Summer is finally here! I’m on summer break now (have been for two and a half weeks) and I am SO very excited! I just got back from Club Congress and I had an absolutely amazing time! I got to see friends and perform and it was a great experience! I can’t wait for more Southern Sounds opportunities this summer! Okay, so now that I’ve told you how excited I am about summer…let me get on with the topic of this blog, Dreams and Goals.
As most of my family and friends know, I am very big on dreams and goals. My top two are becoming a singer and actress. Let me tell you, it’s VERY tough to be patient! I just want it to be able to happen NOW, NOW, NOW!!! But I know that it won’t. So I will work very hard to achieve what I want. Plus, God will be there with me every step of the way. But have you ever been on the verge of giving up? Saying that you can’t do this because it’s impossible and just too hard? I have. But I know that I should never give up. My parents have been my number one supporters the entire time and I am very grateful for them! My mom, every time I’m lying in bed just watching a movie, she will tell me that I should get up and go sing or practice my guitar and piano. My dad, he’ll be on me all the time to try and sell my CD’s (we are actually in the process of making a Christmas CD :D). My parents are the best and I love them so very much! Thank you!
At Club Congress, I was in the contest Public Speaking. I won fourth out of ten (and this was my first year). But I would like to share with you my speech. It is title, “Dream Chasing”:
Have you ever said to yourself, “There is absolutely no way that I can ever achieve my dreams!”? Do all the negatives just automatically come straight to your mind? How can I, one out of billions of people, accomplish something as fantastic as that? There are three steps to reaching your dreams…Number one, believe in yourself, number two, have the devotion to make it happen, and number 3, give it your all! As long as you follow those steps, your dreams will be in your hands before you know it.
First and foremost, believing in yourself is the number one priority out of everything. If you don’t have confidence, it will be like taking a step backward instead of forward. Holding your head high is a humongous factor. No matter how many times people strive to bring you down and diminish your hope, DO NOT let your head hang. That will only make them gloat more. If your head stays high, six times out of ten, they will stop because they see that even if they lash words or actions out at you, you are oblivious to it because faith blinds you from harsh actions.
Secondly, your devotion and how much, how long, and how hard you are willing to work to grasp what you want, is a big part of achieving your goal. Dedication, yet again, brings you another step closer to your dream. If all you do is sit around at home, text, watch TV, eat, sleep, and just laze around, you will not get anything accomplished. Also, just verbalizing what you want and plan to do, does not necessarily get you anywhere either. The most popular sayings in the world, that I’m sure your parents do not forget to tell you, are, “Actions speak louder than words”, and, “Practice, practice, PRACTICE.” For example, if you want to learn how to play a particular song on the guitar, and all you do is say,” I want to learn this SO bad!” or, “I wish I could play that,” you are not going to get anywhere. But if you schedule your time right and practice, you’ll have the song down in no time at all. Sit down; get a piece of paper and a pencil. Make a schedule for your entire day. Start with when you wake up in the morning and brush your teeth, to when you are climbing in bed at night to go to sleep. Pick out the best time in the day for you to practice and put that time on your schedule. After your schedule is complete, hang it up or put it somewhere where you will see it each and every day. Once you start following that schedule, I promise you that that devotion will pay off!
Lastly, give it your absolute all! If you decide one day and say, “Hey, I’m want to be a singer!”, but yet you do not work hard and practice? How is slacking off going to get you anywhere? You’ve got to work, work, and work! You won’t get anywhere by singing a not here and there. You have to work diligently on every single detail. Not just for ten or fifteen minutes, but several hours in a week. Plus, if you want it bad enough, you should have the drive to do the best that you can each and every day. Dizzy Dean didn’t get to where he got on going outside one day a month for an hour, throwing as few as ten pitches. Jennifer Hudson didn’t get her voice to amazing by practicing her pitch only thirty minutes a week. She didn’t even win on American Idol. Simon told her that she wouldn’t be able to make it as a singer and be remembered. But she worked extremely hard, and look at where she is at now!
So in conclusion, your dreams are without a doubt within your grasp. Do NOT let anyone bring you down and tell you that you cannot achieve your dreams and goals. Have faith and tell yourself like Thomas the Train, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Make sure that you devote yourself to your dream. Every time you are just sitting around not doing anything important, get up and go spend your free time practicing! Do not let any free moment slip through your fingers. When you practice, work to the best of your ability. Do not just slack off and give it only fifteen percent of your energy. Give it one hundred percent…plus another ten! Like Winston Churchill said, “Never, Never, Never, give up!”