Advice: Follow your dreams even through the tough times

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINES

Dreams are an important part of life because they push you to reach for your goals.

Life doesn’t always turn out as we envisioned it. Life is filled with twists and curves that may leave you doubting your ability to succeed. It’s not easy when you encounter roadblocks, and your first instinct might be to give up or to ask, “Why me?”

Your dreams, however, keep you pushing through the difficult moments in life. You have to accept that you are where you need to be at this moment in your life.

Sometimes people feel they have failed because they are not where they pictured they would be. You just need to change your course or plan of action to achieve your dreams, not give up. You may get frustrated, but stay positive and keep your eye on your dreams.

Don’t compare your situation to your friends. In fact, having successful friends who believe in you will help you strive to do better. You want people around you who will build you up and be honest with you.

When someone you respect makes a suggestion, listen. People on the outside looking in may see things more clearly than you, especially during a rough time in your life.

Dreams won’t come true over night. You have to work to make them a reality, and it may take years.

We have all read about people who worked odd jobs to pay their bills before they made their dreams come true.

You may not reach your initial dream, but you may end up doing something even more amazing than you thought possible. Always look for the blessings in your life, and for the unexpected opportunities you may discover along the way.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer and certified parent educator with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily or on Instagram @mlsalcines.