“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
— Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite author/philosophers. His books have been read world-wide. Two of my favorites are THE ALCHEMIST and THE ZAHIR. He constantly revisits the importance of faith, focus, persistence and chasing your dreams.
“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”
— Paulo Coelho
The is a lot to be said about using a laser focus to achieve your dreams. When writing a novel, I have to set aside all distractions and focus for days, weeks, months on end to get to the goal. And that is just the first draft. I have literally forged ahead for years with only a dream of being a published author in my sight, with no idea how to take the next step. The actual publishing of the book has taken on a magical, mystical aspect. Serendipity is a word that is revered around here.
“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
— Paulo Coelho (Brida)
When we stray from our goal, lose our faith and focus, we build the obstacles that appear in front of us. The overused cliche is a “self-fulfilling prophesy.” If you want to achieve your dreams you must never lose sight of them. It is okay to misstep, to make mistakes. It is through the mistakes that we learn and grow.
My friend Jon likes to say “You have to start with a ‘why.'” Why do you do what you do? What is your ultimate dream? Is it a new car, a new house, financial stability, falling in love? Visualize what it is that you desire most. Do it every day. Take another step on the path. If you have faith, focus, and persistence, your dream will surely follow.