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Dreams | Chapter 1 from “Success in 50 Steps” by Michael George Knight | Bestbookbits Book Giveaway

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INTRODUCTION

After first being introduced to personal development through the audio
series Get the Edge by Anthony Robbins, I was hooked. Spending the next
decade devouring book after book, audio after audio, video after video, I
became a serious student creating book summaries that led me to build the
world’s largest free book summary website in written, video and audio
format bestbookbits.com. I spent many years taking detailed notes of the
videos and audio programs I listened to. I set about compiling and
organising the information into a 300-page quote book solely for myself
that I did not publish. After continuous study and practice, I uncovered a
formula sorting through all the information on personal development and
organised them into this book.

I spent the next 13 years researching, practicing, teaching, and refining
the steps to personal success, and now I bring you the complete guide to
making your dreams a success. The book is a personal journey that invites
the reader to answer questions that are unique to each individual. This book
is designed not only to educate and inspire you but also to be a workbook
that you can use and come back to from time to time in your life to see your
growth and the changes you have created.

From the beginning of the book, we uncover together your unique
dreams, passions, desires, and purpose and create exciting goals for your
life. We then go deep into mindset, exploring the inner world of the mind
such as thoughts, beliefs, attitude, and gratitude and then focusing on the
work required to turn your dreams into reality through change, actions, and
habits. Learning about health, happiness, and self-love along the way.

Growing into the new you, overcoming fear and pushing past failure,
developing the motivation and courage not to quit, developing persistence
and discipline. Then finally winning: getting the result, money, and success
you dreamt of. This book will inject new energy into your life by getting
you more involved in the direction of your life and into the game of life and
as a bonus effect become the best version of yourself.

Becoming the best version of yourself and making positive changes in
your life are the best gifts you can give to people and the world. Changing
your environment for the better starts with changing you for the better.
Make your dreams a reality and live a life of your own design.

CHAPTER 1
Dream It

I want to you take a moment and go back to a point in your life whether that
be 5, 10, or 20 years ago. Reflecting on the life you have now and seeing
the things that were once a dream come true, look around you and think
about how the things you have in your life were once dreams, and now they
are a reality. This should give you confidence knowing that you do have the
power to make your dreams come true, whatever they may be, big or small;
know that the life process is a growth process.

Now, after reflecting on your past and the journey you have made so far, I
want you to fast-forward your life and add 10 years to your age. So if you
are 30 you are 40, if you are 40 you are 50. Now picture all the dreams you
have in your mind right now, how you want your future to be, and pretend
for a moment all of them have come true. You are on a holiday somewhere
exotic by the poolside relaxing, reflecting on how far you have come in the
last 10 years and having achieved all that you set out to achieve. You have
the career of your dreams, the relationship, family, friends, all the toys,
house, and possessions you dreamt of. What does that look like, and how
does it feel? Really take the time to visualise in your mind. What does it
look like, and how does it feel? Take a minute to picture yourself at that
moment.

Exercise: Write your future story.

The purpose of this exercise is to get you thinking about your dreams and
injecting belief into them. You don’t want to end up like the unfortunate
many who wind up on their deathbeds looking back with regret that they
didn’t live the life they dreamt of. Instead, you want to be focused on living
the life of your dreams so you won’t be burdened by the regrets in the
future when it’s all too late.

As Jim Rohn said, ‘We must all suffer from one
of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is
discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.’

Dream big

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and
endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
—Henry David Thoreau

The truth is most dreams do come true, but most of those dreams are
small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Most people aim
small and hit and then stop aiming. Let me explain. If you achieve your
small dreams, then you only reach the low heights of life and join the crowd
of the average mediocre. There’s nothing wrong with the mindset of the
average or mediocre crowd, but I suspect you wouldn’t be reading this book
if you didn’t hold massive dreams.

Because most people have the habit of thinking small, they in turn dream
small and don’t accomplish much in their life. Most people dream small and
reach their dreams, never realising that it wasn’t defeat that kept them
down, but it was success on a small scale that kept them from aiming high. I
don’t want to be a Debbie Downer and downgrade your dreams and
aspirations, but in reality, no one really cares if you have X amount of
money in the bank, where you live, what you have, and where your last
holiday was. At the end of your life, society will judge you by the person
you were, what you accomplished, what you gave, and the contributions
you made.

