3 Essential Elements in Pursuing Your Dreams

Was 2015 A Very Good Year?

2015 turned out to be a pretty good year for me. I found inspiration, motivation, laughter, and learning in many things big and small. Around many corners. Behind many doors. And through many open windows.

In 2015, I:

  • Signed my first children’s book contract
  • Started to truly understand what I love & want (at this juncture in my life)
  • Finished another manuscript, and started two more
  • Stepped out of my comfort zone more than once (to wonderful ends)
  • Found inspiration and belief in myself (that I might be able to do this whole writing thing)

All this has led me to think about the essential elements that accompanied me on my journey this year.

3 Essential Elements in Pursuing Your Dreams

Along with the obvious: inspiration, motivation, and laughter, I learned that I needed to be equipped with three other essential elements, and that those three elements were instrumental in me, not only taking my first steps, but every one since then.


Belief in oneself




Without a smidge of which, I would’ve been lost. I have a long way to go in the self-belief department but at least I’ve cracked open the door for it to come inside. Confidence in yourself and your abilities is a beast that can fuel you like nothing else. It opens you up to see and feel so much around you without hesitation. Of course, self-belief will never completely concur all our doubts, but somehow it gives us an inner permission to strive. And hopefully it screams louder than our doubts. Saying: My wishes, dreams, loves, and desires can become real, tangible, tactile things. That with a bit of focus, drive, imagination, discipline, heaps of work, and a true yearning to succeed my dreams can be realized.

Self-belief must be one of your three main companions on your road to success.

Believing in Yourself

“Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: Believing in Yourself!”        ~ Harry Potter


Belief that I can do it

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
~Mahatma Gandhi


What would excite me?




Waking up each morning is a blessing to all of us who are able to see another day. But to be able to meet that day with energy, and an excitement to put pen to paper, fingers into unformed clay, a paint brush to a canvas, or something else that gets you excited to throw back your covers and spring out of bed is a precious thing. That excitement should not be ignored or dismissed. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to be able to find or tap into this level of joy, and even a smaller few grab hold of it and do something with it. Whether some are held back by fear, uncertainty, self-doubt, or the dreaded phrases “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I don’t have time”, the ones that follow through on that initial excitement are the ones who truly have the potential to succeed and thrive. They are the ones who understand that a certain level of risk and vulnerability can lead to great outcomes.

Excitement is like a forest fire

“Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire–you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.”
~Denis Waitley

Gifts from the Sea

“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.”
~Jonas Salk






For me, one of the most important things to have besides self-belief and excitement is encouragement. Encouragement is absolutely essential. Without it even the strongest sometimes falter. Whether it comes in the form of family, friends, or like-minded peers, you must find it. Its footsteps don’t have to mirror yours, but they have to encourage yours to move forward. At some point everyone needs a little nudge, kind word, or someone to bounce ideas off of. People excel wrapped in encouragement and support. When you are down or stumble in the road hopefully you have someone or a group of someone’s to empathize and sympathize, but also someone to kick you in the butt to keep you going. Things that are worked for are much more precious than things simply handed to us. Having people to help push you through the bad times are essential for your mind, body, soul, and your driving force—your dream.


Flatter Me, I may not believe you

Flatter me, and I may not believe you/Criticize me, and I may not like you/Ignore me, and I may not forgive you/Encourage me, and I may not forget you
~William Arthur

So as the year comes to a close, take a little time to say thank you to those who have supported and encouraged you on your journey. Say thank you to yourself for having enough self-belief to take the first steps. And thank you to whichever power you believe has helped you stay fueled and excited to get you to this point, whether it’s the beginning, middle, or nearing the end of your journey.



Here’s to a safe and magical New Year.


4 thoughts on “3 Essential Elements in Pursuing Your Dreams

  1. Leah, what a beautiful post and so encouraging! I love your website too, simple, clean and quite lovely! Thank you so much for sharing your heart, I look forward to your future posts!

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