A fortnight ago, I was following-up with a small group on the progress of their dreams – goals, aspirations, or the things they plan to achieve within the next three to five years. Except for two, everyone seems to be progressing well with their dreams.
“Why am I not achieving my dreams?” George asked. While Henry was seen nodding his head in agreement.
Basically, when we decide to pursue a dream, it means that we are committed to work on it. We are ready to invest at least some of our time and effort to work on that dream until it become a reality one day. So after obtaining more input and clarification from the two, I shared the following ………………………
Ben and Jim after due diligence, decide to invest their entire savings into a fund with a target of achieving a reasonable return of their investment after five years. After six months into their investment, both watched the market taking a sharp and drastic fall, then remained under for many, many weeks.
Like what most people would have done under such circumstances, Ben and Jim reacted with panic especially when they saw how other markets react from one negative event to another. Ben was uncomfortable and sought the opinion of those around him and finally decide to sell off his investment immediately to cut off any further potential loss.
Jim on the other hand, after having many sleepless nights and severe pressure from his loved ones, finally gathered them and said, “I had done my due diligence. I decide to stick with my investment with the expectation of a reasonable return of my investment intact. No jitters is going to frighten me.”
After a long period of ups and downs, the market finally found its balance and was back to normal. Then posting hefty gains once again. After a while, Jim saw the opportunity to cash out when his investment finally gave him his expected returns. And he laughed all the way to the bank.
I believe when it comes to realizing our dreams, it is very much the same as any investment we make. Those who are focused and disciplined will most likely see their dreams realized eventually. While those who are too sensitive to the criticism, negative feedback or opinions of others, or when faced with temporary setbacks or minor bumps, are so ready to drop their dream and so forth, will consequenty end up like Ben, getting nowhere in life because of his flip flops.
I believe; “Investment Make, Investors Don’t.” Please don’t misunderstand me, investment here means you are willing to invest your time and effort to progressively realize the worthy dreams and goals that you set for yourself. Are you ready to unpack the dreams you packed away, now that you understand why some are not achieving their dreams?
More importantly, are you ready to ask God to rekindle those dreams you have in your heart and mind today? Because the good news I have for you today is, “God wants you to do big things and new things in your life. He want you to be constantly increasing and to rise to new heights in your life.”