What no one tells you about achieving your dreams is that it's hard.
What no one tells you about achieving your dreams is that it takes 99.9% work for .1% celebration.
What no one tells you about achieving your dreams is that it looks very little like the montage in Rocky. In the film, Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa, a boxer who never reached his full potential, who now has a chance to win the heavy-weight crown against Apollo Creed. In one of the most iconic sequences in all of film, the "Rocky Theme Song" blasts loudly and we watch a musical montage in which Balboa works out, runs, and drinks raw eggs, until he's finally able to climb the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with ease. It's all very glamorous and inspiring, and it happens in just under three minutes.
What no one tells you about achieving your dreams is that growth doesn't happen in a three minute musical montage with inspiring music blaring in the background. It doesn't happen with thousands of people cheering you on because you "went the distance." Growth is the result of early mornings, late nights, daily repetition, and consistent execution that is most times so boring that no one would dare film it. Growth happens slowly. Growth has a repulsive odor, a mixture of the blood, sweat, tears, and skipped showers of individuals who show up and refuse to give up everyday because God has called them to something greater than their current circumstance. Growth can bring us to a Hollywood ending, but it certainly takes longer than ninety minutes.
What no one tells you about achieving your dreams is that it does not look pretty. Most days, you come home looking like Rocky Balboa at the end of sixteen rounds. But if the dream is worth it, if we really believe in God's promises for our lives, then hopping right back into the ring is not an option, or even an obligation, it's what we hunger for.