Almost each one of us has dreams of who we want or wanted to become and achieve in our lives. But as we grow older, our dreams slowly fade due to the challenges of this life, and eventually, we give up on them.
Despite all the challenges of life, the main reason why we give up on our dreams is due to a lack of belief (faith) in our ability to achieve the dreams that we have. For our dreams to become a reality we need to believe that there are possible, even if we don’t know how. In fact, we need to be so sure of this belief to the extent that even if anything happens in our life against this belief, we will keep on believing in our dreams until they become a reality.
But if you ask most of the people who have given up on their dreams, they will tell you that at first, they used to believe in their dreams, but due to failure and the reality of the kind of environment we are surrounded with, they ended up with another belief which tells them that their dreams are not realistic and achievable.
Just to make you understand how much our belief system affects our life, here is an example.
THE 4-MINUTE MILE
Prior to May 6th 1954, no one had ever run a 4-minute mile. The general consensus around the world was that it was physically impossible. Experts stated that the human body was “incapable of it.” They even went as far as to insist that “his lungs may explode and he would certainly die.”
This belief rang true for decades, and during this time hundreds of athletes continued to fail to break through this barrier.
On May 6th 1954, Rodger Bannister ran the miracle. By doing this, he didn’t only break a world record, but he broke a limiting belief in the minds of hundreds of athletes. The four-minute mile was now possible.
In the following years, the power of belief showed. As athletes trained and had a new achievable goal, more and more of them began to break the 4-minute mark.
Fast forward to the present day, running a four-minute mile is now commonplace.
When you have the will & believe you can do something, you are going to do it. Simple as that.
That’s why, especially here in Africa, it is hard for most people to achieve their dreams because we have been taught to believe that there are some things we cannot do. That is why you will find some people confirming this belief by saying things like, “whites are intelligent” meaning that they are some things that only white people can do.
While in a real sense, even though we may look different as human beings. We were all created with the same potential and all we need is to just believe that all things are possible to those who believe.