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Life Lessons

Never Give Up on Your Dreams

April 20, 2016

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Most of us are in need of a chance! A chance to prove our worth and show the world what we are capable of. A chance to turn our dreams into reality. Over the years, I have held various conversations with close friends and we have discussed our aspirations for the future along with the hardships we have endured in our attempts to achieve our goals.


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Whatever it has been, one thing has remained apparent – that achieving anything in life is never as straightforward as many people may think, hope for or wish.

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With it comes struggle, rejection, tears, loss of hope and so forth. Even the most successful people in the world have had their fair share of doors slammed in their face before they reached    >

spacean aspired level of stardom in their careers or business ventures. If you are currently going through your own journey and can relate to this reality, then the most tempting thing to do right now might be to throw in the towel and give up.

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But, if you want your dream to turn into a reality as much as you originally thought you did, then fighting on should come as second nature to you.

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Below are some things to keep in mind when you feel like you simply cannot go on in your pursuit of making your dream a reality. Featured Img : @Shinebythree

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1. TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS ARE THE BEST TEACHERS IN LIFE 


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Have you noticed how individuals of a mature age deal with problems? Only in rare circumstances do you see them break down and get overwhelmed by a difficult situation?

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Why? well, because they have seen and experienced more pain than any of us have. Nothing shocks them as much anymore because through every hardship they have experienced in life, they have gained an emotional intelligence and strength that is unbreakable.>

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So it may not seem like it, at this present time, but whatever you are going through right now, you will look back on, in a few years and understand the true purpose of it in your life.

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The trick is to learn the lesson it teaches you and get wiser from it by not to making the same mistakes in future.

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Remember that making a mistake once will cost you, but making it twice will cost you a lot more than you are willing to pay for.

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A  Simple Note To Self

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Never miss any lesson life is trying to teach you by capturing the events down in your journal. Time is valuable and once you let go of that moment, you can never get it back. Each day, write down your experiences – good and bad.

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And every month, allocate a day to go through your journal and aim to gain insight into your patterns, tendencies or habits that your may never have been aware of before.

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This can help you recognise what improvements need making, what feedback you can implement, any missing gaps in your knowledge and what you can do to fill them.

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Or what you can learn from your last success so that you can repeat it again.>space

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What are your Insights? 

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What has been the biggest lesson you have learnt from your trials & tribulations? Can you share any tips that might help someone going through a similar issue?

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We can only learn from the past through reflection. Below is a recommended article on the importance of reflecting on your success and failure.

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1. The Importance of Reflection

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2. THIS TOO SHALL PASS


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My mother’s favourite phrase but one that carries so much truth. Whatever, you may be going through right now, whether it’s working around the clock to get your business off the ground or doing night school to increase your career prospects.

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Keep at it and don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed by it. You will eventually get to the end of the road and a new chapter will present itself. Don’t quit based on how hard things may seem right now. Carry on until you attain the goal that you set out to get. spacespace

A  Simple Note To Self

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Think of your life’s events as seasons and the analogy ‘this too shall pass’ will make sense. You may be going through some challenging times right now and this may constitute as your ‘winter.’ However, what do people do in the winter?

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They survive and do everything they can do to get through it until spring comes.

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spaceWhile eliminating some of your current problems in the process. So for example, your personal ‘winter’, might be the lack of investment to keep your business afloat.

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However, rather than working to complete your business plan to the highest standards, you spend most of your time doing more enjoyable tasks that have little relevance to resolving the issue – such as allocating 3 hours a day to your twitter feed.

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Can you see how this simple habit can prolong your current ‘winter’? If so, what can you start doing about it, so that your season can change?

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What are your Insights? 

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What is the one thing you are doing, that is contributing to the current season you are in? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you.
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Reflecting on your personal winters and spring/summers might provide some clues into your future success. Below is a recommended article on the importance of reflection.

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1.The Importance of Reflection

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3. COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS IS AT BEST A WASTE OF TIME


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My lovely grandmother was never short on wisdom. She once told me that, everyone has their own life path and we are all unique in the manner we get things done. “Just because someone has something you desire does not make them any more important than you or immune to their own life struggles.”

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spaceThis great lesson has helped me put things into perspective over the years. It has lead me to the understanding that, it is not about what other people have or what you don’t have.

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It is about YOU and YOUR determination to utilise what YOU have inside of you, in order to attain YOUR OWN GOALS. Comparing your situation to anyone else’s is completely pointless and at best a waste of time.>

spaceIn most cases,  it will simply make you feel inferior in comparison to your peers and can knock your confidence in the process.

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It is therefore extremely important to focus on what you can do, what skills you have and analyse what areas need improving to better yourself. Stay focused and keep your eye on  your own vision as this is ultimately more valuable than comparing yourself to other people’s dreams.


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It is true that we are living in a world full of information with access to people’s lives on social media. Just look at Instagram and Youtube.

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But unless you are using what you are reading or watching for inspiration in your own life, then you are better off pinning your eyes on your own goals and being your very best at that. You are unique and only you can do what you do.>

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Have you ever spent time on social media scrolling through everyone’s account and wishing you had their life or hoping you could match what they do? Maybe you are good at just focusing on you. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you.

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Below is a recommended article, that talks about the importance of having your own definition of success & failure.

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4. KNOCK UNTIL SOMEONE ANSWER


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A lovely friend of mine once shared a story about how different people promised her various opportunities during her job search. But nothing really materialised out of them as they all turned out to be empty promises. Naturally, this was extremely frustrating on her part.

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I could sense the extent of her frustration through her voice and the level of irritation  she has endured as she shared her experiences. Yet the one main thing I distinctly remember was the determination she had to stand strong and continue pushing through.

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Despite the disappointments, she encountered she was adamant to never quit. To her, it was as simple as saying  ‘I don’t care how many people say no to me. One day someone will give me a chance and I will prove the greatness I have in me.’ She used her knock backs, not as defeats but as opportunities to learn.>

what she needed to, in order to improve her chances of landing that dream job she had set her sights on. Every time she got a ‘no,’ she went back to the drawing board. Analysed the feedback, refined her skills and put them into practice to keep moving forward.

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Instead of retreating into a cocoon, she fought through the pain, setbacks and knockbacks until she attained the goal she set out to gain. In the end, she was able to land her dream job but this did not come without its own trials and tribulations.

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Now I am not assuming that your story is similar. You might be in a much worse off situation than any anybody can ever image. But the principle still applies no matter who you may be.

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A  Simple Note To Self

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How do you keep pursuing your dream when you feel rejected,  tired and have no more fight in you? Well, there is no perfect formula, however, a simple action, such as the one below, normally helps:

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  1. Revisit the vision of what your dream would look like if it were to come true and remind yourself of the reasons you want it to come true. This will keep you inspired and focused during any struggles you encounter.space
  2. Aim to gain clarity of the obstacle you face and understand the full extent of the problem before searching for ways to resolve it.space
  3. Now break it down into small, tiny, little parts and in order of high priority. Sometimes the magnitude of a problem can drive us into fear and as a result, we crumble and give up.  space
  4. For each part, draft a step by step strategy with a course of action on how you plan to resolve it. You might need to have a conversation with someone that has experience on the subject matter. Put that in your plan and tick it off when it’s done. space
  5. Make a decision to see the plan through until execution is complete.

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How do you deal with hurdles and tough challenges on your journey to achieving a goal? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below. We would love to hear from you.

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Below are recommended articles, on why you should never allow failure or fear to be the reason you give up on your dreams.

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1.3 Steps To Stop Failure From Defining You

2.Is Fear Holding You Back From Living your Dream?


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