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Achievers are believers: they believe in themselves and in life.

"If you can believe, all things are possible to those who believe."
- Mark 9:23

Achievers are great dreamers (but not "airy-fairey stuff").
What dreams in life would you have, if you knew you could
not possibly fail?

What particular dream would make you happiest in fulfilling?

Firstly, Have total faith: in yourself and especially in God - a
Higher Power, Supreme Being, Who cares deeply about you
and really BELIEVE God, Life, Your Creator will ultimately
ensure the outcome that's best for you (even when things
look bleak and you are stuck deep in the smelly brown stuff.

I've lived these principles (even when my dream appeared
shattered and my hope was at a very low ebb, learnt them
from experience over many years and have applied them in
every area of my personal life. I can vouch for the fact
that they DO work!

The very fact that I've written this article and its been
published around the world was a dream that I had ten years
ago (to reach people around the globe from here in scenic
and tranquil "Sleepy Hollow" near the bottom of the
world)... and that is a 'miracle' considering my personal
circumstances, absolutely no contacts and total lack of
technology skills at the time.

Here are the Fifteen Principles, which I've applied down my
"unchartered journey down the rapids of life". *

* no, more sliding down the "razor-blade of life".

1. Discover the Awesome Power of a Dream.

A vision for the future, that will capture your entire heart
and at the deepest level, your spirit and soul (are they the
same thing, by the way?). Open your mind up to the awesome power of
your creative imagination (the way "God "speaks" to us,
through our subconscious minds, our "Godgate" or "receiving
station from Superior/Infinite Intelligence", I believe).

Allow yourself the courage and freedom to even fantasise
until you get a vision, a dream of what your life could one
day stand for. Meditate deeply, pray, ask God, The Great
Designer, what is your unique "calling in life", your
purpose... and you WILL eventually get the answer... from
the "still quiet voice within" (or your Higher Self).

Where do you find the vision? You could perhaps find it by
looking for people who have hurts and human needs - as per
the secret of success in business is finding a need and
filling it. So find a human problem to solve through the
awesome power of a vision. God will bless you, so that you
in turn can bless others, through sharing your unique gifts.
That way you are helping people, touching other lives and
making a difference in the world. I try to do that through
my words.

2. Your dream must be backed by ACTION.

Achievers are dreamers and DOERS. Take small steps and
you'll find that one step leads to another, then the next.
"Rome wasn't built in a day."

3. Develop a 'God Consciousness'

TRUST, really trust God, the Spirit of the Universe for
the successful outcome to your endeavours. It WILL happen,
though not in your time-frame and according exactly to your
expectations. But always remember, God's dreams are far
bigger than we could ever imagine ourselves.

4. DEVELOP YOUR DESIRE to see the dream come to fruition.

Work on your motivation daily. Allow your Dream to be
at the fore-front of your life, the "core of your being".
It will motivate, inspire and energise you by giving you a
SENSE OF PURPOSE - essential. Only YOU have the power
to kill your dream. Nothing is impossible to the person, whose
vision becomes a dream and when that dream is allowed to
take control over your life. Like an obsession... but strive
for balance (heed that one, Craig).

5. Develop a Success Consciousness, that you will achieve
your dream one day.

It's a positive pattern of thinking, a great attitude/mind-set
to have, which will propel you down the road to success.
Think abundance and prosperity and not lack.... and you
will draw it to yourself from the Universe.

6. Don't surrender to negative assumptions.

Eg."I'm too old, a woman, have no money, no resources,
no contacts". Challenge them. Nothing is impossible to the
person who has the desire to succeed. As the proverb says,
" where there's a will, there's a way".

7. KNOW that there is a God, a Supreme Being

KNOW that there is a God, a Supreme Being (call
Him/Her/It what you will) and that there is is a unique plan
for your life. Listen to God, Spirit, The Ultimate Source
(my favourite term to understand the concept commonly known
as God), or Ground of our Being and it's just up to YOU to
discover it, then declare it - to the world, should you
want. It's your grand purpose in life and God will help you
to fulfil it (as a "co-creator of and collaborator in the
vision"). When you give 100% commitment and fully TRUST,
God will see to it, that your CHOSEN dream comes to pass.
You would never be "given a great dream" through your
IMAGINATION without your having the potential to achieve it.

8. Have a dynamic positive attitude to life.

CHOOSE it. That things will somehow work out for you.

Be flexible in your thinking. Attitude determines your
altitude and more than anything else, I believe, is a vitally
important ingredient in seeing your dreams come to fruition.

9. Really BELIEVE that things will work out for you.

Believe in yourself with honesty and humility....and not
arrogance. It's not being "big-headed" saying things, like
"I am unique, somebody special, I KNOW I can (make a
difference, some impact in this amazing and beautiful world
of ours, etc")!
Doing this demands having a healthy self concept (image).


Look at all the options and check them each day. Obstacles
and presures shift, like sand-storms. Never ever walk away
from problems. Say, "I will until....".

11. Be patient.

Like a good wine, a great dream usually takes many
years to mature and then blossom. When nothing
seems to be happening, don't give up hope. Never.

12. Be open and flexible in your strategies to achieve your
goals, your dream(s).

There are many ways to skin a cat (sorry, SPCA).
If one road on the path to achieving your
dream gets blocked, go round the back way.

If you get stuck on what to do, ask God for the answer on
the path ahead through prayer... and you'll get it through
your creative imagination. It will just pop into your head
from "outer space" (as Thomas Edison once described it).

13. Review your strategy and progress from time to time.

Evaluate your strategies and tactics. How effectively
are you progressing down your chosen path? Are you
getting the results expected and what you desire?
If not, try another approach.

14. Listen to others, really listen, instead of thinking
what you are going to say next (work on that one, Craig).

Think how can I best help the next person. As Zig
Zigler wisely said, "You get what you want, by
helping other people get what they want."

In turn, if you need help with something, don't be afraid to
ASK politely. People like helping others...and everyone has
unique skills and knowledge, that they like sharing.

15. Never Give Up on the Core of your Dream. Never!

Ask yourself this vital question: What are the alternatives to
NOT dreaming it... and only YOU can kill your grand vision..


Then be happy as you travel along the journey of life,
the stair-case to your great dreams...

Craig Lock

Web Design

"When faced with a mountain, I will not quit
I'll keep on striving until I climb over,
Find a path through, tunnel underneath,
Or simply stay and turn my mountain into a gold mine.
I will not quit."

- Rev Robert Schuller, a great inspiration and "mentor" to
me in following my personal dream, what I believe to be my
"calling", my destiny in life.

P.S: Always remember, God's dreams are far bigger than
we could ever imagine ourselves.

Lord, broaden my horizons for all the rich promises you have
in store for me.


Author's Note:
This article was largely based upon a most inspiring address
by the Rev Robert Schuller from the excellent TV program,
The Hour of Power. I have adapted and personalised some of
the information and applied the principles to my own
life...and added some of my own thoughts. Thank you
sincerely, Dr Schuller for sharing your insights and wisdom
and serving as a channel to illuminate God's unlimited love
for all of us, His children of this world.

About the Author:
Craig Lock
"Information and Inspiration distributor"

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