If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Henry David Thoreau
The words of wisdom here is that dreams should not be discarded! They should be acted upon. It’s true that many of us have had great ideas pass through our minds and we have discarded them. Sometimes we see other people act on our ideas and make something out of what we ignored. I believe that everyone is equipped with the ability to imagine because it is a necessary tool for growth and success in life. I enjoy watching my boys play around the home. Those boys have an amazing amount of imagination. You can easily hear the older one say, you can’t come in here if you don’t give me $10. The little one will immediately put out an imaginary $10 dollars and the response will be “no, that’s just one dollar, you need to give me 9 more!” to which the younger would respond as he wishes.
Dare to dream!
I know that as we grow older, our experiences, the people around us and the mistakes that we have made, tend to stifle our willingness to dream! I would like to use this medium today to encourage you to revisit some of your buried dreams! See the one you can refresh or rework! These are the things that make life full of joy! Don’t trash your dreams! Put the foundations under them!
Turn your Dreams to Reality
Join me today(oct 2, 2013) for a Webinar on Turning your dreams to Reality – If you are unable to join us for the entire time, simply register and you will receive the replay in your email.
Share some Wisdom
Have you realized some dreams lately? Do you remember some dreams that have been buried? Do you have some more insight into the quote above? Feel free to share, this wisdom community loves to learn!
It amazes me each time I ask people around me if they have written their life goals and I get an answer that sounds more or less like this – “Hmm, I did it a while ago or not really I have not done that”. You may not know how important it is to have a written set of life goals until you do it and begin to use it. In this post I present a few thoughts on why you need to have and write your goals.
What you become when you achieve your goals – When I decided to create a blog about wisdom! I really did not know what it would turn into. All I knew was that I enjoy reading about wisdom, I am constantly seeking to be better at whatever I do, I know how much wisdom I need for my daily job of mentoring people and that there may be people out there who may benefit from some of the things I have learnt over the years and I continue to learn. As soon as I decided to build this blog, I started to learn so many things about blogging, social networks and tools for building websites and more importantly I began to meet many new people who are impacting my live and challenging me. I have become a wiser person since I began to pursue this goal.
When you write your goals – You seem to be more committed to them – I remember writing on the Google doc that contains my life goals that I want to have a website where anyone who wants to learn about wisdom or be inspired to get wiser can find all that they need. Since then I have taken some steps and I continue to take steps. The interesting things is that each day as I read this line on my Life goals document, I feel I am getting a step closer and I am motivated to schedule some time during the day to add to my blog.
When you read your goals – it motivates you – Whenever I read my life goals, I am motivated to get going! I enjoy dreaming big because I know that even if I don’t achieve the goal, I would have become much more than I am now as I work hard to achieve my goals.
Focus – When you read your goals daily it helps to kill all the unnecessary time wasters that want to take your time. There are many things vying for your time. Reading your life goals will help you say NO to those things that are obviously a waste of time. I remember when I stopped spending 3hrs every night watching TV – it was not because I developed some great discipline. It was because I figured that it would be wiser to spend some time learning to make money online than to spend it watching millionaires make money on the screen. Now I watch movies or TV shows when I want which is really not so often. I enjoying working on my blog more than watching TV.
Written Life Goals help you evaluate the value of your short term goals – Many short term goals are given to us by other people around us, by circumstances and by our fears. Recently I visited a website and I found myself thinking of making some changes to my website but when I thought about my goals, I was reminded that although it was a good idea, it does not really help my goal for my website.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Henry David Thoreau
Can you add more to this list? Please share your thoughts I would like to read from you.
It’s not what you look at that matters! it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau
What do you see? Do you see trouble? Other people see opportunity! Do you see people who don’t like you? Others are seeing people who can challenge them and keep them accountable! Do you see a giant who cannot be defeated? Others see a giant who is too big to miss. Wisdom is what makes us see what most people would not see. Looking at the right stuff is not enough! Attending the right seminars is not enough! What do you see? This is really where wisdom come into the picture.
Here is a TED talk by Juwon Melvin. In it he shares how he looked on the streets of Morocco and instead of seeing just poor children begging for food. He saw an opportunity to make a difference. When he started his business to help these children he had a major setback but instead of seeing failure he saw another way of doing things. Today things are working much better and he is making a difference!
What are you seeing? Wherever you are you can see either an opportunity or a problem. You may see a limitation or challenge. Choose to see what wise people see. Begin by choosing to see a positive attribute in the people around you. As you look around you today, try to make a note of opportunities of making a difference. Soon, it will become natural for you to see opportunities where others see obstacles. Really, its not what you look at that matters, its what you see.