While there is nothing wrong with such advice or urgings, per se, sometimes it becomes an excuse not to think for ourselves, not to pursue our own goals, and not to follow our own dreams or our own way.
It becomes easy, in other words, to remain within our comfort zone.
The problem is that the more we succumb to others’ ideas of how we should live, think, and be, the more distanced we become from ourselves, until our comfort zone becomes something set in stone, becoming smaller and more rigid with each passing year.
One day we may wake up and wonder what happened to our lives, to the dreams we used to have when we were younger. If we are negative, we may look back with regret and say, “if only.”
If you are positive, however, you will use those same words to make up for lost time.
Do not neglect your dreams, and do not settle for the average, however you define both.
The universe is infinite, and the experiences and opportunities available to us are likewise. Reawaken in yourself the child-like wonder you used to have that has never really died, but only been suppressed beneath the weight of your daily routine. You put yourself where you are, and if you find yourself unsatisfied with how you are, then get yourself out of it.
Begin by learning more about successful people. If you do, then you will find that besides being positive people, there are also those who have never let go of their dreams. However diverse their dreams may be, a common thread runs through them all: their dreams are about doing what it is they love.
When you tie your positive attitude with what you love, and pursue a career in the same, you will find new opportunities opening up for you. Do not avoid doing what you love because you fear that it will only result in poverty or lack. If you fear this, then this is exactly what will happen.
Remember: the universe is infinite and abundant. Therefore your income (if that is what concerns you) need not be tied to what you do, but with what you think and feel.
Gratitude is one way to improve the way you think and feel, but it becomes strengthened when you act upon it by living your life to its fullest. You do this by following your dreams, by not being content to be just one more observer, but by being an active participant in your own life.
Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. However humble you start out in the pursuit of your dreams, your passion, your goals, the important thing is that you have made that start, that you have taken that first step.
The universe, being responsive, senses that and must therefore respond accordingly.