Develop the habit of increasing the size of your dreams by thinking
bigger. It all starts with you and your thoughts, and you are the only one
who can think for you; no one else can. Start by upgrading your dreams to a
ridiculous level and then some. There is no limit to dreams – only limits in
your thinking. Your thinking is the ceiling of the heights of your dreams. As
Grant Cardone said, ‘10X your dreams.’ Stretch your thoughts as we don’t
lack the capacity to think; we only lack the imagination to dream. By
practicing the habit of dreaming big, you start to unlock the power of your
subconscious mind to come up with ways to make this a reality. Start today
by giving more attention to the size of your dreams and thoughts by
thinking abundantly rather than scarcely.
Giving life to your dreams

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty
recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the
dreamers of the day, these are dangerous men, for they may act their dream
with open eyes, to make it possible.
—T. E. Lawrence

It is one thing to dream and another to act out your dreams. The truth is
most people only dream and never get around to acting out their dreams.
Dreams only become a reality through our actions. I cover action later in
the book, but for now I want to focus on the first and most important action
you can take. That action is taking your dreams out of your head. I don’t
care whether you write on paper, type on a computer, journal, tap into your
phone, or however you like to do it. The most important first step you need
to take before anything else is to give your dreams life by getting them from
images in the mind to written words.

Statistically, with the very act of you giving life to your dreams by
putting them in concrete words, you are 50% of the way to making your
dreams coming true. The remaining 50% is the hardest, of course, because
it requires work and persistence, and I will cover this in the remaining 49
chapters. For now, before anything else, take the time and begin to take
your dreams from images to words.

Daydream about your dreams

How many thoughts on an average do you think you think a day? One
hundred, two hundred, five hundred? Try 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts. That’s
correct. The average person will have 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts every day.
That’s a hell of a lot of mind chatter. My question to you is, what
percentage of these thoughts are focused on your dreams?

Spend time to daydream about your dreams. Think about your dreams
being completed and manifested into reality. Get into the daily practice of
taking a few moments and just daydream and let yourself focus on your
dreams. Get really creative with the process. Add colour to the image. What
would it look like? Add emotions and think about how it feels. Visualise
and add scenery to the image as a backdrop, and really think about your
being there sometime in the future having had your dreams come true.
Contemplate your future reality and hold on to the picture in your mind of
what you want. By completing this very act of daily daydreaming, you start
the process of attracting and believing in your dreams.

Gandhi was spot on when he said, ‘Dreams at first seem impossible, then
seem improbable, and finally, when we commit ourselves, become
inevitable.’ Wake up from your nightly dreams of fantasy, and get to work
on creating the life you dream of with your eyes open.

Courage to believe in your dreams

Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams
as you do to your fears.
—Richard Wilkins

Having a dream is easy; everyone’s got them. But having the courage to
pursue your dreams is entirely another thing indeed. Having the courage to
believe in your dreams and to act out your dreams is what makes the
difference. Courage to give your dreams a chance. Courage to wake up
every day and do something towards its attainment. Courage to tell others
about your dreams. Courage to sit down to write and plan out your dreams.
Courage to persist in your dreams when life gets in the way. Courage to
keep grinding it out when you don’t seem to be making progress. As you
can see, courage plays a massive part in making dreams a reality.

Think of your dream as a tiny seed that you plant in the soil. The seed
itself is just like a dream; it is ‘life potentiality’. The seed is worthless if
you just keep it in a jar and don’t plant it in the soil; the seed will die and be
useless. You need to plant the seed into soil, burying it down into the dark
soil, just like implanting the dream deep within your conscious and
subconscious mind. Once planted, we don’t cross our fingers and hope our
seed (dream) blossoms and comes to life, no, no. We water, feed, and
repeat. The way to start the process of germination is by giving the seed
nutrients to feed on. Just like the seed, your dreams need nourishment in the
form of positive thought energy, which is another way of saying belief.
Injecting belief into your dreams starts the process of germination inside
your mind. Next, just as the seed needs lots of light to grow, your dreams
will need lots of daily actions in the form of work for the miracle process to
begin.

By using the analogy of the seed and dream, you can see the external
process of life creation being very similar to the internal creation of thought
manifestation, aka dreams.

Exercise: Write down all your dreams, big and small.

Remember
➢ Dream big and have the courage to pursue your dreams.
➢ Act out your dreams and always follow up your dreams with
action because dreams only become a reality through action.
➢ If you can dream it, you can do it. Take your dreams out of
your head and make them a reality.
➢ Give your dreams life by getting them from images in the mind
to written words.
➢ Daydream about your dreams.
➢ Increase your beliefs when you increase your dreams.
➢ Your future is determined by your dreams.
➢ Keep adding water to your dreams.
➢ Your dreams do not have an end date.

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