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7 Warning Signs That You’ve Given Up on Your Dreams

Reprinted from Dumb Little Man and written by Henri Junttila. (please look at the bottom of the post for information and links to Henri’s site…highly recommended for motivation!)

What do you REALLY want from life? What’s your big dream? Are you taking steps toward it? If not, why not? What’s stopping you from taking action today?

Perhaps you’re scared, or maybe you’ve built a huge wall of procrastination that you’ll never scale. Whatever it is, you probably think it has merit. In fact, you may have simply stopped thinking about your dreams because you’ve given up.

It’s too bad. People in much worse situations than you have created the life of their dreams. You may have excuses and obstacles standing in your way, but you can transcend them. However, it only happens when you’re ready.

Here are seven warning signs that you’ve given up on your dreams:


    1. Excuses

      Everyone makes excuses. Fleeting excuses are fine but problems begin when you stick to the same excuse over and over again. That’s when you start believing that it’s real and insurmountable.

      Your excuses may seem real, but the one creating them is you. I had a lot of excuses when I started. I could’ve given up, but I kept going, because I knew that that was the path to realizing my dreams. Lose the excuses and focus the effort on progress.

    1. Fear
      Not only did I have a lot of excuses before I started building my online business and following my passion, I also had a lot of fear and still do. I’m afraid of failure, not being good enough, and all those fears that we all share.

      But I kept moving forward. If you’re letting fear stop you from going after your dreams, you’re surrendering to a life that you ultimately don’t want to live. Sure it may seem comfortable right now, but a few years down the road, you’ll regret not having taken action. Is that what you want?

    1. Analyzing
      Are you trying to analyze how you’re going to go after your dreams? Trust me, it doesn’t work. Some planning is certainly helpful, but ultimately you have to take action in order to learn what works and what doesn’t.

      Look at that thing you’ve been putting off, and do something today to take action toward it.

    1. Some Day
      How many people have told you that some day they will go after their dreams, follow their passion, and be happy? A whole bucket load I’d bet – and one of those people may be you.

      Some day is not on the calendar, and the longer you wait, the longer you wait. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Instead of waiting, start now, start anywhere, and start with anything, because it’s better than sitting around waiting for some day.

    1. If Only
      If only you had more moneyconnections, or talents, you’d easily go after your dreams and enjoy life, right?

      I don’t think so.

      Many of the most successful entrepreneurs and people that are living the life that they want to live did not have their dreams served to them on a silver platter.

      The bottom line?

      You’re not missing anything except the proper attitude and willingness to take action.

    1. I’m Not…
      Are you afraid that you don’t have anything unique to give to people?

      This is something I deal with a lot with my clients, especially when it comes to creating an online business and putting yourself out there. We all have something to contribute to the world (yes, that includes you), and that something is the exact thing that makes you come alive.

      For me one of those things is writing, and another thing is helping people live the life of their dreams and follow their passion.

      What’s yours?

  1. Comfort Zone
    Fear of failure is a big obstacle for many when thinking about going after their dreams. You’ve probably heard that it’s hard to go after your dreams and follow your passion, and it is, but anyone can do it, if they are willing to suspend their disbelief and take action.

    You have to decide whether you are happy with where you are now, or whether you want to take action and work towards something that truly fulfills you.

Discover your passion, follow it, and create the life you want. There’s no better time to start than now.

Written on 11/10/2011 by Henri Junttila. Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where he shares his personal tips on how you can live the life you know you deserve. When you feel ready to take action, get his free course: Find Your Passion in 5 Days or Less. And if you liked this article, you will enjoy one of his top articles: 77 Great Quotes That Will Change Your Life.


  1. Administrator says

    Thank you, Donna. You would be surprised to know how the many diverse clients that ImaginePublicity has keeps us all motivated to be better for each of you. It’s a collaborative team effort of giving support to one another that keeps us all going strong towards our individual, and collective goals.

  2. Dumb Little Man is anything but dumb! He is insightful and articulates the minefield we all go through in creating our dreams. This is especially true for those with disabilities. We feel we have to try harder… do more just to measure up with the rest of the pack. ‘Truth is, we often surpass the others because we are so motivated to succeed” in spite of…”

    A couple of weeks ago, I was a bit down, perceiving that all the others were passing me by with their great accomplishments and leaving me in the dust. However, I was wrong. The wonderful people at Imagine Publicity took action by telling me first of all that I was WAAAY too critical of myself and that I was indeed doing great things. etc, etc… I now carry that e-mail with me and read it every day. It helps! There’s nothing like getting the right message from the right people! So go forth into the dark night with your flashlight and continue to light the way… one person at a time if you have to! Three cheers for Ward Foley and Imagine Publicity!

    Respectfully Submitted,
    Donna R. Gore, M. A.

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