Many of us have had a dream some time in our lives. A dream which once makes us explores the possibilities as boundless as the sky. A dream which once allows us to experience the climax of being on top of the world. Have you ever had a dream? In the normality of life, where each heart beat is as predictable as the ticking of the alarm clock next to your bed, a dream is capable of making one's heart skips out of such quietness.
For some, to have a dream means an empty pursuit similar to that of chasing after the wind. Some may even fear to dream as the perceived environment to make a dream happen is far from being ideal. What does a dream mean to you? A quick check with Dictionary.com (a leading provider of language reference products and services on the Internet) reveals that "A dream is an aspiration; a goal; or an aim." This simply means that all of us have had dreams, and are having dreams everyday. From the moment we wake up until the end of the day, we make goals for the day, weeks, and years to come.
Dreams are indeed a part of us, whether we realize it or not. But too often, we see "unreachable and impossible tasks" as "ideal dreams" and readily associate our failures, disappointments or simply a death of a vision as "shattered dreams". What is left is only the mundane day-to-day life cycle, accompanied by feelings of boredom, exhaustion, and sadness. This is the major reason why our eyes are never set on the promising rewards a dream offers instead we focus on the challenges of realizing any dreams.
In the right perspective, "a dream", which represents an aspiration; a goal; or an aim, is indeed a collection of tasks we do daily, in the manner which we are either familiar with or are finding ways to make it better. The only difference between making a dream happen and carrying out a task is simply whether you are passionate about it. Denis Diderot, a philosopher, pointed out this striking contrast with his famous quotation, "Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things."
The importance of being passionate in achieving our goals has been much concealed by people living in the technological advancement era; where the overly reliant of technology make us complacent in answering these essential questions: What do we do?, How do we do it?, and When do we do it?. Essentially, a passionate person will also answer the fourth question "Why do I do it and how to do it better?" Such is the distinguishing factor that makes any dream, a possible reality.
If you are to be passionate about actualizing your dreams, be prepared to face failures and disappointments. These are the pre-requisite to winning the battle of complacency and normalcy. Living in a comfort zone buffered by routines of predictable tasks will not stretch your capacity to attain greater success. Oprah Winfrey couldn't be more objective on this, "Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it."
While you seek ways to breathe passion into every aspect of your life, resist the temptation to compete your progress with others. Our ancient forefathers have passed down the "survival of the fittest" strategy from generations to generations, with the aim to make us survive strong in the growing competitive world. This so-called survival tactic, adapted to our modern version, is known as "rivalry competition". It happens when we see someone as a threat to us and we begin to take a series of actions to ensure we are always "better off" than them. Be cautious not to be caught by this modern day catastrophe. Achieving your dreams passionately is a personal venture, never to be competed, and compared with, another individual, who is as unique as you are, but was never created to sabotage your destiny.
The next time when you dream, which simply means, when you have aspirations, goals or aims to achieve, don't take the path traveled by many, let your passion direct you to a path leading to greater success! As T. Alan Armstrong puts forward this powerful motto for passion "If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you."