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11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams

11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams

Everyone always says, “Follow your dreams!” But not everyone does it.

Life interjects, bills pile up, and sometimes we have to do jobs we don’t want to do just to make it through the day. However, there are a number of reasons to follow your dreams, to break the trend, and to live the life you’ve always wanted. Why follow your dreams? Here’s what pursuing your dreams does:

1. They make life worth living.

Your dreams are what can get you through even the worst days. If you are struggling, your dreams are your reason to keep going.

They are why you wake up in the morning and try again. They are what makes your entire life worth living.

Without our dreams, we are nothing.

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    2. You’ll meet other dream seekers.

    When you are motivated and excited about pursuing your dreams, you’ll attract other people who have the same values and interests.

    The more you surround yourself with high achievers, the further you’ll go. Then, when times get tough, and it’s hard to keep going, your friends will motivate you to continue achieving.

    3. You can be an inspiration to others.

    If you decide to go and pursue your dreams, you will give hope to others who want to do the same.

    You can serve as their example and their reason why they should give it a try. You can help them, coach them, and encourage them to keep going.

      4. You can provide for your family.

      When you are this motivated, it’s very hard to fail.

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      If you are very set on your dreams, and you make sure that you can make an income along the way, you’ll be able to provide for your family.

      Some dreams take longer than others to achieve, but that’s what makes the end goal so worth it.

      5. Working in a job you hate makes the days go slowly.

      Why should you work in a job you hate? You’ll count the clock, you won’t do as well, and you’ll dread waking up in the morning.

      Instead, pursue your dreams! Get excited about your day, and enjoy the process of doing what you love.

      6. Because no one is going to follow them for you.

      Let’s face it: no one else is going to pursue your dreams for you.

      Everyone has their own dreams and their own goals for what they want to achieve in life. If you don’t go for it, no one else will.

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      7. So that you can finally be happy.

      Life without dreams is depressing. Nancy’s story is a proof.

      Search far and wide for yours, and make a promise to yourself that you will start pursuing them.

      Once you get on the path towards your goal, you will notice a distinct change in how you feel.

        8. To prove them wrong.

        All of us have been around people who told us our dreams weren’t possible. Let that add fuel to your fire.

        Think about all the people who said it would never happen, and go out and prove them wrong.

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        9. It will make your parents proud.

        Sometimes parents don’t always understand our dreams or they try to sway us towards a particular one.

        However, if you are adamant about your dreams, and you work hard to achieve them, your parents have no reason not to be proud of you.

        10. It will make YOU proud.

        Even better than making your parents proud, you will be proud of yourself!

        Your confidence will rise, and you’ll enjoy the excitement and the adrenaline that comes with doing something you’ve always wanted to do.

        11. You only live once.

        Life is short. Our days are numbered, so why spend them doing something we don’t love? It’s time to make a decision to go for it.

        Dream big. Focus on your dreams. Make your dreams happen.

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        Last Updated on August 6, 2020

        6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

        6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

        We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

        “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

        Are we speaking the same language?

        My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

        When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

        Am I being lazy?

        When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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        Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

        Early in the relationship:

        “Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

        When the relationship is established:

        “Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

        It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

        Have I actually got anything to say?

        When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

        A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

        When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

        Am I painting an accurate picture?

        One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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        How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

        Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

        What words am I using?

        It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

        Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

        Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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        Is the map really the territory?

        Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

        A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

        I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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