One of my favorite mentors, the late Jim Rohn’s words are on point today.

Achieving Your Dreams by Jim Rohn

While most people spend most of their lives struggling to
earn a living, a much smaller number seem to have everything going their
way. Instead of just earning a living, the smaller group is busily
working at building and enjoying a fortune. Everything just seems to
work out for them. And here sits the much larger group, wondering how
life can be so unfair, so complicated and unjust. What’s the major
difference between the little group with so much and the larger group
with so little?

Despite all of the factors that affect our
lives—like the kind of parents we have, the schools we attended, the
part of the country we grew up in—none has as much potential power for
affecting our futures as our ability to dream.

Dreams are a
projection of the kind of life you want to lead. Dreams can drive you.
Dreams can make you skip over obstacles. When you allow your dreams to
pull you, they unleash a creative force that can overpower any obstacle
in your path. To unleash this power, though, your dreams must be well
defined. A fuzzy future has little pulling power. Well-defined dreams
are not fuzzy. Wishes are fuzzy. To really achieve your dreams, to
really have your future plans pull you forward, your dreams must be

If you’ve ever hiked a 14,000-foot peak in the Rocky
Mountains, one thought has surely come to mind: “How did the settlers of
this country do it?” How did they get from the East Coast to the West
Coast? Carrying one day’s supply of food and water is hard enough. Can
you imagine hauling all of your worldly goods with you… mile after
mile, day after day, month after month? These people had big dreams.
They had ambition. They didn’t focus on the hardship of getting up the

In their minds, they were already on the other
side—their bodies just hadn’t gotten them there yet! Despite all of
their pains and struggles, all of the births and deaths along the way,
those who made it to the other side had a single vision: to reach the
land of continuous sunshine and extraordinary wealth. To start over
where anything and everything was possible. Their dreams were stronger
than the obstacles in their way.

You’ve got to be a dreamer.
You’ve got to envision the future. You’ve got to see California while
you’re climbing 14,000-foot peaks. You’ve got to see the finish line
while you’re running the race. You’ve got to hear the cheers when you’re
in the middle of a monster project. And you’ve got to be willing to put
yourself through the paces of doing the uncomfortable until it becomes
comfortable. Because that’s how you realize your dreams.


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