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Let’s talk about dreams. Everyone has a dream. No, I’m not talking about the ones that happen when you’re asleep! But the desires that you have deep within your heart bursting to take flight.

Not everyone may have the motivation, wherewithal or know-how to see their dreams come true in record time, but Rome was not built in a day. The first step is knowing what you want and having a plan. Write it down in detail, stick it up where you can see it, say it aloud, believe and declare that you are going to make it happen and the stars will all align to grant you your wishes in the right timing.

Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We allow negative thoughts to get the better of us. We allow toxic people to get the better of us. We can’t quiet the “noise” – the self-doubts, the past hurts, disappointments, failures, rejections, insecurities, criticisms. We let the past affect our future, without being truly “present for the present” for all it’s worth.

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Why? Perhaps because it’s easier. Because it’s all we know. Because it gives a false sense of security to believe this is how things are supposed to be, because it prevents us from taking risk. But sometimes you have to risk big to enjoy HUGE gains.

In life nothing comes easily. Even if you get it easy for the first half of your life, something’s gotta give sooner or later. All areas of your life would not be the same. I admit that I used to think like this. I still get things fairly easy which I can only credit to my strong belief system from whence all good things in my life comes, but there are some aspects of my life that are still a challenge.

If you get settled in your comfort zone thinking everything in life will always come easy, once day you will get a rude awakening! So suck it up, condition your mind for change, forget the blame game, forget seeking validation from others, be flexible, strive to be the best YOU can possibly be and work, work, work! Believe in yourself, your talents and abilities and have unending faith. One day you will realize the universe is opening ways and means to give your dreams wings.

You don’t have to be perfect to be a success, but a pure heart and a pure mind always gets what’s theirs. Your intentions must align with the greater sphere of helping others and giving back what you have been so graciously blessed with.

You hold the power within you to do GREAT things. To break down barriers, to set new records, to surpass your wildest expectations and the expectations others had of you. You may stumble and have lots of falls, you may get lots of negative feedback, those close to you may not support you, you may even hit rock bottom, but remember your dreams will never die.

Once you nurture it and stay committed to seeing it through to the end, this is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. Fulfillment, joy, peace, happiness and abundance will be yours forever.

Carolyn K. Correia is the author of Thinking out Loud and How To Find Yourself and Claim What’s Yours. She is also a communications consultant, freelance writer, blogger and motivational speaker. Connect with her on the web: www.carolyncorreia.com or Facebook – CarolynCorreiaAuthor.

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