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When You Start to Pursue Your Dreams, These 13 Things Will Happen

When You Start to Pursue Your Dreams, These 13 Things Will Happen

If you’ve ever considered making a living doing something besides working 40 hours a week making someone else rich, this article is for you.

“The only true success that exists is when we find a way to make a living doing exactly what we want. When you wake up every morning and create your day exactly how you dream it to be, that is success. When your passion and your work are aligned, when you would do your job for free because you like it so much, that is success.” ~ Eric Dubay

1. You’ll step out of your comfort zone. Way out.

And then you’ll find out that comfort is overrated, anyway.

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2. You’ll get scared.

And then you’ll survive, and it will be impossible for the same things to ever scare you as much again.

3. Sometimes you’ll be uncertain.

When you’re uncertain, you can do one of two things:

  1. Stop and wait for inspiration to lead you to the next logical step, or
  2. Take a leap of faith and act, knowing that, even if you make a bad choice, you’ll survive and probably learn a heck of a lot in the process.

4. You’ll be tempted to bail out for something more secure. And you’ll get over it.

Job security is a myth. “Regardless of pension promises or signed contracts, the real fact of the matter is there is no ‘job security’ in working for someone else.  If at any time for any reason the boss has a problem with you, the market goes south, your contract’s over, the clientele fades, the account goes red, or the business goes belly-up, then you’re high and dry on your way to becoming an unemployment statistic.” ~ Eric Dubay

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5. You will doubt your sanity.

Yep. And so will most other people. But think about it: what has “sanity” has gotten them? What did “sanity” get you?

6. You won’t be able to please everyone.

There will be folks who are uncomfortable with what you are doing, and unfortunately, some of them will be people you care about. It’s okay; just keep your mouth shut and pursue your dreams without their approval. Pretty soon, you’re going to start noticing new people coming into your life whose hearts sing on your behalf.

7. You’ll learn just how brilliant and resourceful you really are.

And when you know that you can stand on your own two feet without any help—man, that feels great!

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8. You’ll realize how much you have to offer.

No more crawling around on your knees begging for what you need because you feel like you have nothing.

9. You’ll start meeting other people who chose to pursue their dreams, too.

There are lots of cool people out here on the ragged edge. This is where the creators are. This is where the children are. This is where the visionaries are. This is where the John Lennons, the Ghandis, the Oprahs, the Steve Jobs, the Bill Gates, the Nelson Mandelas, the Tony Robbins, and the Abraham Lincolns hang out. You’re in good company!

10. You’ll learn how to be patient.

You’ll learn that the best clients, the best gigs, the best customers are all worth waiting for, even if it means eating Ramen noodles and couch surfing for a year.

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11. You’ll learn to trust that your basic needs will always be met.

You survived your childhood in spite of all the stupid stunts you pulled. The universe isn’t going to let you die just like that.

12. You will discover the true meaning of faith.

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.” ~Hebrews 11:1.

“Assurance!” “Conviction!” This means that your dreams are already here, even though you can’t see them, smell them, touch them, or taste them yet.

13. You’ll wonder why you waited so long.

You’ll find yourself bouncing out of bed in the morning, eager to get started on your list for the day. You’ll have a burning desire to contribute to the world, to uplift everyone on the planet through what you do, because you love it so much. And even though sometimes it’s rough, it’s so much better than being a wage slave, you’ll never want to go back.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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