Men and women all over the world end up living mediocre lives due to one wretched decision they make. The decision to not dream big. They decide that what they have in life, or the path they are on, is acceptable and that is all to their life. They are the people who let their dreams go. They don’t have the courage to dive head first into their passions or have let failure ruin them. These people are the ones who have regrets later in life because they never put themselves out there and followed their desires. All that results from not trying to become someone special is less accomplishments, less fulfillment, and more regret in life. Losing your inner kid of dreaming big might be the biggest reoccurring tragedy in adolescence.

Those who step into the ring and succeed enjoy astonishing amounts of happiness and success that no person outside of the ring can experience. They are the ones that live past the grave through their remarkable accomplishments and stories they left behind. These great people radiate passion and are the most contagious people you will ever meet. They meet their reflection in the mirror with a smile at the end of their lives because they know they lived the right way. Trying to get the most out of life is one of the most honorable things a person can do.

When you challenge yourself to be great, you grow as a person on the path to greatness. You realize that your actions reflect who you are so, you decide to live by a strong code of ethics. You realize that you have to continuously improve yourself in order to make your dreams a reality. You recognize what you want to have in life and prioritize what is important to your goals and happiness. The decision to follow the arduous path to greatness brings massive improvements to your character.

What is the worst that can happen from dreaming big? Not accomplishing your goals is probably what most people would say. But even if you don’t accomplish what you sought to, you can look yourself in the mirror and say, “I went after it and I gave myself a chance. A lot of people can’t say they tried to follow their dreams, but I did.” There is a lot of peace of mind that comes from not leaving anything on the table and taking a calculated risk. You went after what you wanted and it didn’t work out, but you don’t sit back always regretting not trying. The despair of regret is immensely greater than the unhappiness from trial and error. There is a lot to be said about the person who steps in the ring. There is not much to be said for the man who stands his whole life in the comfort of the crowd.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt

The key to getting the most out of life and experiencing the ecstasy of success is to step into the arena. We all dream of being Captain Underpants or Wonder Woman from the confines of our bedroom, but only the greats amongst us walk into the stadium with our capes on.

“We must dream with our eyes open and act upon our desires. After all, dreaming with all our hearts ends up being meaningless if we don’t follow wholeheartedly. A beautiful life of fulfillment is there for the taking for those who step into the spotlight and take a chance on themselves.”

-T.E. Lawrence

Activity

Think about all you want to accomplish before your time ends. Challenge yourself to put yourself out there and achieve the goals that will give you the greatest fulfillment.

 

 

 

Exercise 17

 

What are your dreams?

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What do you want most from life?

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In a perfect world for you, what would you be doing daily?

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Where do you want to be in 5 years?

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How can you make your dreams a reality?

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What can you do today to get you closer to achieving your dreams? Be specific.

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What can you do this week? Be specific.

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This month? Be specific.

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This year? Be specific.

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