Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams! Work Hard, Dream Big!

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Don’t give up on your dreams, even when it feels like a battle.

Sometimes our dreams feel like such a struggle. We’d like to think because they’re our dreams that everything will just fall into place. You know because it’s what we want it should be easier?  

Well, that just isn’t always the case. In fact, it usually isn’t. Dreams take hard work. I know some people decide to pursue a dream, and it seems like every step falls into place for them, thus confirming that they were on the right path. However, just because it doesn’t fall in to place or come easy, doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong track.  Behind the most successful people are their failures – the difference is they chose not to give up.

One of these people was Thomas Edison. He was told when he was a child that he was too stupid to learn.  And as an inventor, he was no stranger to failure.  He wasn’t afraid of failure, and we shouldn’t be either.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~ Thomas Edison

This article “15 Reasons People Give Up On Their Dreams” hit a lot of the reasons why I felt like giving up on my dreams. My fear of failure, fear of what others thought, and not believing in myself are a few that spoke to me on this list. I wanted to start blogging for about a decade now, but I wasn’t ready to commit and get over my fears and give it a try. Even so, my dreams were there, just bubbling under the surface, waiting for me to have the courage to start them. Then at the beginning of 2018, I decided that this is the year I will make it happen!

And you know what?

It has felt like pulling teeth on a unicycle while going uphill in a blizzard and trying to hold a hot potato in one hand.  

OK, strange word picture, I know. The point is, I feel like, with every step I take, something keeps getting in my way. It is such a struggle that I feel like I am fighting and clawing to hang on to this dream.

Go after your dreams

I often feel like giving up on my dreams. But I am not a quitter, and I know that when I do see it through that, it will be so rewarding to know that I didn’t give up, no matter the setbacks, the roadblocks, or the nagging voice of doubt inside my head.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time…” ~Thomas Edison

So I speak to anyone else out there that may be trying to pursue a dream or a lifelong goal.  Or maybe you’ve just been thinking about it. Don’t give up.

It may feel like everything is fighting against you but just hang in there. It isn’t going to be easy, and it will require hard work, but your dreams are worth it!

 “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” ~Thomas Edison

Even if you only take three steps forward and one back, you’ll have still made two steps of progress. That is what I choose to focus on. My growth feels really, really small, and I often question whether I can make this work.   But, progress is progress.  Last year, I didn’t even have a blog name, I didn’t have a website, and I hadn’t made any steps forward towards this dream.

Celebrating a victory.

So hey, I’m not where I want to be, but I’m not where I was. It’s a journey.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  ~Thomas Edison

So start dreaming again, start doing and start believing in yourself! Don’t give up on your dreams!  They are a part of who you are, and they are beautiful!

 “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison

What dream are you working on?  Maybe you feel like you don’t have a dream, that’s OK too, it’s a good time to start dreaming. I’d also love to hear from those of you who have felt like giving up but didn’t and where you’re at now.

Maybe your dream is to travel, but you don’t know how to get started.  Check out Trip Planning 101, Choosing Your Travel Destination, and How to Book Your Flight & Find the Best Deals!

Happy Dreaming & Happy Planning Everyone!

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  • Leah at Reply

    Oh I can relate to this so much!!!! It’s tiny tiny steps. But it’s also the “compound effect”. At the beginning but seems like nothing and then with consistency, hard work and tiny steps, one day there’s a tipping point… (at least I’m counting on it!!)

    • Charity at Reply

      Thank you for responding! Yes I hope there will be a tipping point! I am still in the tiny steps phase. Seems like a work in progress especially when it comes to juggling my time.

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