Keep The Faith

This week we saw thousands of heartfelt tributes to our past president, Scientist and an amazing human being – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Apart from a recap of his glorious life across various media channels, one of his quotes that stuck to my mind was ‘Dreams is not what you see in sleep, a dream is something that does not let you sleep.’ I go a step further and say that if your dreams do not scare you, then they are not big enough. Apart from your dream which is the good part, sleepless nights are also filled with self doubt, fear and discouragement which come as a byproduct when you think of achieving that dream.
And what distinguishes great leaders from the rest? It is their ability to wade through the pool of self doubt, negativity and fear. Lastly, what fuels this ability? A little faith. Ok, not little but a LOT of faith  Chasing your dream requires a leap of faith and you need that faith every step of the way. Faith is a deeply held belief that pushes and compels a person to move forward to reach for their dreams. For dreamers who lack this belief, it is going to be tough for them to achieve anything.
Why do I say that? Because your dreams are going to be criticized, doubted and ridiculed from the very start. If you give in to these demons, then it is the end of the road for you. Our strong faith in ourselves and our ideas keep us going when everyone else throws in the towel or when it seems that the end has arrived, and we should give up on our venture and shut it down. However, somewhere deep down there is a beacon of hope that there is a solution and we only need to keep trying. The hope that we will achieve our dream and the confidence that this ‘dream’ does actually exist, even though we have not yet felt it. Similar to why a farmer sows a seed? With the hope to enjoy the harvest, It is all to do with faith.
The first seeds of faith are more of inspirations you draw from success stories around you, particularly entrepreneurs who will vouch for faith as their magic beans in their journey. Their outcomes especially, are very appealing to us. These seeds slowly grow in you, and there comes a time when you see a dream so big that it would not let you sleep at night. And voila! Our friend faith is right there to help you act on it. All entrepreneurs have one thing in common- they along with their businesses are what they are because of a leap of faith they took. Faith inspires you to reach for the stars and motivates you to act. Faith is not the final destination but the first step and a constant companion in your path to achieve your dreams. If you really want to achieve something that you have never achieved before and you are ready to take the leap of faith. Then be grateful for the spark that has ignited this action and enjoy it.

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