Positive Thursday: Are You Devoted To Making Your Dreams Come True?

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Today I want to chat briefly about devotion, dedication and passion. We all have dreams and goals for the future, but these are just far-fetched ideas unless we are ready to turn them into realities. This can’t and won’t happen by simply acknowledging your dreams, but actively dedicating yourself to the idea and making it happen.

Webster’s Online Dictionary defines devotion below:

a : the act of devoting <devotion of time and energy>b : the fact or state of being ardently dedicated and loyal<her devotion to the cause> <filial devotion>

Ardently dedicated and loyal. Another more commonly used word for ardently is passionately. You need to be 100% passionate about your dreams if you want them to be accomplished. I’m going to use myself as an example.

One of my goals and dreams is to find a public relations job in an environment conducive to professional and personal success.

There is NO way I will accomplish this goal by sitting on my bed staring at my computer.

There is NO way I will accomplish this goal by thinking about jobs, but not actively applying for them.

I’m going to put this as lightly as possible; pursuing your dreams is hard work. Being dedicated and devoted to your dreams will drain a lot of time and energy, but friend, it will pay off in the end.

I’ve discussed how pursuing dreams can sometimes be the most frustrating experience we go through. It’s a struggle sometimes. It entails conquering our fears and accepting small failures. The more invested in and dedicated to your dreams you are, the harder it is to accept little failures and get beyond fears. It may be scary, but it’s so vital to realize it’s just a small bump in the road.

For me, a small bump in the road or “failure” as you might put would be not getting offered a job that I want. I have two choices: give up and continue thinking about applying for another or dusting myself off and KEEP APPLYING. Life doesn’t always go as planned, but that’s the beauty of it. Fuel yourself up with your intense dedication, devotion and passion for your dream and make it happen.

Start today.

Go now.

And remember to smile and enjoy yourself as you continue pursuing and accomplishing your dream.

Today is positive Thursday after all!

Until next time,

XO —Andi

Thank you to everyone who commented on my post last week “8 Things You Need to Know about Failure” I always appreciate your thoughts, feedback and advice as we are all embarking on the journey of fulfilling our dreams and navigating life’s adventures. I want to clarify that I wouldn’t suggest approaching life “expecting” to fail, but realizing you can channel your small “failures” into bigger opportunities.


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  • Lisa

    @Andrea, love your reminder to keep smiling and enjoying as you pursue your dreams… Yes, yes, yes, so important, this is your LIFE after all right… Might as well enjoy every day along the way! And so happy to have you here, such a passionate and devoted dreamer, and hope I can support you along the way too in making all your dreams come true! :)

    And Cath, love the Buddha examples and story :))) Yes to Right Action!


  • Katie

    So true, Andi!

    There’s no way to know how far you can go unless you keep at those dreams!

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  • Catherine Hughes, Editor & Chief

    This is so true, “There is NO way I will accomplish this goal by sitting on my bed staring at my computer.”

    The Noble Eightfold Path, one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, describes the way to the end of suffering through a set of steps –

    1. Right view – Understanding of how reality is
    2. Right Intention – A commitment to self-improvement
    3. Right Speech – Moral discipline to not speak lies, hurt others with harsh words, or idle chatter
    4. Right Action – Act kindly and compassionately
    5. Right Livelihood – Wealth should be gained legally and peacefully
    6. Right Effort – To exert oneself to develop
    7. Right Mindfulness – Body-and-mind awareness of being in the present moment
    8. Right Concentration – Enlightened meditation

    You will notice there is right action and right effort.

    A story I love that illustrates this perfectly –

    There was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Pretty soon the water was coming over the porch and into the house.

    The old man was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the people on board said, “You can’t stay here you have to come with us.”

    The old man replied, “No, God will save me.” So the boat left. A little while later the water was up to the second floor, and another rescue boat came, and again told the old man he had to come with them.

    The old man again replied, “God will save me.” So the boat left him again.

    An hour later the man was on the roof and a helicopter came to rescue the old man. They tried to get him to come with them.

    Again the old man refused to leave stating that, “God will save me.” So the helicopter left to go save others.

    Soon after, the man drowns and goes to heaven, and when he sees God he asks him, “Why didn’t you save me?”

    God replied, “I tried. I sent two boats and a helicopter!”

    Which reminds me . . . I need to finish the 8WD email marketing campaign . . .