Today’s entry serves as my own inner inspirational dialogue regarding my dreams for Season of Shadows. Whether you have Halloween aspirations like mine (to pursue my vision of Halloween while making a generous living from this site and giving back to others) or not, I believe the following is applicable toward any goal.
While Season of Shadows, on the surface, is all about Halloween (and ghosts); underneath it’s a turbocharged engine fueled by ever expanding dreams. You see, I’m the type of person who still believes in Santa Claus. Scratch that. I’m the type of person who knows Santa Claus exists – not the man in the red suit, but the notion — the spirit and the essence.
That very essence is the representation of dreams and the unwavering faith we had as children. We didn’t give up on our dreams because they were impossible. Nothing is impossible. Instead, we gave up on them because we allowed someone else to convince us they were unachievable. I say to hell with that noise! Without dreams (no matter what they consist of) and without the white hot desire to take action toward achieving them; in the process never taking no for an answer, life is an empty shell.
Have you ever wanted to accomplish something so badly you could taste it? But even the imagined taste wasn’t the end of it? After swallowing the object of your desire, its succulent juices ooze out through every pore in your body and you begin to reek of your aspirations. Your skin burns like fire from the intensity of your desire laden sweat and you are inspired into doing whatever is necessary to bring it to fruition. In my opinion, that’s the type of inflamed passion required to accomplish your dreams.
There must be an impetus to follow your dreams wherever they may lead (minus self-imposed conditions); down any fear laden tunnel, over every uncomfortable bridge and through all avenues of uneasiness. Passion must be accompanied by ignoring fear and pressing on beyond your comfort zones.
You are an unstoppable force when you combine inflamed passion with definitiveness; a rock-solid, unwavering belief in your self; the understanding that sacrifices must be made; the power of giving back and tenacious, persistent action.
If you want it, you have to go after it again, and again and again and again. Failure is never an option! As for how to deal with those who have lost the belief in themselves and the belief in achieving their own dreams: lead by your own example and never, ever let their attitude or behavior influence you.
I find the following quotes (somewhat paraphrased) to be extremely inspirational:
Keenen Ivory Wayans, from the HBO documentary ‘The Blacklist’: “If you make certain you have something to fall back on while simultaneously working on your dreams – you’re going to fall.”
Richard Branson: “If you’re not doing what you love [and what you’re passionate about], you should not be doing it.”
Russell Simmons: “The only reason dreams are never achieved is because people give up — plain and simple.”
Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
Hernando Cortez: “Burn the boats!” The historic conqueror inspired his troops to win the battle (on “enemy” soil) by burning their own ships. If they wanted to get home, they had to obtain the enemies’ boats. Guess what? They won the battle. What excuses do we use to keep us afloat, but apart from achieving our dreams?
The following two-part video contains a great deal of truth and inspiration. I watch it at least once a week.
Video source: You Tube user PrimeauProductions