From the Mind to Reality: Making Dreams Come True
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | October 2018
It begins in the mind but finishes with action. Successfully fulfilling our dreams demands correct action.
We dream of the spectacular—famous, rich and beautiful. Perhaps, these dreams are within reach. The spectacular thought, however, doesn’t automatically materialize into fulfillment. I can envision writing a best-selling book, but actualization requires work, and lots of it. Dreaming is easy. The little engine that could would’ve never made it over the hill if his “I think I can” self-encouraging message rung loud while the little engine remained conveniently parked at the station. Thoughts, hopes, and dreams motivate but alone accomplish little. What first appears in the mind must eventually translate into action; materializing through skill, effort, persistence, and self-discipline.
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Where modern psychological fluff leaves off, we must add the sweat equity, filling in the immense space between thought and achievement. Thoughts may—but not always—motivate action, but if the action is inappropriate or ill-advised we don’t move closer to our goal, often advancing towards the wrong endpoint. The heroin addict, surrounded by examples of those fighting and failing, often acts on motivating thoughts with actions that don’t work. They may entertain proper thoughts of sobriety but act, either out of ignorance or escape, in ways that fail to materialize the dream.
"Where modern psychological fluff leaves off, we must add the sweat equity, filling in the immense space between thought and achievement."
The successful achievement springing from hopeful thoughts of brighter futures depends on many factors. Knowledge plays a crucial role. Most highly successful people engage in a daily diet of reading, gathering vast amounts of information. The wider their view, the more knowledge they can draw upon when acting to achieve dreams and the more knowledge they have to respond to the interference of unplanned obstacles.
"Drop by drop - a whole lake becomes." (Bulgarian proverb)
Dreams require considerable work. We don’t momentarily stand-up, drag ourselves off the couch and do something dazzling. We move towards the spectacular through determination, discipline and acting correctly. Small changes to routine give new direction, moving us a step closer to more dramatic transformations. The constructive life attends to the small character traits essential for achievement. From the minute changes, spectacular achievements can spring. The motivating chant of thinking we can shoves us from the train station, and with the correct focus, assist us to climb the correct hill towards our spectacular dreams of a better life, better marriage, and better career.
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