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This Advice From Olympians Proves No Dream Is Unobtainable

What would you pursue if you knew you could not fail?

Regardless of the obstacles you may feel are in your way, science has proven that having something to work toward and actively pursuing that goal can actually benefit your health. Engaging in a passion, whether you're an Olympian or just starting your first office job, can help you foster stronger psychological well-being and make you more hopeful, grateful and happier.

So how does someone really follow through on their dreams? In order to achieve lengthier pursuits, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found that focusing on specific, shorter goals was key to achieving a long-term goal. And by cultivating willpower, you're more likely to reach your objectives and improve your overall sense of self. In other words, accomplishing Olympic-sized dreams is possible to do all on your own -- and your well-being will thank you for it.

Still not convinced your passions aren't right within reach? In celebration of tonight's Olympic Opening Ceremonies, check out the six quotes below aimed to remind you that no dream is too big and no goal is too distant -- as long as you believe in your own capabilities.

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"To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them."Picabo Street, Alpine Ski Racer
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"We should grow up dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams."Herb Brooks, Men's Hockey Coach
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"Winning doesn't always mean being first, winning means you're better than you've done before."Bonnie Blair, Speedskater
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"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."Scott Hamilton, Figure Skater
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"If I have given my all and still do not win, I haven't lost. Others might remember winning or losing; I remember the journey."Apollo Anton Ohno, Speedskater
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"The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours."Peggy Flemming, Figure Skater
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