How to Be Successful by Believing in Your Dream

by Stephen Mills on March 29, 2009


Note:  This is the fifth article in the series “How to be Successful by…”.  This series examines what traits successful people have in common.  Here are the first four articles in the series:
How to be Successful by Practicing Resilience
How to be Successful by Taking Responsibility
17 Ways to Achieve Heroic Goals
How to Be Successful by Developing Killer Habits

This article is not filled with a bunch of “how to” steps.  I tried to fill it with “yes you can” inspiration.  I hope it helps you out a little bit.

“If you can hold it in your head, you can hold it in your hand.” –Stella Mann.

“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill

What wonderfully powerful ideas are contained in the above quotes!  To be successful you must believe you will be successful.  It costs you nothing to dream.  It costs you nothing to believe.  Make your dream worthy.  If it is not worthy and aligned with your values, your subconscious mind won’t take you there, it will sabotage you.

What do you really want? Shout your dream from the rooftops.  Grab it, write it down, know it will happen, and then visualize yourself in that dream over and over.  Know that you want this.  Believe that you can do this and then you will.  White hot desire will guarantee your success.

You are not here to live someone else’s dreams.  Believe in your dream.  Don’t be discouraged by the small minds of others.  Don’t allow someone else to steal your dream.  Your friends and family will resist your dream because they fear that change.  They want you to be safe.

You must be yourself to maintain that incredible zest for life. You and I know that in order for you to be truly happy, you must be living your dream and not living in safety.  Others don’t see it because they are not you.  They cannot dream your dream.

Take the lid off of your imagination.  See yourself already being in possession of your dream.  There is greatness in you.  Make up your mind right this very moment you are are going to be that which you dream of being.  Don’t entertain the thought of being anything else.

You will get what you expect.  If you expect less you will get less.  If you expect more, you will get more.  The creative capacity of your mind is practically limitless.  Your ambition and attitude are yours to create.  With enthusiasm and desire you will achieve what you dream.

The key to belief is is visualization.  See yourself in your dream, not in the future, but as if it were right now.  Make it bright and beautiful.  Make it detailed.  Visualize it over and over and eventually that dream becomes deeply imprinted in your mind.  At that point you cannot fail.  You will be guided by an unseen hand, the hand of your subconscious mind, and everything will fall into place.

You will find a way so don’t worry about the how right now.  Just believe in the what.  Release your abundant energy and enthusiasm and they will carry you through to the end.  Feel the abundance.  It’s yours.  It’s your choice to believe it and then be it.

Never doubt you can do it.  “Just do it”.  Start doing your dream and you will be on your way to realizing it.  It is important to not just dream, but start moving towards that dream right now.  You will start a feedback loop that strengthens your dream and your belief.  Every tiny success will release tremendous energy into that loop.  It will power you into an ever increasing spiral that will drive you to success.  Progression is the key.

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal” –Earl Nightingale

Success compounds over time to yield that beautiful dream that only you could dream.  You have the gift already, you just don’t know it yet.  Once you believe and know it, then it’s yours.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below.  Subscribe to The Rat Race Trap by Email here or to a reader in the top left sidebar.  I would love to have you aboard.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Douglas Eby March 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Thanks – very inspiring ideas. But taking steps toward our dreams may feel overwhelming if they are too big for us to handle emotionally.

Robert Maurer, PhD has studied social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years. He notes that even thinking creatively can induce fear:

“Innovation triggers the alarm mechanism in the amygdala section of the brain that’s known as the fight-or-flight response,” he writes. “More simply put, the thought of change ignites fear… It effectively shuts down all nonessential brain functions, including creative thinking.

“Essentially, kaizen [the Japanese principle of taking ‘small steps’] disarms the brain’s fear response…it ‘tiptoes’ around it…”

From my post Disarming the brain’s fear response


Stephen - Rat Race Trap March 29, 2009 at 4:12 pm

@Douglass, absolutely correct. Those tiny successes are powerful forces in the feedback loop. You can think big but need to act small. Life is a cinch, inch by inch and so forth. This is actually the topic for a future post of mine. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


Lea March 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Hi Stephen,

I agree with what you and Douglas said about taking small steps towards large dreams and goals. That’s solid advice, as well as have patience.

The only other thing that might be added is, also expect what can seem like an occasional step backwards or even encounter what may seem like a wall. It’s those moments that are good for reassessing our direction, the requirements to achieve each phase of a goal and to check if new information or opportunities that we were previously unaware of are now available to us.

Great post. Thank you for sharing 🙂


Stephen - Rat Race Trap March 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm

@Lea, yes we should expect challenges, obstacles, walls, resistance or whatever else you want to call them. You are correct in that they often turn out to be opportunities. Thanks for stopping by!


Giovanna Garcia March 30, 2009 at 12:14 am

Great job, a lot of wonderful wisdom and inspiration here. My favorite is : “You are not here to live someone else’s dreams. Believe in your dream. Don’t be discouraged by the small minds of others. Don’t allow someone else to steal your dream. Your friends and family will resist your dream because they fear that change. They want you to be safe.”
Awesome! I love it.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action


Stephen - Rat Race Trap March 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm

@Giovanna, those around us often are the biggest resistance we must overcome. Thank you for commenting.


Chris September 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

Hey Stephen, I am so glad to have found this site, because I found not only the quote I was desperately searching for, but also found a source of (hopefully) never ending inspiration … thanks so much …
Chris´s last blog post ..Wie Social Media unaufhaltsam in jeder Sekunde wächst …


Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge