Are you contemplating whether you’re going about your dreams and ambitions the right way? As this year comes to an end, I often hear people talk about goals they’ve achieve or didn’t achieve during the course of the year. The people who end their year off satisfied with its outcome are usually happy because they’re in a different place than where they were last year. Maybe you should rethink what you’re trying to accomplish. Are you chasing your dreams or catching them?
It’s important for me to address this question because it touches me deeply to know that there are so many people on this earth that don’t know the difference. I guess people look at this statement as two things that are similar. I beg to differ. Chasing a dream consist of you going after what you wish for, and catching a dream implies you’re reaching out to get it when it comes to you.
There are instances in your life where you can do both but here’s the difference. When chasing a dream, it’s something that becomes constant. You don’t stop running after it. Even once you’ve reached your dream status, you’ll create new goals that require your dreams to expand to bigger and better outcomes. Let’s say there’s someone who’s trying to go into professional sports, like maybe a basketball player. Their dream is to make it big, possibly to be picked up as a professional NBA player. There are goals they should create to get to that potential. Creating goals and executing them one by one starts their journey to chasing their dreams. But once they’ve reached professional status as a NBA star, they’re not done chasing their dream. They work to keep that status. They make new goals to chase and accomplish to get to an even larger status. As many say, the grind never stops when you’re chasing something.
When catching a dream, your simply catching an opportunity. Opportunities aren’t constant. They come as they go. The only way I can explain this in better terms is through use of common examples, like when someone asks you to volunteer for a special event that you know is hard to attend if you’d apply for the position or meeting someone who’s important on the path you should be heading to become a better you. These examples aren’t things you chase, rather they’re instances you wait for in a chance to partake. Opportunities are good to have but they’re just that. They aren’t what you should be striving to work towards because their sporadic and you’re unable to determine if they’ll come out in your favor.
Once people realize the difference between these two, we’ll have more people striving to become better. We’ll have more people working on expanding their dreams and not waiting for others to depend on for opportunities that they could make for themselves. Too many people depend on catching a dream that someone else will offer. What happens when that dream never comes when you put little to no effort?
STRIVE people! Strive to become better. Your life can’t be handed to you. God already gave you a life. You must construct it. Let’s go into 2014 with plans to chase our dreams. If opportunities come our way while doing that, let us humbly accept them but continue to keep the eye on the bigger picture. Goals first, pleasure later. I wish the best of luck to everyone in the year of 2014.
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