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How to Make Your Hopes and Dreams Come True

There are thousands of reasons to think we have to give up on a dream. But there is still a way.

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Dreams rise out of the human spirit and imagination to meet a personal authentic need. Our dreams give us purpose and spiritual fulfillment to think the unthinkable and do the impossible.

Human progress has benefited greatly from ordinary people who dared to dream and be different. Yet many of us have shattered, deferred, abandoned and unfulfilled dreams—and we mistakenly believe that we are not capable, worthy or destined to live them out. We may think that we lack the resources, education and talent to follow through. This is when dreams can die.

Author and speaker Les Brown writes, “The graveyard is the richest place on earth because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”

We have thousands of reasons for not living out our dreams, many of them real. But in the end, letting those dreams die only leads to regret.

I recently heard about a mother who was 28 years old when her husband walked out and never came back. She had five children ranging from ten to two years old. On that day she made herself a promise that her present condition would not determine her life, that one day she would travel the world. 

She took a can and began saving a dollar a day. With each day, difficult as it was, she deposited a dollar in that can, hidden in a closet. Once a can was filled with dollar bills, she got another one. For years the struggling mom saved until the youngest child graduated from high school. When all the children were out of the house, she took the money and bought herself a ticket on a ship and began sailing the world.

Ask yourself today, what dream big or small do I want to achieve? Start living it out, taking small steps. Your situation and circumstances may be unfavorable, but with consistent effort and determination, you can realize your dream.

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