Article Title: How to Make Your Wildest Dreams Come True - Fifteen Principles to Realise Them
Author Name: Craig Lock
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Fifteen Dynamic Principles to Make Your Wildest Dreams Come True

"I'd rather attempt something great and fail...
than try something easy + ordinary and succeed."
- inspiring words from Norman Vincent Peale
(US preacher and author)

According to Bill Gates there are 3 keys to success in any new
1) Being in the right place at the right time! (You could well be already there!)

2) Have a vision of where the industry/business you're working in is going!

3) Taking Massive and Immediate Action! (It is time to ACT!)

"The future belongs to those who believe in the quality of their dreams."

Was it Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, the famous German poet and philosopher who said those wise words... or was it perhaps my good friend and "technogeek" associate , Bill Rosoman?

"Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs."
- Maxwell Maltz

Here are my 15 steps to fulfilling my wildest dreams . . .

1. KNOW YOURSELF. Get in touch with your Higher Self. Know and accept your weaknesses and faults (we all have them), but even more so your strengths, abilities and gifts. Build on your strengths and try to minimize or improve on your weaknesses; however work more on your strengths. An honest, objective analysis of yourself is the first step in preparing you for success and realizing your dreams. Celebrate you for just being you, a unique creation. "Each one of us has been uniquely created by God and within each of us, we have certain special 'instincts' or 'natural tendencies/strengths/inclinations' towards certain things. When you learn to trust and rightly apply your instinct, that is when your uniqueness will shine through. You will have no competition. You will attract those people that just need and love your service or products. There are ways you can develop to let more of your natural strengths to shine through in your business (and your life). Amazing, isn't it?"
- anon

Aim for mental CLARITY about what you most want out of life. Think about it and write it down. If it's happiness, what do you mean by happiness: a sense of belonging, recognition, independence, love, money or security? Most people couldn't tell you what they want out of life, other than some generalities, like "be happy, rich, etc". Just KNOW exactly what you are seeking. .If you don't know where you are and where you want to go with your life, how will you ever get there? Aim at nothing and you're sure to hit it.

2. GET PASSIONATE. Don't apologize for getting passionate. What excites you the most? If you are not enthusiastic and excited about what you're doing, your path in life, you'll never get others to share your dream. Once you find your passion, you will have found your POWER, MEANING and PURPOSE in life. SIGNIFICANCE is more important than success, I feel.

3. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PASSION. Always be aware...negative people will poison your dream faster than
anything else. Motto: "If you can't be positive, shut up!" Try and stay positive ... even in the face of negativity. People couldn't
understand when I said twelve years ago that I wanted to write inspiring words to try to make a difference to touch people's lives around the globe from a "small town/little city" here near the bottom of the world. That was my personal vision in my circumstances. I'd never heard of the net and some people (friends and associates) said I was "crazy" and laughed.

4. ACCEPT FROM THE START THAT YOU WON'T PLEASE EVERYONE. You're going to be misunderstood, misquoted, hurt some feelings, perhaps even lose some friends (for the time being). Motto: " What other people think of me is none of my business!" Repeat this statement to yourself, especially when you doubt or feel discouraged - you will be many times. People will think you are crazy, when you state your dream. "Impossible!"

5. ALWAYS BE YOURSELF. "To thine own self be true." (Shakespeare's Hamlet, act I.3.) This is supremely important, no matter what the world may think of you. The masses are conditioned to mediocrity and other people's success can make them not feel so good about their own insignificant little lives (the "tall poppy syndrome", so prevalent here in New Zealand and in Australia). Accept yourself. Learn from others - but don't be intimidated by them, or pretend to be someone you're not; because, "We are most
effective when we're being ourselves."

6. DON'T BE SCARED OF MAKING MISTAKES. The only real mistake is one from which you learn nothing. Motto: "Far better to try
something and fail, than try nothing and succeed!"

7. ACCEPT THAT IT WILL NEVER BE EASY. Realizing your dream may be the hardest, most uphill thing you'll ever do. A truth: "You
can't coast uphill." If you truly believe in what you're doing (or trying to do), the value of your product or service and that it will ultimately HELP others, the key ingredient in success is never giving up. "Keep on keeping on" with your quest. It has been said that "success is 99% made up of failures".

8 (i). TRY AND STAY HUMBLE (no matter how successful you may eventually be.) Don't ever think you've made it and arrived --
there's always lots up ahead, more to do, higher mountains to climb. Motto: "The greatest way to do our thing has yet to be

(ii) Live with absolute integrity. This is MOST IMPORTANT.
"If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters."
- Alan K. Simpson

is incredible power in yourself (in the form of the unique human mind - conscious and subconscious ), but far more so in the forces of the Universe. Make them work for you by living your life in harmony with these natural forces. Like positive energy attracts like. Enough "spiritual" thoughts! Back to the "real world" and you...Avoid having a minority complex (Who am I, a 'nothing'?") or be filled with
feelings of self pity ("nobody likes me"), or think "I can't do
it", which will steal your dream. You are special and unique - a 'child of the Universe, of God.'

