All of you must have rad the novel “Think and Grow Rich”. Even if you haven’t read it, you definitely have heard that “The people who achieve their dreams are the ones who watches one”. Without having dreams and goals, you can’t achieve much in life.
We all have heard infinite number of thoughts describing importance of dreams such as, “If people don’t laugh at your dreams. they are not big enough” or “If you can dream it, you can achieve it” So, i think we can all agree to the fact that watching dreams is very important. Dream is what burns a fire in your belly to go out in the world and become the best thing there has ever been. Dream is what keeps us going through the hardest of times and continue to work hard and at last, it definitely pays off, ofcourse sooner for some than others, but it definitely pays off.
But as the fact is, there are two sides of a coin.
What if i say that as a road to success, dream’s success rate is only about 10% or even less. That means, for more than 90% of people, watching dreams doesn’t act as a motivator, but become a hurdle in their path to success. WHY???
Because once they start watching dreams, they start fantasizing their success. Suppose someone wants to be a big singer, he will start seeing himself on a stage performing with a huge crowd in front of him. He will feel good about seeing this dream and would wish it to be real. He will see this dream all day and night but he will not be able to achieve it in reality because he has become so accustomed to dreaming that he just wants to reach the summit, he doesn’t want to climb it.He does not want to go through all the pain and sacrifice on his way to success because in his mind he has already succeeded.
This is the problem with all of us. We all want the reward not the struggle. We want the result not the process. We are not in love with the fight but only the victory.
But life doesn’t work that way. Who you are is defined by what you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoys struggles of the gym are the ones who run triathlons and have chiseled abs. People who enjoys long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who climb to the top of it.
This is not about willpower or grit. This is the most simple and basic component of life: Our struggles determines our success. Our problems birth our happiness along with slightly better and upgraded problems.
It’s a never ending upward spiral. And if you think at any point you are allowed to stop climbing, i am afraid you are missing the point, because the joy is in the climb itself.