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Aim High! But Don't Forget to Rest

By Marts | Marts | 26 May 2021

As I've mentioned in my previous post, life is moving incredibly fast. We want to catch up, but at times we fail. But failure doesn't mean that we should stop. Failure is a pit stop, not a destination. It is not the end. 

To make the most out of life, there are two important things we need to understand - the concept of dreaming BIG and the significance of REST. 

DREAM: Aim to achieve bigger things

Aiming for something big gives us an extra push in life. Achieving our goals motivates us to work hard, to choose our dreams more than procrastination. They say that if you aim for nothing, you will hit it all the time. But when you aim for something, you will focus all your energies to hit your target.

What are your goals in life? Unless you are already satisfied with your current situation, for sure you are dreaming of something BIG. I emphasized BIG because I believe if you’re going to aim for something, you aim for something bigger than yourself. Why settle for something less?

I stumbled upon a tweet that says, “The ten spies thought the giants in the land were too big to kill, but Joshua and Caleb thought they were too big to miss”. This refers to the Bible story about conquering the Promised Land but the people we’re too afraid of the “giants” who live there. As a result, they lost their opportunity to seize their dream in their lifetime even though it was clear enough that the land is theirs to conquer. 

There is no harm in dreaming big. What’s harmful is when you are robbing yourself of the opportunity to flex your faith muscles in believing that you are meant for something great. Equally harmful is when you have that big dream and yet you work “small”. Are you giving yourself an extra push to gain that prize? Remember, big dreams require faith, and big dreams require big efforts. Seize your Promised Land and conquer your giants.  

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”

– Brian Tracy

REST: Pause to Recharge and to Gain Better Perspective

Do you know that some of the most valuable learnings in life we can learn from non-human sources? Like loyalty. If you want to know how loyalty looks like, look at the dogs. They don’t care about your achievements in life, the clothes you wear, or your economic status. In their vocabulary, they only care about you and your presence. 

How about the value of dealing with things one at a time? We are living in a time when multi-tasking is a thing and the more tasks you can solve given a limited amount of time, the better. From a productivity point of view, this is commendable, but even computers break down when it deals with a lot of tasks all at one time. Cellphones slow down when a lot of apps are open. People break down when there is too much stress on his lap. 

Tires get worn out. Food gets spoiled. Animals take rest. Machines need maintenance. A hot cup of coffee gets cold over time. If we are only observant, we will know that nature tells us valuable life lessons. It teaches us that relationships are important, we need to slow down a bit, we need to be more intentional in our conversations, etc. Nature is generous to share its wisdom with us. 

This is one of the benefits of being reflective. I have learned the value of pausing for a while, to learn insights from nature so I can improve the way I interact with myself and with people. 

”Sleep has been provided by nature to do the body’s healing work, and it takes seven or eight hours for this process to happen. Commit to getting at least seven to eight hours of good quality sleep every night to keep your body and hormones in balance.” 

– Suzanne Somers

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Hi, I am Marts! I am a writer, and aside from my stint here, I also have my own blog - I appreciate it if you pay me a visit! I plan on growing my readership as I learn to improve my craft.


Hi, I am Marts! I am a writer, and aside from my stint in publish0x and, I also have my own blog - I appreciate it if you pay me a visit! I plan on growing my readership as I learn to improve my craft and journey towards my passion to write and publish books that add value to people.

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