What film is playing on your screen?

By Tosha Johnson | Detour

Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

I immediately fell in love with this quote because it reaffirms what has been instilled in me since childhood—you are what you think. As a child, we have all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up. However, somewhere along the way many lose that zeal and drive we once had to pursue those dreams and turn them into reality. Why?

As we grow older, we allow outside influences (i.e. family members, circumstances, etc.) to persuade us into believing that perhaps our dreams were not meant to be achieved. This could not be further from the truth! You have the power to change the channel if you are not enjoying the current attraction.

Too many fail to do so because we allow our previews to be dominated by the following emotions:

Fear

Fear is a distasteful emotion that destroys dreams. A single fear can easily control us as well as create a domino effect of frustration, stress, worry, and discouragement—all of which will keep us from seeking and fulfilling our dream. On the flip side, some fear success because they are afraid of not being able to retain what they have gained. In order to prevent apprehension from stealing your dream, you must admit to your fears. There is no shame in admitting you are afraid. To conquer fear we must acknowledge its presence, identify the cause and begin the process of defeating fear before it mutates into frustration.

In order to prevent apprehension from stealing your dream, you must admit to your fears. There is no shame in admitting you are afraid. To conquer fear we must acknowledge its presence, identify the cause and begin the process of defeating fear before it mutates into frustration.

Frustration

Frustration keeps us from performing to the best of our ability. Dreams that were once a foundation in your life will fall by the wayside if frustration is left unchecked. Frustration will interfere with as well as destroy our dreams. It can fill our minds with stress as well as limit our ability to calm down so we can take the necessary risk needed in order to move forward in life; thereby, causing us to experience stress.

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Stress

Stress causes us to lose focus of the big picture—our dream. Stress divides your mind whereby your decisions are not logical and profitable. Before long you will be unable to see the point in pursuing your dream because you have allowed yourself to wallow in your negative thinking. You only hurt yourself when you overlook the power of stress.

Worry

We should not automatically panic when we encounter an obstacle. Always remember that there is no such thing as instant gratification. This will help you to remain patient and concentrate. We can conqueror our negative emotions by not allowing frustration and stress to mutate into something bigger. It is understandable that we tend to become afraid or concerned when we experience a major setback or make a big mistake.

We must not allow these obstacles to cause us to worry whereby we lose our focus and determination to achieve success. Worrying will destroy our self-esteem and keep us tied down whereby we allow our preview in life to be dominated by negative thoughts and ideas. However, we must not allow these obstacles to cause us to worry whereby we lose our focus and determination to achieve success. Worrying will destroy our self-esteem and keep us tied down whereby we allow our preview in life to be dominated by negative thoughts and ideas.

Discouragement

Discouragement is a destructive emotion that encompasses all of the above negative emotions to the extent that it destroys your courage and zeal to fulfill your dream. It stems from disappointment, which is bound to affect everyone at some point and time throughout life. Although disappointments are inevitable, you do not have to make the choice of allowing your disappointments to discourage you from achieving your dreams.

Allowing your previews in life to be dominated by a negative emotion like discouragement can destroy our chief goal in life by making our thoughts void of the knowledge and wisdom needed to fulfill our dream. We become trapped in the quest of trying to decide what the best direction is to take and fail to make any decision at all. Therefore, causing us not to wholeheartedly make an honest assessment of our situation whereby we would be able to make the correct decision.

 

Have you become so engulfed in completing your responsibilities (i.e. working, taking care of family, etc.) that you are often left wondering, “Where did the time go?” “Why haven’t I been able to [insert dream not achieved]? No one desires to live a life full of would’ve, could’ve or should’ve and yet so many people find themselves in this predicament. If you do not take time out to think about what it is that you want, you will without a doubt feel like you missed out on life.

Regardless, of how busy you are it is imperative that you take time out to decide which “film” you want to play next. You have to make sure your previews will not hinder you from enjoying one of the most sought after films many should and need to add to their collection—success.

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About the Author

Hey, I'm Tosha! I'm a digital marketing strategist who creates empowering courses and workshops to help you to soar to new heights online. If you have any questions, please feel free to book a 15-minute appointment with me right here When I'm not online, I lead an extremely active lifestyle in the Windy City. I enjoy learning languages (hablo español), teaching English, running, biking, boxing, and Krav Maga are my jam! :) Are we connected? If not, let's fix that right now!

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