Dare To Dream Part II

I believe that dreams are the starting point for all worthwhile achievements. Once you have dared to dream you MUST make yourself pursue that dream. There are many who didn’t and they now live lives of if I could a, would a, should a. Envision yourself achieving your dreams. Through dreams you create vision. Simply put, vision is a desired future state. It describes the growth and achievement we want to enjoy five, ten, twenty years from now. Through vision you are able to create a clear concise mental picture of the future and then embark on what I like to call the stepping stones to your dreams – Goals.

Goal setting is often referred to as the master skill in lifelong success because it is such an important component of successful living. Yet people spend more time planning their vacations than they do planning their lives. As you watch Olympians compete you are impressed by how effortlessly they perform difficult, complex routines. That’s because they have practiced and mastered the fundamentals of their sport. You too need to practice and master the fundamentals of successful living if you are going to enjoy the benefits and rewards of the life you were meant to live.

Remember, as a human being you were designed for success. Your destination is greatness and your goals are the compass that point you in the right direction. They are the road map that guides you though the twists and turns, peaks and valleys, elation and frustration and eventually, to your destiny. They give you purpose and firmly place you in the drivers seat of your life.

Finding your goals
You are uniquely gifted. There is at least one thing that you are good at and enjoy doing. It is what we call talent. Spend some time to find out what your talents are and invest the time to develop them. You may find that you have more than one, and if you don’t develop them, they will never serve you.

Is it athletics, are you a people person, are you good with numbers, are you good with you hands, are you creative? The list goes on. Figure out which is it for you, set a goal and commit to be the best you can be.

Here are a few ideas on goal setting:

1. Be clear about what you want
When you are clear about where you are going and what you want, you are able to assess opportunities and determine which ones are consistent with your objectives and which ones are not.

2. Be bold
Set HUGE goals then create a step by step plan to achieve them. It is impossible to eat an elephant in one gulp, but you could eventually accomplish it with many tiny bites. Write out your plan, prioritize your activities, organize your time and review the plan frequently.

3. Be time conscious
Goals without a time limit are wishful thinking. Deadlines create a sense of urgency by putting positive pressure on you to act consistent in achieving your goals. You’ll not be surprised to learn that people will procrastinate on even their most important goals. Procrastination is not only the thief of time; it is also the thief of dreams. If you are conscious of the time limit for accomplishing a goal it will spur you on to action.

4. Be positive
You must believe that you can and will achieve your goal. If you have the ability to define a goal, you probably have the ability to achieve it. The goals themselves MUST be stated in the positive. Instead of saying “I will no longer be overweight” say “I am enjoying a healthy lifestyle.” Stop saying “I will not eat junk food.” Instead say “I am eating healthy nutritious foods.” The mind thinks in pictures and you can’t create a picture of not doing/being something. If you say “I am not poor” you mind deletes “not” and creates the thought “I am poor.” Remember that you always act consistently with the thoughts and pictures that occupy your mind most of the time.

Know that beyond a shadow of a doubt you have the ability to become that which you aspire to be. When you set goals you set that process in motion, allowing yourself to soar on the wings of your limitless potential and to become the person you are destined to be. Soar on!!

Keep On Pushing!

About the Author
Devon Harris is a member of the original “Cool Runnings” Jamaica Bobsled Team which competed in 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. He has also competed in the 1992 Olympics in Albertville , France and the 1988 Games in Nagano, Japan. He is currently a Motivational Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and Author. Visit his website at http://devonharrislive.com


  • Devon Harris

    Devon Harris was a member of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team and competed in three Winter Olympics; he later joined the army and attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. Born on Christmas Day, 1964 and raised in a violent ghetto environment in Kingston, Jamaica, the greatest gift Devon Harris ever received was the belief that a positive attitude and a never say die philosophy would carry him farther than a sense of injustice and a heart filled with anger.A graduate of the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, Devon received a Queen’s Commission in December 1985 and served in the officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force until December 1992 when he retired as a Captain.At the heart of Devon’s message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one's best life. His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives.Encouraged by his commanding officer, Devon tried out for and was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings. Devon also competed in and was captain of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.The Keep On Pushing Foundation which he founded in 2006 aims to support and enhance the education of kids in disadvantaged communities around the globe by providing practical solutions to the challenges that are preventing them from getting educated.Through the Keep on Pushing Foundation, Devon also works with Right to Play as an athlete ambassador, supporting Right to Play’s efforts in using sports and play in refugee camps around the world to enhance child development and build community capacity.As an ex-serviceman, Devon understands the commitment, sense of duty and sacrifices made by those who volunteer to serve. As a private citizen he is cognizant of the fact that the freedoms he enjoys are paid for by the courage and sacrifice of these men and women. As a result he has also devoted time to visit the troops serving in the Persian Gulf.He is the author of the motivational children’s book, Yes, I Can! and the semi-auto-biographical motivational book Keep On Pushing: Hot Lesson From Cool Runnings.

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