How Not To Be Dissuaded When Pursuing Your Dreams

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” ~Erma Bombeck

"Do all you can to make your dreams come true." (Image source:

“Do all you can to make your dreams come true.” (Image source:

When we have dreams or are aspiring to achieve a goal, notice that sometimes those who try to discourage you (intentionally or otherwise) are also the ones within your immediate circle: family members, friends, even colleagues.

It feels bad, right? After all, they’re the ones who should support you and whatever it is you want to accomplish.

But let’s face it: when we’re so caught up in an idea, it’s easy to convince ourselves it’s going to work. Allow those third parties to say what’s on their mind, make comments, and even dissuade you from going all the way. If there’s a consistent pattern in what they’re saying, such as hearing more “nays” than “yays,” then sit up and take note. Their chorus might hold water after all.

If your idea is viable, but needs a little tweaking or a Plan B, work on those suggestions and move forward.

My point is, when we are in circumstances where our nearest and dearest seem to disagree with us, we have two choices:
• Stew and arbor ill feelings toward them and risk creating enmity, OR
• Think of those people as “third parties” who are there to challenge you and how decided you are in pursuing your dreams.


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