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Урок 40. Hopes and dreams

Hopes and dreams
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How important are your dreams and goals? What are you doing to make them come true? Our aspirations for the future can inspire us and give us hope that our personal goals can improve the quality of our lives. While they are a great way to keep us motivated, the truth is that some of us will never live out what we want the most. This is even tougher when we know that we have no one to blame but ourselves (or at least it can feel that way).

No matter how you choose to define the word, we all know people that are very successful. Whether they are our family members, a neighbor, a person that made history, or a Hollywood super star. The one thing that all of them did that helped them to achieve their goals was their perseverance and their refusal to stop.

When the day comes that you discover your passion in life, there will be negative people and events that will have the chance to leave you discouraged. There will be times when you will feel that chasing your dreams is a waste of energy. Hold tight and don’t let go. In the words of Napoleon Hill “That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”Here are some tips to follow which can help you make your dreams come true:

WRITE IT DOWN AND BELIEVE IT

We can daydream for hours about our goals, but if they are not written down, they can easily escape us. Get a notebook and start writing everything you want in detail. Read it to yourself every single day and when you start feeling discouraged, read it again. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to read about your passions and aspirations.

BE AROUND PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE YOU

Joel Osteen couldn’t have said it any better. “You need to associate with people that inspire you, people that challenge you to rise higher, people that make you better. Don’t waste your valuable time with people that are not adding to your growth. Your destiny is too important.”

NEVER STOP LEARNING

Whether you have a Bachelor's degree, a Master’s degree or dropped out of school, the journey of education is constant. Never think for a second that you know everything. Every 5 years most industries experience significant changes that require additional learning. Other industries require continued learning every moment of the day. The world is your oyster! Get out there and keep learning.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

A healthy diet and lifestyle will determine our future. The person that spends most of their life eating unhealthy food, chooses not to exercise and treats people badly might see some success in their life, but it will definitely be temporary. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are unhealthy, how long will you be able to enjoy it?

USE YOUR TIME WISELY

Spending our spare time doing the opposite of what we believe in will keep is in the same place forever. Don’t end up being that person that looks back on their life wishing they followed their dream.

DON’T GIVE UP

Nothing in life comes easy. Challenges are meant to make us stronger. They are there to make us smarter and to not make the same mistakes in the future. Keep going and don’t give up! 

ADMIRE YOUR ROLE MODELS

If you know someone personally that you can confide in, let them know what you are trying to do and if they are willing, they will be there for you during your journey

 

In the lesson you came across the following words and words combinations:

Run for- баллотироваться в

 Insurmountable- непреодолимый

 Perseverance- упорство, настойчивость

 Inspiration- вдохновение

 come up against- сталкиваться с

 make a difference- изменить что-то к лучшему

 initially- первоначально

 defeat- побеждать

 failings- недостатки

 banish- выгонять

 reject- отвергать, не принимать

 overcome- преодолевать

 achieve- достигать

 long to- страстно желать, стремиться к

 reach one’s goal- достичь цели

 take things as they come- принимать как есть

 face- столкнуться

 move on- продвигаться

 come true- осуществить, реализовать

self-doubt- неуверенность в себе

 perspiration-потение

 prove- доказывать

Learn the following set expressions with the word «hope»:

dash one’s hopes- разбить чьи-то надежды

 in the hope that- в надежде, что

 hope for the best- надеяться на лучшее

get one’s hopes up- успокаивать, подбадривать

 give up hope- потерять надежду, оставить надежду

 have high hopes of- возлагать большие надежды на

 pin one’s hopes on somebody -возлагать надежды на кого-либо

Hopes and dreams
WHILE THERE IS LIFE, THERE IS HOPE

Match the words to form phrases.

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