By: Vijay Eswaran
Dreaming is the single most important aspect of success. The minute you stop dreaming, you stop living. The moment you stop dreaming about who you want to be, what you want to do and what you should be, is the moment you find yourself at a standstill. You may not realise it, but that is also the moment you start sliding backwards.
There is a popular saying that happiness has three grand essentials: Something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for. While I am blessed to have found the former two in my role as an entrepreneur, and in my better half, I am on a constant and perhaps even lifelong journey when it comes to the latter – that which I hope for, or in another word, my dreams. And that is how I am, a relentless dreamer who never stops moving forward.
Nothing worth doing is ever easy, neither is achieving your dreams. The question is, how badly do you want it? When my partners and I first started our business in 1998 in the aftermath of the Asian economic crisis, so many people told us it would be impossible to sustain what we were doing for the next five years. Now, 20 years on, not only have we survived that many times over but we are a thriving multinational company with diversified business lines in almost every major region in the world.
Don’t ever give up on your dreams and don’t ever constrict your dreams to fit reality. In fact, keep dreaming bigger and keep aiming higher. It is possible to make your dreams come true, but first you must believe in those dreams. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
Here is what I have learned about the power of belief:
- Belief moves mountains
They say faith moves mountains, but I would say it is actually belief that moves mountains.
In medicine, there is something called the placebo effect. Seriously ill patients are given a medication that he or she perceives will help, though, in reality the medication contains no active ingredients. This has been proven to work in about 30% of patients. Some refer to this as mind over matter. I call it belief. Your belief is a tool to serve and empower you. Believe, and you will achieve.
- Belief has to be grown over time
Belief is very much like a tree. Envision a grand old oak tree with powerful roots that dig deep into the earth, a solid trunk leading to myriads of branches with masses of leaves, sprouting tendrils and a lush foliage. Belief is like this mighty oak tree. It cannot be grown in a day. It is a gradual process. Developing a belief system takes time and it is not an easy process. But once you believe in something, it will likely stay longer with you and become an inherent part of you.
- Belief is the fuel for achieving one’s purpose
Do you often find the daily grind of life and its sheer monotony weighing you down and wearing out your optimism and confidence. This is normal. However, the important thing is that you have to go through this and get past it in order to find and identify a purpose for your existence. Whatever that purpose may be, it needs to be found. This is unique to each and every individual. The only thing that can bring you to this point is your belief.
- Belief converts defeat into victory
Life is not about going from victory to victory. In reality it is often about moving from defeat to defeat with the occasional victory interspersed in between. It is your belief that helps you navigate the many defeats that life is known to bring. Like a hiking pole in a jungle path, belief is an indispensable tool that helps you keep your balance and on occasion, ward off the curious snake!
Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. He has published three bestsellers on leadership and mindfulness. Praised as “a beautiful book” by self-help genre pioneer Stephen Covey, In the Sphere of Silence (2006) has sold over half a million copies to date. His latest book Two Minutes from the Abyss was published in 2017 by Networking Times Press.