How many times in your life have you been told to be realistic? How’s being realistic working out for you? Are you happy being realistic? Do you have all the time, money, freedom, fulfillment, abundance, joy, and love that you want in your life? If the answer to any of these questions is “NO”, chances are you are being realistic about it, and that’s the whole problem.

Here is a little perspective for you:

It was not realistic for our Founding Fathers to revolt against the largest empire the world has ever seen, declare independence, go to war, and win.

It was not realistic for Roger Bannister to break the 4-minute mile in May 1954. At the time many authorities believed it was impossible and lethal.

It was not realistic for Nelson Mandela to go to prison for 27 years and then become South Africa’s first black chief executive, and change the world forever.

It was not realistic for Oprah Winfrey, who was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother, to become a billionaire media mogul.

It was not realistic for Bills Mills to win an Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 meters in 1964. Mills was a virtual unknown, and in the Olympic final he beat the world record holder, set an Olympic record, and ran a personal best by almost a minute (If you don’t know much aboutBillyMills_Crossing_Finish_Line_1964Olympics track and field, realize this is absolutely insanely crazy incredible!!!). During the race the commentator’s continued to say he was a non-factor and would soon fade away from the front of the race. It’s arguably the greatest Olympic story no one has ever heard.

It was not realistic for Steve Jobs to co-found Apple, get fired from Apple, come back to Apple and save the company, and build it into the most valuable company in the world.

It was not realistic for JK Rowling to go from living in poverty to being one of the most successful authors of our generation selling over 400 million books.

It was not realistic for Abraham Lincoln to become one of the greatest President’s in US history. He failed in business, failed as a lawyer, was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858.  We put this guy’s face on our money!

It was not realistic for Winston Churchill who failed 6th grade and never won a public election (prior to), to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It was not realistic for Thomas Edison, who in school was “too stupid to learn anything,” was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive,” and as an inventor made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts, to invent the light bulb.

It was not realistic for Sylvester Stallone who was rejected over 1500 times to make and star in Rocky, and have it gross over $200 million.

It was not realistic for Ronda Rousey to drop out of high school and go on to become the first UFC Women’s bantam weight champion.

It was not realistic for Jewel to go from living in her car to selling over 27 million albums.

It was not realistic for Michael Jordan, who was cut from his High school basketball team, to go on to become the greatest basketball player of all time.

It was not realistic for Harriet Tubman, to escape slavery, and then make 13 missions back into the South to rescue over 70 slaves.

It was not realistic for Immaculee Illibagiza to survive 91 days in a bathroom with 7 other 1212700616133753women, escape the Rwandan genocide, forgive the men that murdered her family, and become a best selling author on faith and forgiveness.

It was not realistic for Viktor Frankl to survive the Nazi death camps, to found logotherapy, and to write one of the most profound books of our time.

It was not realistic for (insert one of your hero’s here)

Are you getting my point?

Nothing awesome has ever been done by being realistic. Being realistic is the road to mediocrity in any area of your life that you choose to be realistic in.

You must be Optimistic.

Every one of these people above HAD to be tremendously optimistic or there is no way they would have succeeded, survived, lived, or accomplished. If you’re optimistic then you can do anything, have anything and be anything you want.

What ever your dream is, be optimistic about it! You don’t need to sell millions of records, write a best selling book, become a mogul or liberate millions of people (unless that’s your dream). But you can get in better shape. You can live a healthy rewarding life. You can start a successful business. You can find a good relationship. You can walk away form an unfulfilling career and find something better. You can stop living someone else’s life and start living your own.

Be Optimistic about who you can be, what you can have, and how you can live. Be Realistic about the commitment and work it will take.

Remember, there are more realistic people out there than optimistic people. Many of the realistic people will try to convince you to be like them, be realistic, and discourage you from your dream. When this happens ask yourself “does this person have the life I want?” Are they living the way I want to live? If the answer is NO, DON’T LISTEN TO THEM.

The world has plenty of realistic people. We don’t need any more of them! We need you to step up and be who you are called be, not who the realistic people think you should be.

Stop being realistic. Be optimistic. Live an Awesome life!