Live Your Dream
By Michael Angier
I've always been fascinated by dreamers. And making dreams come true
for myself and for others is what my life is about.
When I was in my teens, I started to think seriously about where I
wanted my life to go. Like many young people, I had visions of doing
something significant. I also knew that most people abandon their dreams.
So I promised myself that I would never give up trying, no matter what
difficulties might come.
And the difficult times did come--some of them more painful than I
could have imagined. But I kept my promise. I've never given up. I've been
blown out of the sky several times, but I've always been able to put
things back together and lumber down the runway to bluer skies.
My greatest fear had always been that I might reach the end of my life
and feel that I hadn't fulfilled my purpose …that I hadn't made a
lasting difference in the world. I no longer have this fear, but I'm still
driven to make the most of my talents, my experiences and my resources.
During my 30 years of personal development research, I've seen many
people … good people, hard-working people, and talented people, not
experience the success they deserved.
They were not failing. They were just no longer willing to go for the
best that's within them. They had good intentions, but somewhere along the
line they got disheartened and gave up on themselves. They let their
dreams slip away.
It was out of my commitment and this concern, as well as my own
failings, that I started Success Net. What I try to do with my writing and
with this network is to coach people to be their best … personally and
professionally. No professional athlete would consider competing without a
coach. And yet, few people have a coach for the game of life.
Coaches challenge and motivate the player. A good coach will help the
athlete develop a game plan and create accountability for following that
And we all need a game plan … a plan for a balanced, value-driven,
principle-centred life. I believe that happiness is a result of
continually striving toward worthwhile objectives while also enjoying and
appreciating what is here and now. It's a paradoxical balance struck
between what I call "inspirational dissatisfaction" and
By investing the time and energy to get clear on our values and life
purpose, by defining and articulating what we really want from all areas
of our life, and then consistently acting on our objectives, we will live
a successful life.
This kind of work isn't easy. It requires deep thinking and honest soul
searching. It's not something you do in an afternoon. It demands constant
focus and attention. Unless you're the architect of your life, you're at
the affect of everything and everyone you encounter. It's something with
which we all need help.
My passion is helping people discover, develop and fulfil their dreams.
In the process, I fulfil my own.
I take great joy in supporting people and organizations to consistently
create excellence. To participate in the development and realization of a
dream is, for me, to walk on holy ground. By living our dreams, we give
birth to things that never would have been, but more importantly, we
become more of who we are in the process.
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