I am convinced that you have to cherish what you have in front of you and get involved for it to grow. If we are not careful, we will end up like a small child who want a special toy. When they got it, they loved it, but eventually get tired and want to immediately have something new.
We have heard that one should not despise a simple beginning. In other words, it means that small steps can be a start of something big. What appears to be an ordinary day, can in fact be a day that will forever change your life. If you look back at your life, you will see that you had a seemingly simple moments, that which later would prove to change your life. What you’re looking for may be just in front of you. It’s just about having an eye to see the potential in the little things in life.
When I studied at college, I was convinced that in the future I would at least make a small impression in the world. I really believed it, but I also wondered about it often. I at least knew what I wanted to do – inspire and be charitable. I wanted to be a history maker and a world shaker. At the time, I didn’t necessarily know what that meant or how that would ever happen.
There are three types of dreams that people have, daydreams, nightmares and real dreams. Daydreaming is a fantasy. Nightmares are anxiety and fear. Real dreams are inspired and pardoned by God. There are four things your dreams do. They push you forward, they give you energy, they give you enthusiasm and they will help you get through difficult moments.
Even when I was in the simplest environments, I dared to think big. My dreams were big and talked to me every day. Although I came from fairly poor background, I had a voice inside me that said, “you can do it! You can do all the things you dream of’. You have no limits.” That voice inside of me helped me to overcome all the obstacles I encountered.
The Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps told me years ago that he dreamed of winning a gold medal as a child. Every day he kept telling himself that there would come a day when he was the best in the world, but not despised the small steps towards that goal. At that time, Phelps did not have the luxury of swimming in heated pools. He trained in which he could practice, even if it was so that what was available was an icy pool with dirty water. While Michael Phelps daily, and sometimes around the clock, trained to reach their goals, were the other children of similar age and slept. Michael Phelps might seem crazy at the time, but today we see that all the hard work paid off. Michael Phelps renunciation of warm nights under the blanket in a safe environment to be the best in the world. As of last night, Michael is the most decorated Olympic athlete of all-time…19 Medals.
Congratulations Michael and the rest of the U.S.A. Olympic team.
“I Would not Say Anything is Impossible. I think That everything is Possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it. “ Michael Phelps