Archive | August 2012

Dreams to Reality

 

When I read the words from this inspiring picture I knew it would be something worth sharing. However, I had difficulty writing this entry. I thought at first I’d write it about imagination, but for some reason it didn’t strike a chord with me. I felt lost. And then it finally came to me; I was going to write about how your imagined dreams can become an achievable reality.

Dreams are dreams. They have no more substance than just the dreams that they are. It is up to you to make those dreams a reality, but to have the dream you must be able to truly imagine it. You must imagine that the dream is real and not just a dream.

So here are steps to make your dream into a reality:

1)      Imagine your dream every day.

2)      Share your dream with others.

3)      Act on your dream.

The first step is the build the mental foundation of making your dream a reality. By thinking about it on a daily basis you are conditioning yourself to focus on the dream. This may not seem like a tough chore, but without the proper mental foundation your dream will just remain a dream.

The second step is to share your dream with others. Not only will this help you focus on your dream, but it will allow for others to potentially help you out with achieving this dream. Now you may not need help if your dream is a small one, but the larger your dream is the more help you will need to see your dream become a reality. So don’t be afraid. This is your dream and you should be excited to share it with others.

The last step is to act on your dream. Talking and thinking about your dream is not going to make any of it a reality. No matter what path you take a dream takes work to become a reality. So don’t worry about the how’s and just worry about doing. You are bound to make mistakes, but as long you are doing you will eventually make your dream into a reality.

So if you have a dream don’t just let it stay a dream. Imagine it being real. And then make it happen.

Why We All Need Friends

Having friends are important. Some of you may not think so much about this, but it is the truth. We all need great friends in life, because without them we will never be successful in life.

You’re all probably wondering why I am making such a wild statement. Is it really such a wild statement though? For a long time I have observed many wealthy and successful people in life. I wanted to know their secret. Why were they so awesome? How did they become the success they are today? There are so many questions to ask and just as many answers for each question. However, a major part of that success can be attributed to the friends those individuals have.

Have you ever noticed how many people are behind a successful person? They have a whole team working to help make them a success. Now not all of these people are going to be their friends, but usually these successful individuals got their start from the support of their friends. And this is why it is important to build that network of friends at an early age.

So the next time you are free to help someone go help them and along the way make friends. There is obviously more to just having good friends to help you become a success, but friendship nonetheless is an important aspect to the formula of success. Now go out there and make a friend today. And take that step to being the success you were meant to be.

You Are Special Too

Today I would like to talk a bit about being happy that you are you. I think self acceptance is a very difficult thing for many of us to truly grasp. I know that even to this day I have trouble truly accepting myself for being who I am. From a young age I never felt like I was good enough for anyone. This was only compounded by my low self esteem and constant rejection from the girls I had tried to get to date me during my youth. Even with my most recent relationship it was difficult to try and overcome this feeling of not being enough. However, today when I was wasting time on facebook I saw a picture. And this was the picture I saw:

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When I had first looked at the picture I had felt sorry for that person, but after looking at it longer you can feel from the picture that the person was genuinely happy. How could he be so happy? And then it came to me that I cared too much about what others thought.

I believe many of us are plagued with the idea that we have to fit a certain image to be acceptable to everyone including ourselves, but such a path will only lead to a life that is filled with disappointment and pain. I know this quite well because that is the kind of life I have been leading for the past several years.

As someone that has led this kind of life I would like to wish that no one falls down this path. Even though I know it is wishful thinking that these words will have much impact I can still hope as I work on learning to be happy with being who I am. So if you’re ever wishing that you were somebody else or that you aren’t worth anything stop. Stop and think about the picture with that boy who is happy with who he is. And hopefully you will realize that you’re just as good as anyone else.

Just Laugh

Life is full of misery and pain, but despite all that there is always hope. However, sometimes it is hard to see that hope; especially if it takes a while for anything positive to occur. I know my own life is not how I want it to be. So I think that it is best during such times to be able to laugh.

There has been a lot of research about the health benefits of laughter. From personal experience I would have to agree that genuine laughter is a great natural remedy to a lot of life’s problems. And as my father once told me, “If you can’t laugh, then you know you’re in deep shit.”

So the next time you’re feeling down find a great friend and do something fun and funny together. It may not completely lessen the hardship you are going through, but you’ll be feeling a lot better than when you started.

Learning to Start Small

Originally I was planning on posting something else. However, as time went things came up and though the topic of that post fit well with what I was and am going through right now I just couldn’t get myself to write about it. When I think about it, it feels rather odd, because there is so much that I know I could write for it, but at the same time I just can’t seem to write for it. So for now I figured I would start with simple posts and gradually work toward the habit of writing more elaborate posts in the future. So here is to the start of that process:

“Learn to crawl and you shall eventually be able to run.”

 

~Naoki

Stepping Toward Freedom

Right now I am working on a process to free myself. The idea of freedom is like an illusion. When we think we have it in our grasp it just seems to slip right through. I felt particularly moved when writing this piece because it came to my attention how little freedom I had in my own life. So I decided to make a little list of what may hopefully lead me down a path of personal freedom.

Being content

Being content is probably the hardest thing for most people to do. I know that the act of being content on a constant basis for me is quite difficult. However, I am sure it is one of the most critical parts toward being free. To be content is to have happiness. So be content.

Ignore the petty things in life

Ignoring the petty things in life can be difficult depending on your personality. I know I can ignore most things. However, I do tend to have a harder time being able to ignore the things that are uttered by the ones whom I care for the most.

Being constructive

If you’re being constructive, then you’re most likely to busy to get upset with that which is petty. Plus, being constructive is a great way to focus on other things that are positive.

Having goals in life that you are going to stick to

I think this is just as hard as being content. I know most of us have made goals and what not to get things done, but most of the time this never happens. It’s just like how most of us make a new year’s resolution to try and do something constructive with our lives, but once more this seems to rarely come to reality. So make sure to have goals you know you are truly willing to follow. I know this one works well from my current application of this bullet point.

I am still far from reaching what I can honestly say is personal freedom for myself, but I believe I am on the right track. Until next time take care and thank you all for your support.