You’ve probably heard it said plenty of times before, but hard work pays off.
Sometimes, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Why is it true?
Hard workers always find more personal fulfillment than those who are just handed things in life because there is a sense of pride from earning what you’ve been given.
Believe in yourself
Going after a dream when no one else thinks you can do it? Perhaps, your dream is taking longer than you expected or wanted it to take fruition, and others are losing faith in you?
If it’s what you truly want, keep going after it. When you reach that dream, you’ll know that you earned it. Even if others give up on you, if you truly want something, believe in yourself and go achieve it. Besides, belief in yourself and self-affirmation will take you a lot further than relying on others to believe in you.
Self-affirmation is the first step in achieving a dream. If you don’t believe in what you’re going after, you won’t be willing to put in the hard work that you need to in order to achieve your dreams. Without belief in yourself, you won’t want to put in the hard work necessary to bring your dreams to fruition.
After you set yourself on a path toward a goal or dream, get ready to dig in. Some will see their dreams come to fruition in a matter of a few years, some will have to take a longer road, which may even go toward a decade or decades to see a dream come true. No matter how long it takes you to get there, once you’ve mentally invested into this dream, be ready to physically and emotionally invest as well.
Along with that point, don’t compare yourself to others. When it comes to chasing dreams, we all have different dreams and different ideas of how to make those dreams happen. Be willing to make sacrifices, including time, money, sometimes happiness, and fun. Do what it takes to make that dream happen, no matter how much time it takes you. If others have realized their dreams sooner than you, be happy and supportive of them, and they, if they truly care, will be happy and supportive for you as you keep going toward your dreams.
If you truly want the dreams that you’ve set out for yourself, hard work is a given. You may not always be ready for the challenges that will come your way, but you will be ready to grind away in order to bring your dreams to life. That means sacrifices.
As for sacrificing, know that there will be times you will have to sacrifice happiness at the moment for more lifelong happiness. If the dream involves a job or career, there will be times where you’ll have to take jobs that you don’t enjoy and won’t like working in order to get by so that you can get to where you want to be. You’ll have to work your way up the totem pole, so to speak, and how long you’ll have to build your way up depends on the career or job choice you dream about.
If you’ve truly invested in a dream you truly want for your life, it won’t matter to you how long it takes. You’ll know when you get there that you did it your way and you made it.
Reap the rewards
Hard work does pay off. When you’ve finally reached your dreams, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you didn’t give up and didn’t compromise your dreams just because things got tough at times. Sure, things will get tough, but with a support system backing you, you’ll find your way to making that dream work.
When you do achieve those dreams, you’ll understand what your path was about. You’ll understand that those sacrifices and all those years of grinding were worth it because you’re now living the life you dreamed of by achieving the goals you set out to achieve. Whether it takes two, five, 10 or 20 years, again, if you truly want the dreams you’re dreaming and have invested in them to the level that shows that you’re serious about them, the hard work along the way will be worth it.
You’ll find that success that you’ve earned tastes a lot sweeter than success that you’ve just walked into. Sure, some successes you find in life have to do with being in the right places at the right times, but earning your success has that extra good feeling because you know what you invested in making your dream work. Sacrifices and time, money, energy and other resources invested into your dream and the hard work, sweat, and tears along the way will have made you a stronger person.
The struggles that you’ve faced and overcome and the trials that you’ve endured on the way to your dream will have served their purpose, and you’ll find that all your hard work will have been worth it.