We caught up with actor & adventurer Ivan Zimmerman on his extraordinary expedition, cycling 12 280 KM from Beijing to Istanbul to raise funds for Fees For All. He is 52 days into his expedition and has cycled over 5000 KM.
From Kazakstan, he writes:
Your dream is your goal and your goal is your dream. Never quit. NEVER. As simple as that. It is not complicated. And therefore I am not going to make this complicated. As a matter of fact I am going to keep this as simple as possible. This is about not quitting. Quitting on the other hand … well quitting is a lot more complicated.
Not quitting means only one thing: I have beaten the odds to reach my goal by not giving up on applying solutions. Simple.
Quitting means a million or more things. Too complicated. So do not quit. Ever.
Through my adventures and challenging expeditions I have realised how important it is to know yourself. To know your strengths and how to maintain it; to know your weaknesses and how to build on it. This in itself is a lifelong process and should be embraced as a process that does not have a beginning nor an end and something can never be ignored. When you know yourself you can know what your dreams should be made of.
I have realised how important it is to do what you love. You can only know what you love if you know yourself and love yourself. It is the biggest most challenging single thing in life to get to know yourself, trust yourself and love yourself. Do it. So that you can do what you love. And by doing what you love you can enjoy life, have fun and make a difference in the lives of the people around you.
I have realised how important it is to set yourself goals. Goals help us to grow into amazing people with a better understanding of ourselves, our environment and the creatures within that environment.
I have realised how important it is to prepare for your goals. Allign your mind, body and soul to your goals. Train your mind by studying and researching your goal. Your body is the vehicle you use to reach yor goals. Keep it strong, healthy and fit. This will also refresh your mind. Feed your soul by asking why you are setting yourself these goals. You will find that an honest answer will mostly take you on a soulful or spirtual journey of growth.
Finally, I have realised how important it is to reach your goals. Reaching your goals creates a healthy confidence in oneself. Dreams are for people who sleep. Doing is for people who are awake. DO YOUR DREAMS and NEVER QUIT. There is a solution to EVERY problem.
Here are ten points that I believe will help you in not quitting your dream:
- You have to realise that you are born to take responsibility for your life.
- Love life.
- Do not compare yourself to other people.
- Know your worth.
- Motivate yourself
- Always try to make a positive difference.
- Embrace change.
- Take action.
Life is like a massive expedition. It should be treated like one as well.
LIVE simply. Travel LIGHT.