Are you an idealist?
According to the formal definition, an idealist is a visionary who pursues high purposes and goals; someone that continually strives for what is possible regardless of what the current reality may be.
Or, in plain English … an idealist is someone that goes for what they really want and believes they are going to get it regardless of what the people around them may say and regardless of if what they want seems far fetched.
Idealists are true believers in possibilities.
So, would you say that you are an idealist?
Well, the reality is we were all born to be idealists.
We were always supposed to understand our potential and everything we are really capable of and allow that understanding to continually push us to go for what we really want.
Our idealism is supposed to be a constant source of motivation and inspiration to keep pushing us forward.
- It is supposed to keep us from breaking (and even bending).
- It is supposed to keep us from becoming cynical or losing confidence in our abilities.
- It is supposed to keep us believing in the abilities of the people around us to also accomplish great things.
But, let’s be real, being an idealist is not always easy.
It’s tough to always keep our heads up and believe in all that is possible, especially when life or other people may be giving us reasons to doubt that truth.
The doubts can really set in and your idealism can be put to the test, especially during …
those times when you want something so badly and work so hard, but at the end of the day, you come up short …
those times when you finally get what you want, but then look up and it is no longer there and has slipped through your fingers …
those times when you feel completely overwhelmed by life and everything going on around you.
That is when the real doubts come bubbling to the surface and if you allow it to happen, your idealism is chipped away at bit by bit.
And, that’s why we have to continually make sure our idealism is kept in tact at all times and repair any damage we may notice. We can’t let it be chipped away at and look up one day and realize we have more in common with cynics and skeptics than we do with idealists.
idealism really matters
We never want to lose touch with the part of ourselves that believes in possibilities and is inspired and motivated by the fact that so many possibilities always exist.
I get it that this can be a tough world filled with obstacles, issues and defeats. And, those things can really weigh on us and challenge our idealism.
I have definitely had my fair shares of challenges and defeats and those things can really strike you at your core and test every ounce of your idealism and confidence that you can get back on your feet and start sprinting again in the right direction.
However, regardless of what is going on around you, there needs to always be an underlying sense of idealism and a belief in what is possible.
Idealism is meant to be one of the driving forces in our life and if we ever lose it or see that it is fading, we need to do everything we can to reignite and strengthen it.
We were all meant to be idealists – not blind optimists - but rather true believers in all that is always possible.
In order to accomplish all that you were meant to, in order to live in this world in an amazing way, in order to feel fulfilled, you need to have your idealism in tact and working at all times.
the possibility of today
Let TODAY be the day you realize the importance of your idealism and do everything you possibly can to embrace and strengthen it.
- Cultivate it.
- Realize there will be things and people trying to chip away at it, but as long as you always choose to believe, your idealism can overshadow any cynics, skeptics or challenges that come your way.
- Raise your expectations; strive for high ideals.
- Don’t expect disappointments and instead believe in all possibilities.
Live Today Better than Yesterday.
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