Dreams Worth Chasing & Dreams You Need To Let Go Of
Having a dream never hurt anyone. However, curbing expectations can lead to more happiness in the long run. Balancing big dreams with practical planning is an essential ingredient to success. This introduction probably sounds like a whole lot of contradictions. Hopefully, these categories will break it down to make sense. Here is the difference between healthy dreaming and unhealthy obsessions.
Friendly Competition Versus Jealousy
There is nothing wrong with competition. Using a role model to drive yourself for success works very well in many different situations. However, this can lead to problems. Measuring success directly against someone else can lead to stress, anxiety, and jealousy. Always strive to be better, but don't measure your success against the success of others. Everyone has a different journey, and beyond a little motivation, intense comparisons aren't healthy.
Hardworking Versus Overworking
There is only a finite amount of time in a day to achieve our goals. Using this time wisely and pushing yourself beyond the call of duty can lead to fantastic results. If you want something badly enough, you must go all out and put the work in. However, there is a time to rest and a time to reflect on other things in life. Neglecting family, your health, and hobbies, to achieve your dreams, is cutting off your nose to spite your face. If you can't enjoy other things in life due to your success, you are living to work and then working until you die. Know when to put your nose to the grindstone to work, and when to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Prestige Versus Fame
I honestly believe that if someone wants something bad enough, they can do it. Maybe not exactly the way they envision at first, but in some form or fashion. If you want to be an actor, you can carve out a nice niche. Study the craft, work your way up the call sheet, and maybe even become immortalized on film. However, if you are only happy with being the next Leonardo DiCaprio or Jennifer Lawrence, you may be in for a world of hurt. Sure, having that drive to be a huge movie star can't hurt because they have to find them somewhere. However, you must realize that that level of stardom requires things beyond talent. Sometimes you need to be lucky and catch the eye of all the right people to achieve that level of success. I'm not counting anyone out, just telling everyone that being the face on the movie poster isn't the only way to measure an actor's success.I believe everyone should put everything they have into their dreams. However, delusion and overreaching can squash a potentially impressive career or hobby before it ever gets started. Keep yourself in check, and always remember to reflect on the finer things in life.