By Farrah Gray
You sleep. I sleep. Even dogs sleep.
Our sleep is precious to us. It is our body and mind’s way of recharging for the rigors of life as we go about it from day to day. Our body’s regenerative processes are active when we sleep. All of our major, critical bodily systems are working while we sleep to rejuvenate us. When we sleep well enough and sufficiently enough, we awaken refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life has in store. When or if we do not sleep sufficiently enough, the effect is the complete opposite. We tend to be lethargic, fatigued and irritable. We may experience dizziness, nausea and headaches. Our body’s immune system is weaker and our brain function is negatively affected. This can also happen when and if we oversleep.
We have established that sleep is crucial to our overall mental and physical health. We must sleep well and sleep properly to survive.
Consider this very basic, physical aspect of yourself…then draw the parallel between it and you as you gear up to accomplishing your goals toward success.
Sleep is the time when we dream. Dreams happen when our minds are at work while our physical bodies are at rest.
In our quest to realize what each of us defines as our own brand of success by going outside of our comfort zone and seeking to define our respective areas of excellence, we often need time and space to be still, be quiet…and plan. We often must disengage ourselves from the active dynamic of the physical and apply our “gray matter” in order to strategize for our success. This is much like our body’s sleeping, because once we come out of our stillness to strategize, we are ready to implement that which we have defined as our strategy.
Much like when we literally sleep, if we are not careful, we may under think or over think our path. Either can cause setbacks for us. If we under think and don’t strategize thoroughly or consider all factors involved, we may make hasty, uninformed decisions, which can impede or delay our progress. If we over think and strategize too much, we run the risk of only accomplishing the feat of creating strategies, which can eventually beget more strategies and ultimately cause us to miss precious opportunities.
It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee! It’s time to wake up and begin to live your dream. It’s time to map your charted course with specific goals and objectives regardless of circumstances.
If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Don’t worry about whether or not it’s going to happen. It’ll happen if you keep going. If you plant a tomato seed and you water it and make sure it gets sunlight and nourishment, guess what? Tomatoes will eventually grow. But you can’t plant a tomato seed, hoping that petunias will grow. It’s the same with your dreams. If you want success, you must plant for success rather than failure. You don’t set out for Los Angeles from New York by walking east, do you? Of course not! You have to be walking in the right direction to get where you’re going. Simple but true.
Set the vision. Do the work. Move in the right direction. Monitor your progress every week and every month. If it helps, make a chart. Don’t change the goal, even if you fall behind. Change the course instead.
Ask yourself the following:
– Does the goal completely describe what I want to accomplish?
– Is the goal measurable?
– Can the goal be clearly evaluated?
– Is the goal challenging?
– Does the goal require effort and discipline?
– Is the goal realistic?
– Can the goal be attained?
– How am I going to measure my progress?
Make you count. You are the only you you’ve got, so don’t take you for granted. Train, be disciplined and honor your mind, body and spirit. Come to the table knowing that you bring value to everything you touch. And when you know this – not believe it, but know it – you will begin to see the fruits of your labor. You’ll start to attract things and people who can help make your dreams a reality.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist and bestselling author and award-winning fashion designer Farrah Gray has inspired millions around the world through motivational speaking, economic evangelism and the strength of his example. Gray is also an agent of social change. His partnerships include the Kauffman Foundation, the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Marrow Donor Program, among others.