“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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I’ve always been a dreamer. Maybe it’s because I thought everyone else was a dreamer as well.
Even when I was a little boy growing up in suburbia, I dreamed of bigger things for myself outside of my hometown. I’d dream about the places I would go, the people I would meet. The dreams I had manifested themselves in a variety of ways as I sketched them out, doodled, wrote lyrics and sang songs about my life to be.
These were big dreams, very grand for a nine year old. It wasn’t until many years later, when I entered the business world that I discovered those things I dreamed about, slowly came true, one by one. By no coincidence either. I dreamed my goals into existence, visualized them until they came to life and became a part of my reality. You can achieve your dreams too. I kept my dream alive all those years and it’s not too late for you to do the same thing as well, no matter your age. It’s time to dust off the dreams you once had and put them back into play.
What are you doing to keep your dream alive? If the two of us met at a networking event tomorrow and I asked you about your dreams, what would you say? So, what are you doing to keep your dream alive? It’s never too late.
Mother Teresa won the Nobel Prize at 69 for her missionary work. Colonel Sanders was nearly 70 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken. Never give up and never let a stumble take you out of the game. Apple Founder Steve Jobs flunked out of school and kicked out of the company he founded before his dream of running a company of visionaries came true. Abraham Lincoln had many failed attempts at public service before rising to the presidential office. Most importantly, you deserve to live your dreams. Lincoln, Jobs, Sanders and Teresa were all dreamers.
Anyone with a dream deserves to achieve their dream if they work hard enough. Success and greatness are within you and the decision is yours. The problem is most people are not willing to take the first step. The first step is change. Are you willing to change in order to achieve your dreams?
You dream for a reason and that reason is not so you can escape. You dream for the same reason we all dream, you want more out of life. You also dream so your brain can help you take the needed steps to achieve more and as you change. The human brain is an amazing thing. Words like hope, faith, belief, sit on a shelf until the fuel of motivation comes along. Motivation has some pretty long arms and pulls those words down from the high places in your mind. It is also the gasoline that lights the flame of hope, faith and belief, turning them into action, burning bright.
Take a reality check. If you are not where you want to be in life, instead of giving yourself a hard time, give yourself a dream. Allow yourself to take some “you” time to think about your dreams again. If you have kept your dreams away long enough, they may be tough to recall. Start by saying these words to yourself. “What would I do and where would I be if I knew I couldn’t fail?” Napoleon Hill, a great businessman and author of “Think and Grow Rich” said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Find support from those around you. Your supporters want you to be happy and they will be cheering you on every step of the way. Surround yourself with people that believe in you, embrace positivity and welcome your dreams back into your life.
Dream a little dream of you.
About Doug Sandler
Doug Sandler is a professional speaker, author, blogger and definitely a dreamer. He owns a company called Nice Guys Finish First, helping organizations get the most out of their relationships with their customers. He has a weekly blog at www.DougSandler.com and also contributes his writing to Huffington Post. For more information about bringing Doug to your organization, please visit his website.