Last week I started out with The Courage to Dream in which I introduced the following quote from Sidney A. Friedman:

“You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.”

Sidney A. Friedman

In the second article of this series I discussed Taking Hold of Your Birthright as a powerful creative being. The third article considered Why You Need Courage to Dream. Today as the fourth installment of this article series we will consider why you need the courage to keep on dreaming.

“Your greatest regrets in life won’t be the mistakes you made; they’ll be the opportunities you let slip through your fingers by failing to act.”

Sometime ago I realized something very obvious. I realized that if you give up on your dream, be it to own your own business, to sail around the world, climb a mountain, or attend a meditation retreat, whatever it is, if you give up on it your failure rate is 100 percent. No matter what, if you stop acting out a plan and stop moving towards your dreams then you simply will not achieve them, 100 percent of the time.

There will always be roadblocks to achieving your dreams. If you give up at the first sign of difficulty then I don’t think what you were trying to do was really a dream. You see dreams fire us up. They motivate us and keep us going when thing go wrong. And you can be certain things will go wrong. At some point things will go very wrong. Possibly even before you get out of the starting blocks.

The roadblocks are there to keep out those who don’t want it bad enough. If you hit a roadblock and give up then chances are you were not following your dreams. Chances are you were just doing what social and media conditioning has told you to do. Most people think they want to be wealthy and yet most people are not wealthy. Why? It takes a lot of hard work and persistence in the face of adversity to become and then remain wealthy.

“The first step on your path of personal growth must be to recognize that your life as it stands right now isn’t how you want it to be.”

– Steve Pavlina

As powerful conscious beings we are capable of achieving anything. If we both believe we can and want it enough. The key is persistence. Persistence equals success! And if you’re following your dreams that you have discovered for yourself you will feel that you have no other choice but to persist!

Whatever the roadblocks that stands in the way of your dreams you will discover creative ways in which to overcome them. If you can’t do it alone through your sheer passion you will recruit others who can help your cause. Failure is not an option. Nor is giving up simply because it’s going to take too long. If you do that then again you were never following your dreams to begin with. You were just trying to do something that sounded like a good idea. That is not a dream. It’s a passing fancy.

To succeed you must overcome adversity and opposition. To do that requires persistence. Only true tenacious persistence comes from the energizing feeling of following your dreams.

Up next we will turn to the second part of the quote from Sidney A. Friedman, which I’m using as a formula for achievement. That is: the intelligence to make a realistic plan.

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