The Formula To Make Your Dreams Real

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The Mindset of Success

Staying motivated, staying happy and becoming successful are all trending topics in society; as they should be. There’s no getting around it. In in my own life, as well in the lives of all the people, families and children I work with – there seem to be 4 major and non-negotatiable  that we MUST have, to make our dreams real.

1. Hope. Faith. Belief. Optimism. A Vision. We must have an unwavering belief that it is possible and that it will work out. Being hopeful is what will separate you from your daily problems or concerns, regardless of how minor or major they may be. Do something everyday that gives you more hope. Do something everyday that gives someone else hope.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”  –Helen Keller

2. Confidence. Courage. Self Image. All play a part in how you see yourself and what you believe you are capable of doing. Have the confidence to say, “I belong here!”, “I deserve this”, “I must do this”. When we are confident our focus is on what needs to be done and not on what the obstacles are. Be brave. See the obstacles and plan accordingly, but don’t ever let the challenges become the focus. You and your ability to achieve and contribute will always be the empowering focal point. Believe. Make it happen.

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” –Eleanor Roosevelt 

3. Patience. Most people quit right before they are about to have a break through or succeed. Most people let go at the first sign of struggle. Most people are only interested in instant results. Your dreams don’t work like that. It’s easy to get caught up on how far we have left to go but it is much more empowering to focus on our progress.  Stay patient. Your dreams are with you for the long haul. Your seeds need time.

Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.” –Soren Kierkegaard 

4. Flexibility. I once heard Tony Robbins say, “Be committed to your result but flexible in your approach.” If one strategy isn’t working, try something else, ask some, do research – learn. Dedicate yourself to an outcome but be flexible in how you get there. In my own personal life this has been true. I have always wanted to become debt free and travel the world – I never knew I would reach those goals by deciding to teach abroad; save money, travel and make a difference.

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.” –Everett Dirksen

What else would you add? Or take away?

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56 responses to “The Formula To Make Your Dreams Real

  1. Mr. Jeff, this is great insight! My name is TJ McCoy, I just graduated highschool, and I enjoyed reading this post. I have always felt that the formula to success was Belief + Hardword + Consistency. I do like your take on it. I think you might enjoy my blog, and since you are someone a little further along in life, I would love to see what you have to think about my writing! Here is a link to my most recent post on The Sickness of Mediocrity.

  2. I am glad you talked about patience. Nothing worth having in life has ever been achieved without hard work and/or opposition. For the rewards of our work and the blessings of God to be received, we must be patient to know they will come when the time is right.

  3. Jeff, great words of wisdom…as usual. Where did you teach when you were abroad? I’ve been considering the same thing!

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  5. Great post! I definitely agree with the hope and confidence ingredients! I think courage and perseverance may be others. My blog is about using music to help you along the twists and turns of life’s journey. Thanks for the words of wisdom and inspiration of this blog!

  6. Great article! I enjoyed it much. To the above-mentioned list I would add Wisdom to choose the right way. 🙂 Thank you for your encouraging post, Jeff!

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  8. Reblogged this on Thoughts by Massy and commented:
    Just because you fail over and over again does not mean you should stop pursuing your dreams, it just means that you should try a different approach towards that dream. Keep working hard towards your dreams because you may accomplish a lot more than you thought you would.

  9. Interesting perspective. I live the opposite way: I seek REALITY FIRST. Truth and Love ( who is God, our creator) will make my dreams come true. I am living proof THIS way works better than to talk myself into something I am not.

      • Our reality is based on nature, science, facts and real life events. There is only ONE truth. There CAN be only one truth, which is synonymous with reality. I wrote a blog about truth a while back:

        REAL truth can not be altered, though we can imagine, dream and pretend, but that is not the FAITH that brings truth about in our lives, nor will it change our circumstances. Most people live in an illusion and the media helps them along to get more involved with their “desires”, selfish ambitions and perceived happiness. Sad, but true ( no pun intended).

      • It was once a scientific fact that the world was flat and anyone who sailed to the edge would fall off – that was proven wrong by sailors of that era – not more ‘facts’. It was once a fact that the earth is the center of the universe and it was once a fact that the earth is only 6,000 years old. Our lives or our reality do not depend on facts, they depend on our actions and our actions depend on our thoughts. People defy limits everyday, literally everyday. Science is being re-writtin as we speak, not by ‘selfish people with perceived happiness’ but by people who dare to take things to a higher level, because they believe past what the eye can see. They know there is more than what has been proven. You raise some great points and I see where you are coming from. Facts are important, indeed. But questioning, curiosity and discovery are much greater and fulfilling parts of life. How we see ourselves will dictate how we see our world – ask anyone who has overcome adversity – ask them how they did it. Our reality is a mirror. And life is much better when we believe in ourselves and believe in others. And that is fact!!!! 🙂 No desire to offend, just speaking my truth!!

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  11. Love your blog! And thank you for liking my post on my blog.
    I once read a book on Conscious Language, about the power of our words. The author identified power phrases. They are: I can , I will, I choose, I create, I am. Whenever I get discouraged, I remember my “power words! “

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