“Mommy, that can of Coke says “Share with a dreamer.”
“yes”, I replied, “pretty cool, huh?”
“Mommy”, he said cautiously, “I’m a dreamer, so you should share that coke with me.”
“But you aren’t allowed to have soda”, I said (hence, the cautious tone of his inquiry)
He replied with conviction,
“But, I’m a dreamer!”
And, I just couldn’t say “no” to his little 9 year old face. So, I stuck the tip of my finger into the the opening of the can and gave him a taste.
At age 9, he has A LOT of dreams. Some of them are a bit audacious for a 9 year old but nonetheless, he is a dreamer. We applaud and encourage his dreams. We tell him that he not only can dream but he should work hard to make sure those dreams come true.
We are constantly working out some plan for the ever changing “dream of the day”.
We do not discourage him, we don’t tease him, we don’t tell him his dream is too much or will never happen.
That is not our right to do so.
But, I know not everyone feels this way. I know there are people out there that are the “dream-discourages”
It’s happened to me.
From the time I was 19 years old, I’ve wanted to meet Elton John. (I had already been a fan for a few years but didn’t attend my first concert until I was 19.) Sure, I was made fun of, sure I was told it would never happen, sure there have been times over the years where I allowed “life” to get in the way of my dream.
But, I’m 41 now and although I have yet to meet Elton, I’ve gotten his autograph several times and have met every member of his band. AND, I got to sit at Elton’s piano!!
That’s what I call the “unintended consequences” of pursuing a dream. NONE of those things would have happened if I had given up on my dream.
What has happened to your childhood dreams? Did life get in the way? Did enough people discourage you so you began to believe that your dream was too big, too unrealistic or even, that it would never happen?
Complete this sentence: One day I want to __________________.
Write down the FIRST thing that comes to mind.
Now, lets work on making that dream happen. Are you ready?
1. Write down your dream. In pen, pencil, marker, crayon – anything that writes. Typing is just not the same. The physical act of writing makes it real.
2. Believe that if “you can dream it, you can achieve it”. If you don’t believe it, find someone who believes in you. If you can’t find anyone, contact me and I’ll believe in you until you believe in yourself.
3. Put a plan in place. Create actionable steps. Create a timeline. These three things will change as you go about pursuing your dream, but you have to start somewhere.
4. Speaking of starting, GO DO IT. Dreams don’t get accomplished without action. We don’t all live in Disney world where dreams magically come true. You have to put things in motion and then see what happens.
5. Don’t give up. NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER. Don’t do it.
Your dream matters. It matters to you, it matters to me, it matters to every single person who will hear your story and be inspired to follow their dreams too.
Are you ready to dream again? Is money one of the reasons that you feel like you can’t dream or that your dream won’t come true? I’d love to help you through that process.
Contact me today to schedule a date and time for us to get your dream ALIVE again!