
Edison stuck with it. He found a solution.
Perseverance is defined as “…persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success …”
To achieve your big dreams, character trait number five is believe in perseverance.
These five-character traits are not the be-all and end-all. Yet if you can work each one of these into your character, you will be well on your way to achieving your big dreams.
By-the-way, as you read through the list, did you note the common word … believe.
That is the kicker.
Whether creating an e-commerce web property, starting out in affiliate marketing, launching a blog, or registering a domain name, if you sincerely believe you can, you are more than half-way there.
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