There was no way that I could ever achieve it — even if I devoted every minute of my life to it, and all of my money.
Would you like to know what it was?
I dreamed of reading every single book that had ever been written.
A silly dream? I know some of you can’t even imagine finishing one book!
However, I was a young, avid reader. I would read the cereal box if there was nothing else to read. I spent all my pocket money on books and my spare time reading them. Reading them was my favourite thing to do. Once I went on a day-trip with our local church. My mum gave me some money to spend on ‘something special’. I came home with two new books. That wasn’t really what she had in mind. But they were special, weren’t they?
I would often read way past bedtime. Sometimes I stayed up until I had read the whole book from start to finish. (Shh. Don’t tell my mum).
I couldn’t imagine anything lovelier than a life of just reading. Reading. Reading. Reading.
However, as I got older I realised what an unrealistic dream it was. Once I got to high school and had to read set novels that I absolutely hated, it dawned upon me that to achieve my dream, I’d have to read things I hated. When I discovered that new books were published every day, then I quickly realised that time was running out — I’d never have enough time!
Then there was always that pesky question of whether I would have to read books in a different language.
When it came down to it, the dream was too hard and unrealistic, so I let it die.
Sometimes dreams are unrealistic and the best thing to do is to let them die. A life spent chasing the impossible is not only frustrating, but it is a waste. A waste of time, a waste of energy and a waste of other opportunities that are possible.
But what about those dreams that are possible, yet require a lot of hard work and effort? Should we let them die just because they seem impossible?
Or is there something we can do to increase our chances of success?
I believe there is. It’s called a plan.
Planning is something most of us do anyway. We plan our meals. We plan our weekends. We plan our holidays. Why not plan our success too?
Sometimes dreams can take years to fulfil. Sometimes to achieve the ultimate goal, you need to achieve many goals along the way.
Take becoming a brain surgeon for example. There are 13 years of school to complete, then six years studying an undergrad medical degree. After that, a further six years of specialist training. If a little girl starting school this year aspires to be a brain surgeon, she has 25 years of hard work ahead of her, and wouldn’t be qualified until 2040!
Everyone has dreams.
“Wouldn’t it be great if…..”
“One day I’m going to…”
The trouble is that’s what most of them will ever be — dreams and wishes and a life of regretting that you never achieved what you so dearly wished for.
Unless you have a plan, then the chances of achieving success is slim.
Being successful in your life is a little like taking a road trip. You need to know where you are going, you need to know from where you are starting and you need a map. When taking a road trip, we usually look for the milestones along the way — usually a town, a river or a turnoff. By following the map, we don’t get lost. But if we simply get in the car and drive, then who knows where we will end up?
When you have a map, it’s also easy to overcome any roadblocks. You can easily identify another route that will get you to your end destination.
Fear often stops us from success, but so does the lack of a plan.
Planning takes thought. Planning takes work. Yet planning is often the difference between wishing and succeeding.
Do you have a plan?
If so, then you are a step ahead of the dreamers.
If not, you had best get busy making a plan.
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