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Latosha Martin
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Dare to Dream

Published on 8/8/2013
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In Napoleon Hill's immortal words, "All achievement and all earthly riches have their beginnings in an idea or a dream." Does that definition sound like it's describing something unreal? Not at all!

Dreams contain nearly limitless power to lift us up in a world that sometimes seems determined to hold us down. Dreams have the power to pull us forward in the face of adversity. Dreams have the power to sharpen our focus and fill our lives with energy and passion. Dreams have the power to renew our strength and shield us from criticism and negative thinking.

But most of all, dreams have the power to remind us that the biggest accomplishments always start with the biggest dreams. To use another classic quote from Napoleon Hill: "Anything the mind can conceive and the heart can believe, you can achieve."

Dreaming His Way to the Top

Here's a story about a man named Lou who personified Hill's observation that if you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it!

When Lou was in his mid-twenties, he showed up to work one morning only to be greeted by the news every employee fears--he'd been fired. A proud, determined man, Lou was deeply hurt by his dismissal. He hung around the house for several days, feeling sorry for himself and blaming the world for his misfortune.

But Lou understood that feeling sorry for himself was getting him nowhere fast! So one day, shortly after being fired, Lou decided to turn his negative experience into a positive one by using the time between jobs as an opportunity to plan the rest of his life.

Lou started by sitting alone in a quiet room and dreaming about all of the things he would like to accomplish in his life. Then he took out a piece of paper and began jotting his dreams down as fast as he could.

When Lou finished, he had a list of 107 dreams. Some involved adventure, like sky diving. Some were lofty, like accepting a dinner invitation to the White House. Some involved his family, like seeing all four of his children graduate from college. Some were so ambitious they were almost impossible for Lou to reach.

Become a Possibility Thinker

While Lou was making his dream list, he didn't worry about being overly realistic. He didn't want to think about all the things he could not do. He didn't want to dwell on limitations. He wanted to concentrate on the things he could do--possibility thinking, not pessimistic thinking. He made it a point to dream again!

Because Lou dared to dream, he not only turned his life around, he became one of the most successful people in the history of his chosen profession. You see, one of Lou's dreams was to become head coach of the Notre Dame football team. Another was to coach his team to a national championship. Amazingly, Lou--whose full name is Lou Holtz--achieved both! In 1988, Lou Holtz coached his undefeated Notre Dame football team to a national championship!

Lou accomplished not only those two dreams, but 93 others from his original list of 107 dreams. Just think, Lou accomplished almost 90 percent of his dreams! Lou's accomplishments are living proof that dreaming has the awesome power to transform people's lives.

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