"When did we stop believing in our dreams and start believing we cannot achieve them?"
This upcoming New Year, in my opinion, will be full of excitement, challenges, and great achievements. I have noticed the citizens of New Orleans, as well as the people at large, have lost much hope in themselves and each other due to a variety of reasons; financial instability, crime, education, and lack of opportunity all are contributers... Our flame of hope is dwindling and I believe it important to remind the citizens of New Orleans that there is nothing that cannot be achieved. So often we allow the media, friends, teachers, coworkers, family members, or even our nation's leaders to influence or dictate what we believe, how we feel, and how we act. In this process our beliefs become distorted and we lose sight of our dreams and hopes because we feel the crippling power of doubt; we often experience this in the terms of seeing something as being "unrealistic" or "out of our reach".
The message I wish to convey and restore for the new year is of great potential and possibility. Napoleon Hill, an excellent author and visionary, stated that "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve". Hill greatly encouraged that even the average person, without money or power could reach success, achieve their dreams, and reach their goals; he wished for his readers what I wish for us all... to find the meaning of success and to use it to achieve one's goals. The citizens of New Orleans are a mighty people. You, the citizens of New Orleans, have the ability to make change in your lives and to make change in the community. The ability to dream, hope, and envision your goals must never be clouded by doubt. This new year make something special happen for yourself and/or for others....
Have faith, my friends. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. You truly can achieve anything, do not be cast down with doubt.