Chasing your dreams.. can be a really scary thing for many people.

Now this might sound a little counter intuitive – after all isn’t this what should make us happy?  It’s scary because there is the chance of failure – in fact it’s a good chance when you start on the path.  People struggle to set the right expectations, or realise how much hard work will be involved.

In this age of instant gratification, it’s becoming even more difficult – actors, singers, entrepreneurs seemingly have overnight success.  But dig deeper and there is much more effort..and time put in.

Sometimes though, it just takes a little motivation or inspiration to keep you on the path.  Our book shelves are filled with motivational books, inspirational biographies, step by step guides.. all focussed on going after our dreams.

But all you often need is to glance at an inspirational quote, to remember why you get up in the morning.   There are thousands on the internet – find those that  speak to your heart, offer support around what challenges you most often and make you feel invigorated about your goals. Here are my five favourite.

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.  – Donovan Bailey.

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Donovan Bailey is a canadian sprinter, who held the world record for the 100m sprint after winning gold at the 1996 Olympic Games – becoming the world’s fastest man.   Sacrifice and hard work is no stranger.

When you truly want something you need to work hard, ignore the naysers.  Let your desire and passion drive you – even when sometimes it might seem the smarter thing to give up. This will keep you motivated and focussed on your goals.

I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free. – LL Cool J.

Fear can hold us all back.  But it is much better to have tried and failed than never tried at all.  Once you can ignore, or at least put aside that little voice in your head that whispers your fears, you will be amazed at how thngs can start to fall into place to acheive what you desire.

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. – Nikos Kazamtzakis

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The ability to believe in one’s self is what differentiates successful people (bearing in mind success measn different things to different peopel as well.) While intelligence, resources and circumstance to have their part to play the biggest contributor is self belief.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.  – Thomas Edison

Few people succeed on reaching their dreams and goals on their first attempt. But many people give up after one or two attempts.  Imagine if the next attempt was the one that got you over the line.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

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It’s about moving forward.  We need to run our own race and be less concerned with comparing ourselves with others in order to guage success anfd self worth.  Focus on what you want, direct your passions to sacheiving that goal and it will happen in the time thst is right.  Surrender to the process, don’t push it, force it or rush it.

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