I’ve learned this, at least, by my experiment, that if one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to live the life that they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours. – Henry David Thoreau.
The above represents a formula for success that was brought to my attention by my mentor, Paul Martinelli. Let’s review…
Do you have a dream? Have you allowed yourself to dream? Can you articulate it?
“What do you want; what do you really, really want?” – Scott Fay
In my early Amway days we were encouraged to spend time dream-building. To court your dreams and figure out what it is you really want. We would test drive our dream cars and walk through many homes, recreational vehicles, and boats, trying to figure out what our dream looks, feels and smells like. We thought about how paying off our mortgage and being debt free would affect us and where we would travel to if money were not an object. We contemplated, What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Dream-building helps you to figure out what you want in life; what you really, really want. Do you know what you want? Taking the time to do this is vital. And most adults do not do this.
Once you know your dream then it’s time to step out in action. Step out in faith. Believe in yourself and take the next step. This starts with a plan for achieving the goal and then taking action on the plan. The key is to not spend too much time on the plan. Come up with the outline and start taking action. Don’t wait for the right time or to have all the answers. Start moving in the direction of your dreams. Advance confidently in the direction of your dream. Start. Move. Advance. Just do it.
Endeavor to live the life you have imagined – This implies failing. This is a place that held me up for a while and holds most people up. It stems from our fear of failure. But looking back at my failures I realize that it is through failing (and I’ve made some big ones) that I have learned what works and what doesn’t work.
Recently, at the International Maxwell Certification, John Maxwell shared a formula that he also learned from Paul, which is fitting for this section:
As you endeavor to live the life you have imagined. You do what you think is the best thing to do. – You test. You fail and learn form your failure. You improve and then re-enter. And you do this with the next step and the next and the next… its a cycle.
Always with the dream in mind. Always keeping the life you have imagined in the forefront of your mind. Clothe yourself in your dream. And endeavoring to live that life. You test, fail, learn, improve and re-enter.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
You will meet with success unexpected in common hours. It will be better than you think and happens as you work your way through this process.
There you have it, the formula for success.
We’ve already done this to achieve success in our lives but somehow we got away from it or we don’t see it for what it is.
When we were toddlers learning to walk and youngsters learning to ride a bike, we had the desire to achieve, we saw ourselves achieving it and we took the first step.
We took the first step and we fell. – We tested, we learned from the fall, we improved, we got back up and applied the new learning and endeavored to walk or ride again.
We had doubts I’m sure, but we had more faith in our ability to walk than we did in our doubts and we got help from our parents and/or loved ones and saw examples of others walking and/or riding (it is vitally important to be a part of a community of people doing or attempting to do what it is we want to do) and we kept moving towards the goal of walking or of riding.
We had to get better. We had to learn the technique and the skill set. But we did it! And we have the capacity to conquer all of our dreams! And we celebrated success. I still remember the day my daughter learned to ride a bike. She was doing victory circles on her bike screaming and yelling as tears were streaming down my face. We did it!
As adults, this is a reminder that the same formula is available to us…
… if one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to live the life that they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours…