Daily Blog #347
I think it’s safe to say that I am a bit of a dreamer. If you haven’t caught onto this, well, then there you go.
Hours of my days are spent dreaming of a different reality in my mind, living a life that would give me the utmost freedom that I so desperately crave, and wondering what it would be like to achieve every thought that passes through no matter how big or small it might be.
Now, to go in a little bit of a different direction, did you know that today alone, your mind will think anywhere between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts? Different thoughts to add at that. I don’t know about you, but I find that incredible.
But how many of those 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts are you going to act on? How many of those thoughts are you going to work towards to turn into your reality, and how many will simply remain confined inside the walls of your own mind?
If you are as much of a dreamer as I am, odds are that the vast majority of these thoughts will never be acted upon. And one of the main reasons why these thoughts will simply stay thoughts is because I don’t know how. I don’t know how to make these dreams into a reality, and I don’t know where to start in pursuing them. Sounds familiar, right?
After enough time dreaming, and after enough opportunity wasted, I realized something incredibly important. I realized that if you don’t know how to achieve something or where to start, then there is only one way to find out. What might that way be? By acting. If you don’t know how to achieve your dreams and if you don’t know where to start, the only way that you will ever know if by giving yourself the opportunity to succeed, the opportunity to fail, and the opportunity to learn from your mistakes.
Honestly, I wish that I would have realized this so much sooner in my life. I can’t even begin to count the number of dreams that I gave up on and the number of opportunities that I passed on all because I told myself that I didn’t know how. But the truth is, I never even gave myself the change to find out. I had drawn up a conclusion in my mind and determined that conclusion, that uncertain conclusion, was enough for me not to pursue a thought.
I don’t want to say that it is pathetic, but it kind of is. How could I determine that I wasn’t capable of achieving something if I never gave myself the opportunity to achieve it? It’s like Wayne Gretzky always said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
Today I want you to do yourself a favor. Act on just one more of those thoughts that pass through your mind. If you don’t know how to do something, act on that something and give yourself the chance to find out. Don’t do it for me or for anybody else around you. Do it for yourself. Give yourself the opportunity to fail, give yourself the opportunity to learn, and most importantly, give yourself the opportunity to succeed.
Fair warning, you are probably going to fail more than once. In fact, I can guarantee it. But remember that failing isn’t a bad thing, it only means that you are learning. If you aren’t willing to fail, then you aren’t willing to succeed either. And you are meant to succeed. You are meant to achieve each and every single one of your wildest thoughts, just as long as you are willing to give yourself the opportunity to do so.
We can try to draw up conclusions in our mind for how we think certain events in our life are going to play out all we want to. But as long as we keep assuming we know the answer instead of acting on the thoughts that pass through our minds, we are never going to know what the result will actually be. We will not know what could have been, and we will not know what we are truly capable of achieving.
So take a risk on yourself. Give yourself the opportunity to fail, because when you do so, you are also giving yourself the opportunity to succeed. If you don’t know how to do something, remember that there’s only one way to find out, and that’s to do it.
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