The thing that will dry up your dreams faster than anything is a fourteen-letter word. You can take the "teen" off and think of it as a four-letter word.
It certainly causes as much grief as most four-letter words. The word is …
Oh we laugh about it as if it's a minor fault, one that causes some late fines at the library or putting off that diet one more day, but it's really much more harmful than that.
Perhaps you remember from high school or college English this poem by famous American poet, novelist, columnist and playwright Langston Hughes.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
– Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Whatever happens to a dream deferred is not a good thing. And what happens to us when we forget about our dreams?
We're not being true to ourselves, we're not living our lives to the fullest, and the very least – we and others who would benefit are missing out.
The "dream deferred" Hughes wrote about during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's may have been as much about society destroying dreams as an inside job, but for most people today, the deferment of dreams comes from procrastination, and procrastination comes from fear. Now there's a real four-letter word for you that is another dream destroyer.
Do you have dreams you've put off?
I know I did. I was caught on the treadmill of a job that seemed to consume me. Then my wife, Ann, began asking questions. Questions like …
If we continue doing what we are doing, where we will be a year from now? 5 years now? In our 60's?
The images were frightening.
We made up our minds that we would no longer put off our dreams.
It meant working at our new network marketing business after putting in 8 hours or more at our jobs, but before we knew it we no longer
needed the jobs, and …
We had built the largest international business in the history of the company we were with before our current company. That means many, many other people, benefited.
After only 3 years with our current company, we have more than 48,000 team members in more than 25 countries. Our income has, in these 3 years, surpassed what we made with the other company, which is / was a great company.
Where will you be next year if continue doing what you are doing now?
Where will you be 5 years from now if you continue doing what you are doing now?
Where will you be when you're 65 (or older if you've already hit there) if you continue doing what you are doing now?
Are you today where you hoped to be when you dreamt of your future?
Have you deferred your dreams until they are dried up?
Isn't it time to revive them?
I'd like you to do that. Revive your dreams. Imagine how you will feel
when they become reality.
Do you like the feeling?
Are you ready to make some changes?
Because you can't achieve a different outcome by doing the thing.
Napoleon Hill, another great writer and the author of the
eBook I shared with you "Think and Grow Rich" said this about
about the "P" word.
"The principle of concentration is the medium by which
procrastination is exceed. The same principle is the
foundation upon which both self-confidence and self-esteem
are predicated … "
Concentrate, focus on your goals and you've made a start.
You'll be amazed at how fast things can change when you do so.
If you need a vehicle to support your dreams, consider …
"Network marketing has proven itself to be a viable and rewarding source of income, and the challenges could be just right for you."
– Donald Trump, Your Business at Home Magazine