What is the American Dream? This goal is different for each person. For some it may mean becoming an American citizen, while others dream of being a successful business owner or buying a home and sending the kids off to college. Around the globe the American Dream may simply mean a better life, one where the people have a say in the way things are run and there are no late night visits to the door by secret police. At the most basic the American Dream means having a real chance to realize your goals and to create a better life for yourself, no matter what this may involve. Hard work and perseverance are the trademarks that this country was founded on. That dream is still alive today for immigrants, and for those who have the good luck to be born in the country so they are automatically a citizen by birth.
In this remarkable time for the world, I refuse to believe it's time to stop believing in the possibilities of our remarkable country. I refuse to accept the downsizing of the American Dream. I refuse to bet against American entrepreneurial spirit and American ingenuity. The competition's tough, and it requires us to be tougher - tough-minded, never hard hearted
We believe that what matters most is not narrow appeals masquerading as values, but the shared values that show the true face of America not narrow values that divide us, but the shared values that unite us family, faith, hard work, opportunity and responsibility for all, so that every child, every adult, every parent, every worker in America has an equal shot at living up to their God-given potential. That is the American dream and the American value.
For some of you it's hard enough to find out what your heart desires, you don't need people to discourage you once you know what are your dreams and the steps that you need to take to achieve them. Sometimes you have a clear idea of your passion and dreams, and sometimes you just know the next step that you need to take and see where it leads you. It may just be taking a class to see if you like it, or you know that you want to have a business and so you start dong the steps towards it. Be aware of your friends and family, a lot of them know you since you were little and so they think they know who you are and they think they have the right to tell you what to do. They have the right to give their opinion and you have the right to keep your projects to yourself if you think their opinion will be negative. A lot of them don't mean wrong, they are just not thinking before talking they don't know the power of words, and that one word from them can discourage you completely from attaining your dreams. So choose wisely who you want to share your dreams with, who you want to share your creative ideas with, and who you want to open your heart to. We are not in a physical war it is a spiritual one and as long as you know who and what you are fighting against than you will achieve your dreams in God's timing.
It doesn't matter where you come from, which family you were born from, who are the people that are surrounding you, where do you live, what is your financial situation, you can be in the desert, by yourself completely with little water and little sun, and still you can bloom like a nice beautiful flower. In other words what matters is you. Your beliefs, your dreams, your goals, you as a person, that's what really matters for God. You are going to ask me, "its's not enough me, who am I to be successful like the ones that I look up to. I can never be like that singer, or that inspirational coach, or like that real estate guru." And I will tell you:" you can be whoever you want to be. You are in a form of a seed, and the ones that inspires you and are successful are already in a form of a flower. They were looking like you, like a simple small seed easy to crash and easy to loose, but they did the actions, and they believed in their dreams, and if you look where they come from...a lot of them were from the bottom..just like you. You can choose to do the work and follow the steps they did to become a beautiful flower, and be successful or you can choose to not do anything and not believe in your dreams and be that seed that will never grow; stay in the dirt and maybe lost forever. It's your life, you have to own it, you have to look into your heart see what is it longing for, listen to that inside voice that is telling you what are the next steps to achieve your small and big goals. And feed it, feed that seed of your dreams, give it the water and the sun it needs. If you are lucky you will have friends and family to support you, but if you are in the desert and you don't feel anyone will understand your dreams then information is out there now to grab what you need and self-learn, you can go to seminars, take classes, make connections..there are so many open doors you just got to make the decision to enter in them. Also, change your beliefs, make them positive, hopeful and strong, have faith that God is standing next to you when no one else is, and have faith that He will pour the water and give you what you need if he sees your doing the work. Whatever excuses you are giving yourself not to follow your dreams, is just a wall that you put around yourself and this attitude will never set you free. Break free, work on yourself, follow the ones that inspires you, do what they did, a lot of times you don't need to reinvent the wheel, you only need to start; making the decisions that one day you will become a flower and that you will start today doing the first step toward it.
When we look at a tree, we overlook how long it took to grow, to become strong, to have leafs, and to be fruitful. Why are we expecting when we start working toward our goals for us to grow fast magically and produce fruits that people would want to eat from. It takes time, it takes a lot of digging first, a lot of dirt work, to plant the seed and than it takes a lot of water, a lot of good food, a lot of nutrition and a lot of sun. If one of those ingredients are missing the tree will not grow strong and standing tall and mighty. So how do you measure if you are growing in a good rhythm not too slow and not too fast. By how you feel. If you feel happy everyday and feel right about what you do toward your goals than you are already successful and you are growing strong. Also, if you see the growth within; meaning you feel each day you have learned something new, or you have become aware of something you were not aware of before..when you see spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual growth each day in your life, than keep doing what you are doing, you are in the right path and you only need now to be patient. But if you do actions and it doesn't feel right, you feel you are not learning anything knew anymore, you feel like you are stuck in a dead-end, you don't feel happy in the morning, you don't feel any growth, than you need to change your goals, or the direction that you are taking; the steps and actions that you are taking. Always reevaluate what you are doing everyday and see if it's leading you to a growth or to stagnation. May God give you wisdom and lead you to the right path for your happiness, strength and success.
Who do you love? What do you love? Who do you live for? Take the time to answer those questions in writing, you probably have thought about them a thousand times, but when you stop and take the time to write the answers, you will be more clear about the next steps you need to take to get to achieve your goals and dreams. Be clear about what your heart desires and who it is living for and you will be clear about your destination.