Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. – Greg Anderson
We get bombarded by blogs, news articles, motivational speakers and successful people about why you should follow your dreams. ‘You have to follow your dreams otherwise you will regret it for the rest of your life’ or ‘you have this one opportunity, this one life, to make your dreams come true’ are just a few of the many reasons that they use to support their claims to follow your dreams. I believe in the fact that following your passions and dreams makes your life fulfilling and incredibly happy.
However, I feel like people nowadays just think that if they have an idea, and they fail multiple times, but still persist, they’ll eventually succeed. Because that’s the core-element of what most success stories are about, right? However, that’s only 1% of the story. I’ve experienced myself that you will learn much more than just the part about never giving up and consistency when you decide to follow your dreams.
A necessity when you decide to follow your dreams is to have real people around you who support your decision 100%. You can’t build on people who are only there for you when they have the time to support you. It’ll be much easier for you to see through people’s intentions, since you don’t have time to play around. This means that you’ll lose some ‘friends’, but the real ones will stay. Don’t be surprised when your big network of friends reduces to only a couple of friends. Your circle of friends may have gotten smaller, but it increased in value.
There will be no more room for not doing anything when you don’t ‘feel like it’. This doesn’t mean that you should work like there is no tomorrow or have to wake up every day at 6 a.m. Instead you should start to think about how you can use your time more wisely and efficiently. You’ll learn how to separate the ‘noise’ from your goals. It will make you a lot more focused and it will reduce the amount of procrastinating and wasting your time on useless things. You’ll start to become a real go-getter.
When you decide to follow your passions you’re often excited, because you finally took the first step. Once you’re past the excitement, your ‘true interest’ will take over. This will determine if you’re really that passionate about your goals. Sometimes when we follow our passion we stumble upon another interest of ours, one that might be even more intriguing and interesting than the one you’re pursuing. This doesn’t mean that your other interest isn’t your passion anymore; it just means that you have more than one passion in life which is actually a great ‘problem’ too have. You now just have to spend some time on both of your passions and trying to find out in which passion you really want to pursue a career in.
When you decide to follow your dreams, you’re taking a courageous risk. Not only are you doing something divergent from society’s norm and risk to be judged and laughed at when you fail, but you also dare to take the responsibility that comes along with it. Also, in many cases when you decide to follow your dreams you don’t even have the necessary skills or habits to begin with. So you need to find a way to acquire all the skills/habits you need to make it a success. This requires of you a great deal of discipline and determination. Along the way you’ll find out that things don’t always go as planned. You make the same mistakes a couple of times, before you actually learn from it. It’s how you deal with these situations that determine whether your journey will be a success or not.
The things that have the most value in life always require the most effort and time. There is no exception to this rule. Following your dreams will not only re-confirm this fact since accomplishing your dreams won’t happen overnight, but it also will make you more aware of it. You can use that attitude and apply it on other areas of your life. For example, if you want to improve the quality of a relationship with a person you cherish then you’ve got to put in more time and effort into that relationship. The more effort you put in, the better the results will get.
All the lessons equally contribute to achieving your dreams. There isn’t one that’s the most important and there also isn’t one that is the least important. Along the way you’ll find out a lot about yourself. It’s even fair to say that the journey is more important than your end destination. If you don’t cherish what you’ll learn and what you’ll find out about yourself then following your dreams still won’t make you feel fulfilled. Remember, the excitement and happiness is found in following your dreams, not in the achievement of itself.
What have you learned while you were following your dreams?