10. HAVE FUN. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems - don't get too solemn, or serious or too downcast when things go wrong (as they
surely will from time to time). Take a leaf from Thomas Edison's book: "I never did a day's work in my entire life: it was all FUN!" Laugh at life's funny moments, and there are plenty of them.

"The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes, but in liking what one does."
- J.M. Barrie

11. DEVELOP 'THE WILL TO LIVE'. Because there will be plenty of times when you'll face the death of your dream. When failures,
disappointments, criticisms come, you need the will and faith for better days to keep going. Remember: We learn far more from our
failures than our successes, because failures show us what doesn't work. So failure is just one step closer to ultimate success. Often the difference between failure and success is trying just one more time, picking yourself up off the canvas after being knocked down time and again.

12. DEVELOP 'THE WILL TO HELP AND SERVE OTHERS'. Success on its own (i.e., for its own sake) will pollute and corrupt you; it's a 'dead end street', unless you have meaning and significance in your life. The years of struggle breed fortitude and character. The gold may be an inch away from the seam, where your fellow miners have given up. You need to succeed for a reason, a purpose, a cause that's
bigger than you! And IF ("a very big if) you've fulfilled all the above "requirements".

Your dream may even be to help others reach their dreams.

13. ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR OPPORTUNITIES. They are all around you. There are no permanent problems- only solutions, possibilities and opportunities. The Chinese word for 'crisis' means 'danger' + 'opportunity'. Always remember, when you've exhausted all your possibilities, you haven't - there's always another way, a better way... and even more importantly, always another day!

14. IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING, DEVELOP THE 'WILL TO SUCCEED' with absolute commitment. It is not enough to just survive - aim at being the best you can possibly be! Keep your dream big, bold and even "outrageous" - don't water it down or settle for mediocrity, even if others think you are crazy! Trust
in your judgment, your intuition and your creative mind to
overcome any obstacles (and you're sure to come across them). "Be bold and mighty unseen forces come to your aid." (I love that quote by Brian Tracy). Always remember, "What is impossible with man is possible with God" put your
trust in the Creator (Great), the Essence of Life and aim for the heavens, even the stars.
Always remember, God will never give you a dream without your having the capacity (or potential) to see it to fruition.

Also God's dreams are always far bigger than we can envisage (nice big word, eh...or should I have rather said 'imagine'!) ourselves.
"The dreams of great dreamers are not realised, but are surpassed...made FAR BIGGER by the Spirit of the Universe.
"Make (Let) your dreams be big enough for God to fit in."

All we have to do is WORK hard, doing one's very best and TRUST...because with FAITH (great) + ACTION (the faith impels one to the action) ANYTHING is possible.

Listen to the uniqueness of your soul.
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM! Be patient and have faith (GREAT). Don't be in too much of a hurry to achieve your goals and dreams. ("God, please give me patience...but please HURRY. I want it right NOW")

Be persistent and never quit. "Keep on keeping on." As the saying goes, 'Winners never quit and quitters never win.' Have faith: firstly in yourself, your abilities and then in a Higher Power, our Creator, the Source of Life, Who/That wants for you to fulfill yourself through your unique gifts and abilities and then you'll be full of joy. In so doing, you'll reach your full potential as a human 'bean' and be be able to help others and in your own special way to make a difference - a better world.

What would YOU do with your , if you knew you could not possibly fail?

Life is not a dress rehearsal, it's the main event. GO FOR THAT DREAM. A seed of uniqueness, of even "genius" lies within your soul...
and your DESTINY is within YOUR reach.

GOOD LUCK in GOING FOR IT with all you've got...
and most importantly,

ENJOY THE JOURNEY down the rapids of life.

Live, love and be happy

Shared by Craig Lock ("Incorrigible Encourager, Information and Inspiration Distributor" )

"Life is about finding, then following the dream... and
one's dream/vision comes to reality through believing in
yourself, making the commitment and then creating it."
- craig

"Some men see things as they are and say: 'Why?'
I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'"
- George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist, essayist and critic (1856-1950)

"All big men are dreamers.
They see things in the soft haze of a spring day;
or in the red fire of a long winter's evening.
Some of us let great dreams die;
but others nourish and protect them,
nurse them through bad days,
till they bring them to the sunshine and light,
which comes always to those who sincerely hope
that their dreams will come true."

- Woodrow Wilson (1856-1925)
President of the United States (1913-1921)

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the often seemingly difficult or even
'impassible') path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."

"When I let go of what (and who) I think I am, I become all that I can be... and am capable of being."
- craig (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)

Together, one mind at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.

PPS: I love the following quotations, that inspire me daily...

"We make a living by what we get...but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman MacEwan

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr stated, "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase."

"Faith sees the invisible, trusts the incredible and achieves the impossible."

"Faith is the bright light that guides you through the darkness."
- Emmet Fox

Author's Bio: 

About the author:
In his life mission Craig hopes to help, encourage, motivate, uplift and perhaps even inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials. His dream is seeing people finding, striving for the "seemingly impossible" and one day perhaps even realising their personal goals and dreams. and

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