All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney
All of us have personal dreams; visions of things we wish to accomplish in life. Often these dreams and passions within us have been deposited in our spirits by God; our bodies have been wired for those specific purposes; to fulfill those dreams while we live. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Our dreams are often linked to our natural gifts and talents; those things that we seem to do so well without much training, those things that we simply love doing. Our gifts or natural talents are also from God and He says in the book of Proverbs Chapter 18 and verse 16 that our gifts shall make room for us.
Many persons; however, never pursue their dreams and many who pursue them give up so easily. At the first signs of any obstacle they “throw in the towel.” After trying and failing a few times, we become discouraged. However, if it is your dream, something that you are truly passionate about you should continue to pursue it. Yes, we may fail but we should learn from the mistakes and try again. Henry Ford once said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.”
On an “Earl Nightingale and our changing world” radio program aired on ZNS sometime ago, Mr. Nightingale told a story of a woman by the name of Keri Hulmni from a small town in New Zealand. He said that this lady committed 16 years to the writing of a novel she titled, “The Bone People.” She spent the next four years sending her manuscript to publishers all of whom rejected her work. “Feeling depressed and defeated,” he said, “She decided to have the manuscript encased in Lucite and used as a door stopper.”
Nightingale said that Hulmni then went back to painting, which was another one of her talents. While exhibiting some of her paintings at an exhibition in New Zealand, she happened to bring up her novel with a woman that she met. The woman expressed enthusiasm in the story and suggested that they publish it themselves. They printed 2,000 copies, which sold out in five weeks with no formal publicity. The next 2,000 sold out in two days. Keri Hulmni’s book has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and made it to the Block Buster’s best seller list. Nightingale said that now that Hulmni is a world class writer with money and great reviews pouring in, publishers who previously turned her down are now seeking after her. He said, “Never give up on something you know is good. Stay with it and if someone else won’t work with you on the project, do it yourself.”
This is great advice for us all. Sometimes we allow the thoughts and opinions of others to cause us to give up. We become discouraged when others don’t support or buy into our dreams but if we truly believe in the dream, we will eventually achieve it. God does not give us the vision without making the provision. Sometimes it may very well take a long time and a lot of sacrifice.
Every invention, every great accomplishment made, began with a dream. A dream is like a seed planted in one’s mind that needs nourishment to grow and become the plant or fruit which it is intended to be.
Once we have a dream, something that we are really passionate about, we must believe within ourselves that we can achieve that dream. The mind is such a powerful thing, if we think and believe in our minds that we will fail, then we possibly will, the same goes for if we think and believe that we will succeed then we possibly will. Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “As a man thinketh so is he.”
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” If you truly believe that you can achieve your dreams, you will then work hard to ensure that you do. You will continue to nurture that seed, allowing obstacles and failures to be stepping stones to get you closer to that dream, never giving up until you achieve that dream! I read somewhere once that “Dreams become miracles when we believe.”
What is it that you have always wanted to do or become; that dream that you have allowed to lay dormant within you; that dream that you may have given up on but still find yourself thinking of so often?
I encourage you to gain a new excitement for your dream, renew your commitment for achieving your dream and remember, like Keri Hulmni, you too can achieve your dream no matter how long it takes. Someone once said that the richest places in the world are cemeteries because of the many dreams buried in them. Do not allow your dream to be buried. Rekindle you passion for fulfilling your dream in 2017.
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Published Thursday, January 12, 2017