What is realistic?? Tips on pursuing your dreams!

What is “Realistic”?

That's me in the overalls and glasses!!

What is realistic?

What is realistic? This is MY reality.
People told Eyen she was too short and different to be a model…

This is Eyen now...Is this realistic?? Well it's real now!

Is this realistic?

Here are some of the tools that we have used to make our dreams come true:

Reading (some suggestions):

  • The Secret
  • The Alchemist
  • The Celestine Prophesy
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • Religious Books; Bible, Quran, Talmud, Teachings of Buddha, Bhagavad Gita etc
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Power of Positive Thinking

Be Active

  • Run
  • Yoga
  • Sports
  • Walking

Write your vision and make it clear:

WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS!!!! Write it down so that you are clear about what you want and what you are working for. Make sure you look at this EVERYDAY!! Its important to look at your dreams a goals because your dreams are attainable especially if you write your goals in a way that you can see yourself moving towards them.

Let’s say your dream is to be a world renowned doctor who finds the cure to cancer. If that is the case there are steps that you must take to get in the running for such a feat. Start with a 5 year plan, which would mean that if you didn’t already go to school for a related undergrad degree you would need to get into a great university or, if you did get a related undergrad degree you would need to get into a great top medical school… which would mean that your 5 year goal would be to be in a top medical school with great grades. Which would mean you would need strong yearly goals; so if you are in undergrad one of your yearly goals might be to have a 4.0 GPA… which would mean you would need to set monthly goals like getting A’s on all papers and exams each month, or that you will have perfect attendance for the month of November etc… all of which would lead you to make weekly goals… so perhaps you would set a weekly goal to stay after class to ask questions at least 3 times a week, or spend 20 hours studying a week etc… Which finally lead you to daily goals, that might consist of waking up at 6:30 in the morning to have time to study and go to class, or you might have a goal to simply stay off of Facebook the day of a test. The important this is to have a clear goal and set smaller incremental goals that build up to the larger vision over time. Not only will you be productive but you will feel good about making your dreams real… because that is exactly what you are doing!

Vision Board:

A collection of images made into a collage to help you visualize the things you want in life. Should be done every  6 months so that you can see your dreams and goals… Look at it every day with appreciation and you will see these things come into your life!! Having a detailed vision board that is related to your larger vision, will help you to see and remember why you are working so hard!

Know your fears, face them and take control… JUST DO IT!!!

You should know your fears just as well as your goals. Sometimes our fears are obvious to us but often the fears that are most detrimental to our goals, are the fears that we are unaware of. If you are having a hard time getting something done, starting a task that you know is important to you, or just purely feeling “lazy” and don’t know why… it’s often because of FEAR!! Ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?” and listen/watch for the answer because you will soon get your answer. Then it is up to you to confront your fear and carry out whatever it is that you know you should do but “don’t feel like it”.

Positive Lifestyle:

  • Positive Friends
  • Positive Conversations
  • Positive Thoughts
  • Personal Affirmations: Ex “I accept my greatness”

Apply the tools above and ask yourself (WRITE DOWN) this question…

What Are You Willing To Give Up To Get The Things You REALLY Want In Life?

These are just a few tips to start pursuing your dreams! It can be tough road but if you keep seeking your true self and the higher power that you believe in and there is NOTHING that you cannot achieve!!!!!

More of what I have been reading lately… Paulo Coelho

Truth be told I have slowed down on my reading lately… perhaps over the summer I went on reading over load… In fact I really cannot even remember what order I read any of them! One thing is for sure every book has literally changed my life!!! I actually think that I read each one of these books at an appointed time, a time where I was ready to recieve the message. I tell my friends that if the book doesnt jump out to you and call you; then dont worry about it maybe it’s not time to read it. Perhaps you came across this post for the same reason, maybe one of the books below will call out to you, if so I hope you follow your intution to read it because if read any of the following books with any amount of understanding, they WILL change your life for the better.

First up The Alchemist The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho– As some of you may know I wrote about reading my first Coelho book back in March (By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept), which to this day is one of my all time favorite books!! I mean wow, what an intoroduction to this amazingly  expressive writer whom uncovers spiritual truths in the most universal and approcahable ways. With that said, I knew that I had to read his most famous book The Alchemist. True, it is one of those books that EVERY one should read simply because its mainstream popularity… one should always try to know the books that are so widely referenced to. But beyond that, I found that I came to this book at a time in my life when I needed to be reminded to set aside my fear of the unknown. The Alchemist reminded me that we all have a journey into the unknown towards our greatest hopes, a knowing that weighs on our very souls, a dream, a “personal legend” that we must all seek, despite our own fears and reservations. This book reminded me that, and even this very moment, alerts me to remember that, we all can be tempted to stop and rest when we are on that journey, thinking that perhaps the small successes and comfortable living is enough. But to not be deceived, that even that is still a far cry from the larger reward that awaits us after the long and faithful journey. Months later after reading it, I try to reflect on the lessons that The Alchemist teaches… it being such a quick and insightful read I might have to read it every few months now that I think about! If the above sparks your interest or if you find you are afraid of taking on a commitment to a long awaited dream; read the Alchemist to spark your hope and optimism, you will definitely find your yourself inspired yet again.

Naturally after reading two amazing books by Coelho I wanted to read more, next I came across The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho, although this book has MANY spiritual lessons, this book is quite different from the first two, in that this book Coelho is telling a story from what he says are all his own very personal real life experiences. Once I read that he says that everything in the book actaully happend to him, I was like ok wow this dude doesn’t play around when it comes to the supernatural! From angels to witches and rituals in the middle of the desert, you might be be wondering what you got yourself into! In the end, I realized that it was time to start to push the boundaries of my own spiritual asking… perhaps I do have angels and guides that walk with me? Perhaps in acknowledging them,  I really should start to refer to them personally, asking for help and direction? Coelho doesnt stop there, not only does he bare his soul, he lays out his thoughts about his wife, marriage and monogamy, giving insight to what men really think when their relationship is hanging in the balance. One thing is for sure, Coelho has no no qualms about letting it all out, he is very intimate with his readers in everything that he writes; and I believe it is that kind of vulnerability that has allowed him to become one of the most influential authors of our time.

Although I have read other books in between, in staying with the list of Coelho books that I read this summer, his last book I read was  The Fifth Mountain,  a fictional story about the biblical prophet Elijah. Although most may know the story of Elijah from the bible, Coelho, tells this story from the relatable viewpoint of what any human being would be thinking in Elijah’s situation, a veiw point rarely so candidly shared in the bible. Although this was probably my least favorite book of his so far, I have to say that this was one of the first books I have ever read that actually had me shrieking out loud wondering what would happen next! Even as my least favorite of his books, it was the kind of book that at times, I literally didn’t want to put down until I knew what was going to happen next! If you have read the story of Elijah or have interest in the prophets, I highly recommend this book. Further more, if you have ever felt that God has called on you at any point in your life, this story will certainly help you to feel that you are not alone in your thoughts and reservations to go the other way. Even though I didnt take to this book like the others The Fifth Mountain STILL makes me tear up! Cant be too bad if it did all that! In fact, Im staring to think that all his books are a must read for any one who is on the path less taken, seeking their destiny.

I have some more thoughts on about 8 more books that I read recently but in realizing that its now 4:30am in the morning… I will keep this post to this nice list of Coelho reads… PLEASE  SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH ME! I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT COELHO BOOKS YOU ARE READING AND WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THE ABOVE 🙂

GOOD NIGHT/MORNING! oh yeah and MERRY CHRISTMAS