How to Believe In Your Dream.

How to believe in your dreamThe biggest mistake you can make is to wait until you believe in your dream before you start to go after it. If you do that, you’ll still be waiting when you take your last breath.

I suspect you have to be a little crazy to go after your dream. It’s risky and not everyone will share your enthusiasm.

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In fact, most people won’t. They have their own agendas, their well-worn ruts and comfort zones, and don’t want you rocking the boat with your silly dream. They may even have plans for your life that don’t include you following your heart.

But, your dream is in your heart for a reason. It might take you years to get there, maybe decades. Maybe you won’t get there at all. Maybe your dream is simply pointing you in the right direction for your life. Like the North Star guiding you home.

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” – The Gospel of Thomas

Keep in mind, it’ll take a bit of magic to reach your dream. The mind can’t explain it. That’s why it can be so frightening. You have to trust the magic. For me, as a writer, the magic happens when I’m in the timeless zone and a story pours out of me. Hemingway called it “the dust on a butterfly’s wings.”

I don’t know where the magic comes from or if it’ll appear again when I need it. This is why I walk for hours before I sit down to write, I’m searching inside for the magic.

Apparently, self-doubt is part of the process. Recently, I was reading through some materials on copywriting when I found a quote from Michael Masterson, a highly successful copywriter.

“I believe you can have a mind full of doubts and worries, and still succeed. I believe it’s possible to achieve amazing things with a frightened heart and a terrified mind.

I know because I have always been full of doubts and fears. I was afraid of failing when I wrote my first promotion, which resulted in tens of millions of dollars in sales. I am still full of doubts and fears now…even with all the successes I’ve had over the past 25 years.” – Michael Masterson

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It might be that some of us will always be filled with self-doubt and lack of confidence. Neurosis is part of the creative package for a lot of writers. It’s just the way we’re wired, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live our dream.

woman at windowThe truth is, you don’t have to believe in your dream, but you do have to make it a priority and go after it.

Remember that most of life is lived on a plateau. In any endeavor that requires skill, progress will be slow. A musician must practice finger placement for hours every day and for months at a time before improvement is noticeable.

It’s the same with writers, athletes and actors. And, it’s the same with your dream. Advances come in small increments spread across large expanses of time. Embrace the plateau. Keep working towards your dream even when there hasn’t been any success for ages.

So, to answer the question “How to Believe In Your Dream,” I say you don’t have to believe. You merely have to take action. Do something every day to make your dream a reality. Even when you don’t know what to do, do something. Expect to fail, learn from it and keeping moving.

For years, I carried the following quote in my wallet. When setbacks led to despair, I would read it and remember to keep trying.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased.

[There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” –  Martha Graham

Make your dream a priority and do something every day to make it happen. It may take years, but in time, your dream will become part of your identity. That’s when you become unstoppable.

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Comments

  1. Very inspiring post! Your words are a great motivation for people who don’t have goals and also for people who do have goals set but haven’t put them in motion yet. Also great advice to clear mind before writing. Great Job!

    • Hi Chelsea!
      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment. Yes, I pace a lot when I’m writing. Fortunately, I live in the country where there is room to walk. I’ve worn a path through the woods around my house. All the best…Gary

  2. Sometimes it’s hard to have the courage of your convictions, but if no-one ever followed their dreams, then many of the brilliant things we have in this world today would not exist.
    Love that Martha Graham quote – might have to print it out and stick it in my wallet too!
    Claire

    • Hi Claire!
      Good to hear from you. The Martha Graham quote has saved me many, many times. I’m glad you like it. You are so right. If it wasn’t for the dreamers we would still be in the stone age. Thanks for stopping by. All the best…Gary

  3. Thank you, Gary. I believe that this is what I needed to read today. Patience is definitely a virtue, and action speaks louder than fear. God Bless you.

    • Hi Raphael, I’m so glad you found something meaningful in my post. Yes patience is a virtue but it’s not always easy. Sometimes all we can do is take the next step, but that is enough. Thanks for stopping by. All the best…Gary

  4. That is a great insight into writing Gary,

    Writing is essential to my business an I seat down to do it almost everyday. Sometimes if just seems to flow out of me, somedays however I feel like if I have never done it before. I have developed a routine of working out and meditating, this seems to help most of the time.

    • Hi Marlon,
      Yes, meditation is a big help to me too. Don’t you think every writer would gain so much if they only learned to watch their thoughts. I find when I haven’t slept well that writing is more difficult too. Thanks for stopping by. All the best…Gary

  5. Hello Gary! I absolutely love your website! This was such and inspiring and motivating post!
    I totally agree with you. We should never wait to act upon our dreams. We are only given one opportunity and the opportunity is here and now! We should believe in ourselves and act now! “someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you…
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Katerina,
      I’m glad you stopped by. Yes, I believe we can only have a fulfilled life if we go after our dreams. Maybe we realized them and maybe we don’t, but we must try. My dream of writing novels has shaped my life. It has revealed to me who were my friends and who were not. It has not lead to financial success yet, but it has absolutely enriched me life. Thank you for commenting.

  6. Gary. I love this article. It’s so true. Sometimes, you just have to start the small steps towards your goals. Even when you don’t yet believe. And yet I feel there needs to be a sliver of a belief that it is actually possible – or that lack of belief could stop you in your tracks! Great article!

    • Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by. I agree, it helps to believe in our dream, but sometimes our belief can fail or get crushed by others. That’s when we need to just take the next step and keep trying. All the best…Gary

  7. Hi Gary,
    What a great start to my day – so glad that I found this article (or that it found me :)).
    I can relate to this on so many levels, I too experience the fear and self-doubt on a daily basis. I guess it’s the choices I make in how to manage that – will I succumb and let it become debilitating, or will I, like you say, take some action everyday that will lead to fulfillment of my dream.
    Very inspirational post.
    Thank you

    • Hi Grant! Thanks for the wonderful comment. Self-doubt apparently comes with the territory of following a dream. Like you mention, all we can do is take the next step and keep after it. We are blessed to have a dream. As Martha Graham wrote to Agnes Demille: “No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

      All the best…
      Gary

  8. Great Article!
    I read it all and I gotta say it was very inspiring to me. I can really relate to this because I too have a dream and sometimes it’s very hard for me to follow my heart and go chase my dream by trying little by little everyday. This actually motivated me to get up and do something for myself today. Thank you so much and keep up the great work. A lot of people like me can greatly benefit from a lot of people like you.

    • Hi Susy!

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you found some motivation in my article. It can really be tough to follow your heart, but that is the journey that matters most. It is what shapes us and gives our life meaning.

      All the best…

      Gary

  9. “That’s when you become unstoppable” Amazing! I totally agree with you! You gave some very nice advices and motivation for progress and growth. If you believe it, you can achieve it! I like this quote in wallet thing, will use it. Very nice post, I really enjoyed reading it!
    Thank you!

    • Hi Branka!

      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words. It’s so important for everyone to listen to the small, still voice within and follow their dream, whatever it is. We only live once. Live it from your heart!

      All the best…

      Gary

  10. Hello Gary, I like your article and ideas presented here. We always can abandon our dreams, but we will be unhappy. Reaching for goals, taking actions as you told, moves us from dead point. Stagnation never worked in every area in life. It can create black hole, which can swallow all best thoughts and intentions. It is strange for me how this Michael Masterson was afraid of something, despite his success through 25 years. Maybe it depends from personality or difficult childhood. Sorry, bad joke.
    I agree with you that in order to achieve something, we need to take action. This principle works anywhere. Most important, that we know what we want. If we work diligently towards it, we will reach our dreams. Why not? Because without sowing, no harvest for us.
    All the best, happy writing, Nemira.

    • Hi Nemira!
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. You are so right. When we chose to follow our dream, our life becomes an adventure. It’s not all happy and it’s not all easy, but it will be meaningful.

      All the best…
      Gary

  11. Hi Gary,

    Loving this article, your way of thinking is awesome. I took a screenshot of that last quote, I think it is also pretty cool.

    I think by taking daily action and acting towards fulfilling your dreams you are automatically believing in achieving it as a result.

    I have always been someone that thinks a little differently and creates my own path, I’ve never been content with how we are ‘meant to live’. Societies neat little plan for us all… Boring.

    I think your mindset is extremely important as an entrepreneur. You are walking your own path and often times it is very different from those around you. Keep pushing forward and working hard and you will reach your goals! Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Tim!

      Thanks for stopping by. I particularly appreciate your words of encouragement.

      I’m glad you liked the Martha Graham quote. It has sustained me for many, many years. My original copy is pinned to the wall above my writing space. It’s worn and wrinkled, and still keeping me faithful to my dream.

      It takes courage to go against the norm, but for folks like us, there is no other option.

      Joseph Campbell, the legendary scholar of myths who gave us “The Hero’s Journey,” lived in an efficiency apartment most of his life. He could have earned so much more if he had surrendered and been part of the machine, but he had learned from studying myths that being part of the machine is hell.

      …And fortunately, he wrote about it to warn all who would listen.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

      All the best…
      Gary

  12. Hi Gary,

    Loving this article, your way of thinking is awesome. I took a screenshot of that last quote, I think it is also pretty cool.

    I think by taking daily action and acting towards fulfilling your dreams you are automatically believing in achieving it as a result.

    I have always been someone that thinks a little differently and creates my own path, I’ve never been content with how we are ‘meant to live’. Societies neat little plan for us all… Boring.

    I think your mindset is extremely important as an entrepreneur. You are walking your own path and often times it is very different from those around you. Keep pushing forward and working hard and you will reach your goals! Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Tim!

      Thanks for stopping by. I particularly appreciate your words of encouragement.

      I’m glad you liked the Martha Graham quote. It has sustained me for many, many years. My original copy is pinned to the wall above my writing space. It’s worn and wrinkled, and still keeping me faithful to my dream.

      It takes courage to go against the norm, but for folks like us, there is no other option.

      Joseph Campbell, the legendary scholar of myths who gave us “The Hero’s Journey,” lived in an efficiency apartment most of his life. He could have earned so much more if he had surrendered and been part of the machine, but he had learned from studying myths that being part of the machine is hell.

      …And fortunately, he wrote about it to warn all who would listen.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

      All the best…

      Gary

    • Hi Tim!

      Thanks for stopping by. I particularly appreciate your words of encouragement.

      I’m glad you liked the Martha Graham quote. It has sustained me for many, many years. My original copy is pinned to the wall above my writing space. It’s worn and wrinkled, and still keeping me faithful to my dream.

      It takes courage to go against the norm, but for folks like us, there is no other option.

      Joseph Campbell, the legendary scholar of myths who gave us “The Hero’s Journey,” lived in an efficiency apartment most of his life. He could have earned so much more if he had surrendered and been part of the machine, but he had learned from studying myths that being part of the machine is hell.

      …And fortunately, he wrote about it to warn all who would listen.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

      All the best…

      Gary

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