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Don’t Quit, Achieve Your Dreams

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Aya Fubara Eneli

Aya Fubara Eneli

I often talk with people who have expressed regret over plans and dreams they rejected or abandoned. No matter the reason they give for their decision, there is no masking the sense of loss of what could have been.

Have you quit on a dream or goal you once had? To quit is to settle. To quit is to relinquish, resign, let go, abandon, discontinue, it is to depart from. Quitting connotes more than just a change of mind or direction. It is more than realizing you were on the wrong track and making the necessary changes.

It is a fact that whenever you make a decision to achieve at a higher level, you will be faced with challenges and some setbacks. Think of it like passing from one grade to another. Each grade will require more of you and should cause you to have to acquire more skills in order to excel. The idea that we should all be able to sail through to our dreams is a fallacy. Excellence requires effort. Success requires effort. Winners must persist. You can be talented, but if you can’t persist through the storms and setbacks of life then you will always find yourself quitting and settling for less than you can be.

If you have or had a dream or goal, don’t quit and remember the following five points as you work towards your victory:

Let your biggest challenges and obstacles become your stepping stones to success. Today, people marvel at best-selling author and speaker, Joyce Meyer, but her success did not come easy. Sexually abused by her father, she married and divorced at a young age and suffered from low self-esteem. But she knew God had more for her and she began to teach women through a Bible Study she led in her home. Now, she is at the helm of a multi-million worldwide organization that ministers to millions across the globe. Her life demonstrates that one can overcome great odds and this inspires many to do the same.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation advice seemed basic: find your passion and pursue it. Dream big and keep on dreaming even when those do not understand your dreams or passions.

When Bill Gates started Microsoft most had never heard of computers. It was inconceivable to the majority that computers would ever become a staple in businesses and homes. Many ridiculed him, but who is laughing now? Your dreams may seem foolish to many, but that is there problem; not yours. Stay hungry to make your dreams reality. Stay foolish and continue to think outside of the box and chart new territories.

Choose Faith over Fear and Place that Faith in God. So many times we quit even before we really get going because we are so afraid of what looms ahead. It is faith in an all powerful God that will keep you dreaming, hoping and acting on your beliefs when all the signs around you point to certain doom. Faith in God transforms ordinary mortals into men and women who accomplish extraordinary feats.

Faith emboldened Ida B. Wells-Barnett to speak up against the lynching of black men when few had the guts to take on the establishment and the ire of white supremacists. Faith propelled Mother Teresa to commit her entire life to serving the most wretched and downcast of the earth even when fame and fortune beckoned.

Make Everyday Count. Pay attention to the little things each day. Make sure that you are always taking steps towards your goals and dreams. It is the little things we do consistently that determine the direction and quality of our lives. Though it might be tempting and even expedient to put off till tomorrow what you can do today, that is a habit that will ensure you never succeed at the level of your potential.

Create or Tap into Power Networks. Find some people who have either done what you are trying to do or are on the same path as you and are serious about their success and get linked up. Success leaves clues. Any honest person who has achieved great success will tell you that they had at least one person who believed in them and spurred them on. A recent USA Today poll indicated that more than 90 percent of workers reported that mentoring has played a significant role in their success.

For instance, you can have mentors and colleagues in your line of work, be part of an investment club for your finances, and also have a Bible Study group that sharpens you spiritually. While you pursue your dreams, be sure to cultivate and nurture healthy relationships with your spouse, children and family. Their support, or lack of it, will greatly impact you for success or failure.

We will all face challenges and obstacles. No one is exempt. Do not let your challenges derail your success. Don’t quit, press on to achieve your goals.

Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. To book her for your next event, visit http://www.ayaeneli.com/, or e-mail her at info@ayaeneli.com.

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