I received a text a couple of weeks ago from a good friend and LIFE business associate as follows: “In Depth Viking Style by Tim Marks he says, “It’s not time to be a realist.” How does one not be a realist when they are a realist?”
Dictionary.com says a realist is “a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.”
A realist once said, “Man can not fly!” But then a man flew.
A realist once said, “Man can not walk on the moon!” But then a man walked on the moon.
A realist once said, “You have nothing to worry about with Sam Walton, he’ll never make it.” But then Sam made Wal-Mart the #1 retailer in the world.
A realist said, “Man will never break the four-minute mile.” But then a man ran a mile in 3 mins, 59.4 seconds.
So, what is really “real”?
It is clear in the above examples that what is defined as “real” by one person, isn’t necessarily what another person chooses to be “real” for them. So, what’s the difference?
In order to determine what’s “real”, it is necessary to understand what’s true. Therefore, it is very important that a person have a biblical-based understanding of the world. God made each of us with dreams, desires, passions, talents and abilities that together equip us to find and fulfill our purpose. If God has allowed us to think it, then God will help us to make it happen. In addition, it is vital (eternal life depends on it) to understand how special we are to God…He sacrificed His only Son so that we can one day be united with Him in heaven. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” With this understanding, we are unstoppable.
The next hurdle is to stop doing things based upon logic and start doing things based upon emotion. Logically, there are many things that can’t be done, but emotionally someone has done them. In last year’s NFL play-offs, logically the Green Bay Packers at 15-1 should have went to the Super Bowl, but the New York Giants at 9-7 beat the Packers and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Here are some recommendations to help expand what is “real” for you:
1) Live daily with God as your center and know that if He allowed you to think it, He will help you accomplish it.
2) Continually dream build and expand your imagination.
3) Associate regularly with uplifting and encouraging people.
4) Get involved in a self-directed education program and work specifically on developing a “can do” attitude.
5) Mentor regularly.
6) Be willing to fail and understand that failure is just a part of success.
So in conclusion, when a realist really evaluates what’s really “real”, they will find that the “real” they once thought was real isn’t really real after all and that the real “real” can be so much more than what they originally thought was real…really.
The following video is old, but worth watching. Actual footage of Roger Bannister doing what the realists said couldn’t be done…way to go Roger!!!!!
Eric C. Blomdahl