I’ve always been a dreamer. Even as a little guy (way before mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, and even cable TV), I would love to play outside with my younger brother. We would have incredible, epic adventures together. Our bikes would quickly turn into the Batcycle, where Robin and me would tear out of the driveway and careen around the corners of the neighborhood in search of a new adventure.
Now, as I'm older, the dreams have changed, but never gone away. Dreams of being an amazing man, husband and dad, leading incredible teams, building amazing businesses, speaking to audiences of thousands of people, writing bestselling books, creating a place where people can come and we can enjoy doing life together and making a difference in the lives of people across the country and around the world. My intuition loves to keep me in a place where I’m always looking at POSSIBILITIES and POTENTIAL for the future. What could I be? What could I do? What can I be part of creating in the future? How can I invest today in lives that will lead to amazing results tomorrow?
Many people discover their dream in a flash of insight after working in an area for years. Some receive it in a time of prayer. Others are motivated by an event from their past. For me, it’s been a combination of all of the above and more. If you haven’t already discovered your dream, the following five steps will help you clear away the clutter and discover your dream.
Believe in your ability to succeed. You must believe that you can succeed if you are to succeed. Dreamers always keep a balance between optimism and realism.
Get rid of your pride. People full of themselves usually don’t have much room left over for a life-changing dream. If you have no room for failure because of pride, there’s no room for big dreams. Dreaming involves risk.
Cultivate constructive discontent. Discontent is the driving force that makes people search for their dreams. Complacency never brings success. I like to say, “be grateful in everything and complacent in nothing."
Escape from habit. Don’t accept what is without considering what could be. Becoming too entrenched in the “day in and day out” drudgery of life often leads to a point years down the road where you look back and ask “Where has the time gone and what dreams have I missed chasing?"
Balance creativity with character. When it comes to their dreams, truly successful people have enough creativity to think it out, and enough character to live it out.
Dreaming is powerful. It provides motivation to keep moving forward. It nurtures creativity and innovation for change. It provides a fire that is the catalyst for living a life of purpose with passion. My dream is different from your dream. But, we all need to balance hope for tomorrow with giving our absolute best in everything we are and do today.
That’s where dreams come true!