Mindfulness · Paradigm Shift

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

As it relates to success, what odds would you give yourself to accomplish your dreams? One in ten? One in a hundred? One in a million?

For many people, a dream is a terrifying and impossible idea that will never be realized. For others, a dream is something that is possible, but somewhat out of reach. The third group believes that a dream is something they would like to become and something they will become.

If you are a part of the last group, then congratulations are in order because you have found a way to navigate through life’s problems and downsides while shifting your mindset and focus on life’s upsides and your own potentialities. You know where you are going even when you do not always see a way forward.

The reality is, even for those in the third group, most often, they do not have a seamless and fully-developed framework on how to achieve their dreams, notwithstanding, they hold on to their dreams and press on despite the odds and regardless of what life throws at them. 

This group embodies the stuff dreams are made of.

Every dream, no matter the scale and scope, is made up of three primary ingredients.

The first ingredient is a burning desire.

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating [longing] which transcends everything. – Napoleon Hill

The second ingredient is discipline.

Discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and follow it. -Bob Proctor

The third ingredient is determination or persistence.

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. –Hal Borland

What are your dreams made of?


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9 thoughts on “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

  1. As to the question of your odds of me achieving success is: One in One…

    I boast not of myself, in comparison to others, but when one has a secret weapon of the Lord on his/her side, or rather he or she is on the Lord’s side, one cannot fail.

    I loved reading your ingredients in a dream ♡

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    1. Olive, I appreciate your thought. According to you, the odds of you achieving success is one in one. Are you saying that your success rate in every area of your life (e.g., spiritual, relational, professional, etc) is one hundred percent? Or are you referring to a mindset that breeds success?

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      1. 🙂 Hi Josiah, I believe if one allows the work of change & healing to take place, authored by God for his or her intricate and individual life, then over time (pace depends on the person’s dynamics), he or she will have success in every area of his or her life, but a person but be willing in each part of their life to surrender them to the elements of change & healing.

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  2. Wonderful three ingredients, made me think; I thought, I have the first and the third, but maybe I don’t have the second one — discipline — though I used to, when it came to writing — because I don’t any longer seem to be able to make myself commands and stick to them; but then I read Shelly’s comment, and wow! that was it.

    I suppose my subliminal self-commandment recently has been to act with dreams — like Shelly’s — of love and creativity at the forefront. And I also add another — to be fierce (but not vindictive! if one can help oneself) when it comes to fighting against perceived harm within communities.

    I keep trying to give up the latter because it’s the hardest one to persist in, but it keeps chasing after me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Lovely post and lovely image too. 💙🌷Also, Josiah, I want to thank you for liking that old post of mine this eve… it helped draw a certain puzzle piece or two back together in my consciousness. I truly appreciate it.

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  3. Nadine, as always, I appreciate your insights.

    It is interesting that you mentioned Shelly, because I just wrote a response to her post titled “How to Flourish by Cultivating Virtues,” where she highlighted the word “Righteous Indignation” as developed in Aristotle’s work, Nicomachean Ethics, similar to your use of the word “fierce.”

    As it relates to discipline, if fines were given for each time I disregarded my own commands, I’d be in debt. 😄 Many of this year’s outcomes were in some ways emblematic of my inconsistency (i.e., lack of discipline). To improve in those areas, however, I intend to lock in on one thing at a time until I experience the intended results.

    I’d say any dream that is made up of love, creativity, and fierceness is worth pursuing and living.


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