Keep Chasing Your Dreams

Keep chasing your dreams - live, laugh, love inspirational quote

It’s Not All About Hard Work

Everything starts with your dreams and imagination. What’s the point of working hard if you don’t know why you’re working hard in the first place? What’s the point of endless hours of devotion if all that hard work is not aligned with your dreams? Do you even have dreams? If you’re stuck and don’t know where you’re headed, then start with your dreams. Keep chasing your dreams and you won’t regret the process looking back in the future.

Whenever you become down in life and hopeless that your future is over, remind yourself of your dreams. Allow your dreams to fill you with power, motivation and inspiration. Every time you feel derailed off your path to success, use your dreams to get you back on track. You’ll encounter many moments of discouragement, disappointments and even failures, but it’s how you get yourself back up that matters the most. Use your dreams as an anchor to prevent you from falling too many times; to prevent you from drowning.

Keep Chasing Your Dreams – There is No Other Option

A life without dreams is a life without substance. You can have the best job in the world, but if the process and experience are meaningless, then you’re likely lacking dreams. Keep in mind that a great job does not equate to a great dream. You can use your family, intelligence, education and connections to land a great job. But to land a great dream, you need to use your imagination. No human can provide you with that if you refuse to utilize that part of the brain to begin with.

Ok so you have a dream. Now what? The next important thing to remember is to never allow failures to throw you off course. We’ve all experienced failures and had to get back up and restart the process. The restarting part is the most difficult, especially after you put so much work in and still failed. I mean, why keep trying right? Wrong. If you stop trying, then that’s when your dreams start wilting. You have to keep watering your dreams and get ’em back up strong. Once you recover from the failure at hand, about 2-3 weeks later, you feel back on a roll and continue the journey to success.

The formula is simple: 40% hard work + 60% dreams = success

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Being a Good Athlete

Positive Affirmation – Improving Your Athleticism

“I am a great athlete because I have what it takes to work out longer, run father, lift more and compete at a higher level. Even if I’m not naturally athletic, I am improving every day because I have the will, determination and drive to keep improving. I no longer give up when I lack strength and I no longer give in to others when they put me down. I am capable of doing extraordinary things and one of these things is being a good athlete. Being a good athlete is no easy task, but when I put my mind to it, I experience the impressive results.

I wake up every day believing that I will make it a productive day. My athleticism relies on my motivation to improve. Without motivation, I fall behind in the race and others pass me. When I fall behind, I become sad and less motivated to keep trying. Motivation is key to becoming a great athlete. Motivation is the building block behind my success as an athlete. Sometimes things come up and my motivation takes a hit. It’s okay when this happens; I take the day off and restart tomorrow.

Being a Good Athlete Requires Belief

It’s not enough to be motivated to succeed. Motivation without belief is like having money but with nothing good to spend it on. Coaches, friends and family can encourage and motivate me, but only I can find that inner belief to become a good athlete. When stepping on the tennis or basketball court or soccer field, I have to muster up that belief that I will play well. The more I capitalize on my previous success, the more my belief will increase. Belief is the fuel that will drive me to becoming an excellent athlete.

Don’t ever give up when you experience a series of losses. Losses are teaching points that help build my character and inner strength. A loss in athletics is like doing poorly on an exam at school; I feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. But giving up is the wrong attitude. Giving up is the easy way out of failures. Failures are not meant to discourage me; they’re meant to get me to reanalyze my game and to come back running harder. And this is where belief comes into play: if I believe that I will recover from my failures and improve even more, the sky will become the limit.”

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Give Mental Health Patients A Chance

Not Giving Up On Mental Illness

Many people continue to view mental health patients as “the crazies; the no good for nothing weirdos who do weird things and are just weird!” But this couldn’t be farthest from the truth. With a little medication and some talk therapy, you can unmask the most beautiful flowers that you will ever come across; more beautiful than many people who don’t have a mental illness. Remember that it’s not what goes inside one’s mouth that makes or breaks an individual; it’s what comes out because what comes out is from the heart.

With mental illness, it’s easy to erroneously believe that one’s heart is wicked, rotten or broken from the start. But it’s not their heart; it never was. It’s their mind which is malfunctioning, giving the appearance of a bad heart. It’s often easier to fix one’s mind than it is to fix one’s heart; once the heart goes astray, only God has the ability to help their poor soul. But with the mind, many wonderful opportunities are available if an individual with a mental illness is given a chance.

Many mentally ill patients suffer from a chronic disorder, giving even the most experienced psychiatrists loss of hope for return to a stable state of mind. But loss of hope is the difference between those who don’t achieve from those who conquer the highest mountains. Treating a mental illness may prove to be challenging at times, but what is more challenging is finding the strength to believe in your patient when your patient doesn’t believe in themselves.

Patients must always be given a chance no matter how chronic their illness is. As psychiatrists, we don’t rely on miracles but experience, knowledge, art and faith. As Jesus Christ once said, “The people of today want a miracle. I will not give them one.” We don’t need a miracle to see improvement; we just need empathy, on-point psychopharmacology and the belief that our patients will improve.

Sometimes we have to believe for our patients when they lack the belief in themselves. Sometimes we have to give the people who we know in our lives more opportunities to access mental healthcare, especially when the opportunities lie down the street or around the corner. Sometimes we have to extend a hand and place our interests aside for one day. Sometimes we have to let go of our ego and focus on helping someone else out, even when we don’t feel like being of help.

Sometimes we just need to give someone a chance, for a chance is all that they are asking for. Sometimes a chance is all they need to recover from their mental illness.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Dreams Keep Us Alive

A Fantasy Called Dreams

Whether the past, present (or for some of you, the future), most people would agree that without our dreams, we’d be lost somewhere in the abyss. Dreams provide direction, meaning and the ability to believe. Without belief, we remain lost. But with it, we dream on. And dreaming is what we want.

Our body requires blood to circulate oxygen, nutrients and waste products. Our mind requires a creative, inspiring and seductive fantasy called dreams. These “things” keep us going when at our lowest and most unattractive states of mind. Did I mention that they keep us going even when elated?

Those who dream consistently and believe them wholeheartedly for years at a time, have a very good chance at achieving them with persistence. Don’t forget consistence – the repetition of persistence. When this formula is applied, (is it a formula?), it makes dreams come true.

The best part of dreams is seeing them play out throughout your life. Sometimes they are accomplished earlier than expected, and you must come up with new ones. And sometimes you can accept a little assistance from a significant other, to help you out with a new dream.

The key is to not look too hard and don’t wait too long. Trust your eye, heart and instinct. If you believe a certain goal accompanied by a beautiful image is worth your time, then by no means, strive for it! But once you start striving for a dream, giving up on it would only be subpar. You can accomplish it with persistence.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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