Harriet Tubman reminds us that “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” It’s a great reminder that YOU possess the necessary skills to begin chasing your dreams.
At the Put Your Dreams To The Test Seminar a few weeks ago, we discussed the 4 common reasons why people have trouble identifying their dreams. According to John C Maxwell, Leadership Guru of the World, those 4 reasons are:
- Some people have been discouraged from dreaming by others.
- Some people are hindered by past disappointments and hurt.
- Some people get into the habit of settling for average.
- Some people lack the confidence needed to pursue their dreams.
Can you identify with any of those reasons? Most people have dreams but have no idea of how to accomplish them. The definition the John Maxwell Team uses to define a dream is “an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will and emotions empowering you to do anything you can to achieve it.” A genuine dream is a picture and a blueprint of your purpose and potential.
Have you created your blueprint? In my book Chase Your Dreams, I’ve identified 6 steps to help you get started achieving your dreams. The first step is “knowing is half the battle.” Do you know where you are going? Carve out some time to take the dream out of your head and put it to paper. A goal thought of is not achieved. A goal written is achieved. Take some time to write your dreams and goals down. Then create a blueprint to help you achieve them.
As I close this message today, be reminded that you already have the resources and the power to achieve your dreams. Break your goals down into smaller more achievable steps. You’ll begin building your momentum each time you achieve one of those steps. Just like how it only takes a spark to get a fire going, it only takes small action steps to get your passion flowing. Stop procrastinating! Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams and take intentional steps towards owning your dreams.
I believe in you and I’m rooting for your success.