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Motivation for Following the Dream, Part 4: Stay Positive


February 20, 2014 by Jen Cudmore

Over the past few weeks I have been sharing tips for success in reaching a goal (mainly focusing on writing a book). Staying motivated can be tricky. You must be intentional.

Achieving a goal take perseverance. The road to success isn’t quick or easy. You’ll have days when you feel like giving up. But remember that attitude is everything. You can’t rely on your feelings to guide you. How will you respond when obstacles come?

In Part 1, we discussed Staying Organized.

In Part 2, we discussed Staying Inspired.

In Part 3, we discussed Staying Focused.


Stay Positive: Successful people use the power of encouraging thoughts and words.

The power of faith has been proven time and again. Believing in yourself is an important tool in reaching your dream.

The truth is, you can do anything if you try hard enough. My Mama always told me you create your world with your words. It’s your choice: be positive and see good happen, or be negative and live in defeat.

Never say:  I’ll never make it, this is too hard, it’s too much work, I’m too stupid or dumb, I don’t have the right tools, there are too many complications, there is too much stacked against me.

Instead, say these often:  Reaching a dream takes hard work and perseverance, anything is possible if I just believe, I am smart and dedicated, look at how far I’ve come, I can do this, it will be worth it in the end.

Can saying something often enough make it true? Absolutely!

Within reason, of course. I’ll never be full-blooded Japanese, no matter how hard I try. I’ll never be a gold-medalist in the Olympics because I never trained for it. I’ll never be able to go back in time to stop my mother from dying of cancer.

But what I can do is keep a positive attitude on my journey and have faith in a bright future. The Bible says “Everything is possible for those who believe.” (Mark 9:23)

Do you believe?



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