How Much Do You Nurture Your Dream?

If you want to jump higher, get stronger or run faster, you go to the gym. You make sure to follow a plan and workout every day; you do something about it right. However, how much are YOU nurturing your actual vision? This week’s topic is all about the importance of two variables that will help you achieve your dream.

Discipline

Let’s start with the word discipline. According to the Cambridge dictionary, the word discipline stands for training that makes people more willing to obey or more able to control themselves, often in the form of rules [in difficult situations]. However, it is so much more than utterly a definition written out in one sentence. Along with discipline, integration of mental-, physical-, and emotional- abilities will lead the athlete to peak performance. Discipline is not some complicated sort of science; it is simplicity itself. Doing the same thing that works and improving that skill leads to optimal use of your abilities.

Hence, now you’re wondering what discipline has to do with nurturing your vision? Accordingly, if you consistently are working on little things towards achieving your dream, you will ultimately reach/live it. To do so, you need to understand the value of discipline and how to work with it. So, what exactly are you doing to achieve your dream, and is it working, is it moving you forward, is it making you better?

Self Control

The next big focus point on this topic is self-control. According to the same Cambridge dictionary, self-control explains as following “the ability to control your emotions and actions.” If you can control what you do in the day, you can control what you do with that time, and then it seems pretty logical that you can control what you do with your dream, right? It’s all about what you chose to do with your thoughts, how you select your time and resources in your favor. Seems pretty easy when you read it, and it is, but starting with little steps is the key. Start by controlling your thoughts and attitudes when things you planned aren’t going as planned. Instead of wasting energy at being frustrated, gather yourself and quickly instruct yourself to come up with a solution to the unwanted event. Having emotions and actions under control is a step forwards in the right direction.

How Bad Do You Want It?

Are you thinking about your dream once a year, once a month, once a week, once a day? In conclusion, we can control our emotions and actions. For example, if I chose to think about my dream every day, the first thing I do before I eat breakfast, and the last thing I do before I brush my teeth to go to bed, I will automatically create a desire towards that dream. It is not always that easy to chase your vision, but the first thing you can do is think about it. After a while, you will get bored of simply imagining that dream, and you will want to do something to achieve it.

Start by devoting attention to that dream, actually do something towards it. Write it down on a piece of paper and slowly start to build a plan on how you believe you can reach it. It might take weeks, months, or even years to live up to it. As long as you are putting in the effort, and time you will move forward. So how bad do you want it? A little bit? A lot? With your whole heart and soul? It’s up to you now what you chose to do with the rest of the time you have left today.

Until next week, draw a line on a piece of paper, write a 0 in one of the ends and 100 in the other end. Now, make a dot on the line that marks your effort towards your dream, and there you have the answer to why you’re living your dream or not 😉

One Comment Add yours

  1. Steve Ruis says:

    As usual, a thought provoking and excellent post! I do extend a quibble regarding the word discipline. Discipline shares a root with the word disciple, both of which involved “learning.” We seem to have adopted the single meaning of discipline as a punishment scheme over these root meanings.

    What you advocate is self-discipline, that is adopting the role of teacher of yourself: you are the learner and the teacher. This does not involve rules, etc. The rules are generally those of others who are trying to ensure your obedience, hence the punishment shadow cast by the word discipline.

    The word discipline is also used to describe an academic study of a topic, one in which learning takes place. Religious disciples are present to learn. I think this meaning of the word discipline is more appropriate for athletes: to learn and to apply that learning to one’s own training. That is real discipline: no rules, no punishments.

    As always, love your work!

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