Your Future Lies In The Beauty Of Your Dreams
Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
– Marsha Norman
Such a beautiful idea, dreams coming from our soul, as illustrations of what we can accomplish with our life. What kind of life did you imagine when you were five? Ten? Twenty? Forty? Sixty? What came true and what did you throw away and abandon on the ground? What fears, excuses, and failures did you blame the abandonment on? Are you ready to turn a page and start the dream over?
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
– Walt Disney
What I learned about my dreams years ago is that they are waiting patiently for me to come back and try again. But it isn’t a matter of doing the same things that already failed to bring the dream into reality. It is all about me transforming and changing myself, so that I can become the person who can support that dream. I think that is why we fail so many times. We keep thinking that we just need to keep climbing the same slippery slope. And every time we slide back down, we think I just need to try harder. But it isn’t about trying harder, it is about getting smarter.
Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.
– Mattie Stepanek
Dreams serve a dual purpose. They grow you, shift and change you in order to accomplish them. And they bring something wonderful into the world, to shift and change others besides yourself. Dreams are realities not yet beheld. I am reminded here about the story of the Starfish. A man is walking along the beach and he is picking up Starfish and throwing them one at a time back into the ocean. Another man sees what he is doing and questions why. Why do something that is so little and doesn’t make a big difference. There are just too many starfish that wash up on the sand. The first man picks up another starfish and looking at it, he throws it back into the ocean. Then he says, for that one it makes a difference. What you are doing right this minute, is the beginning of that future. Even if it is as simple, as saving one starfish.
Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.
When you work on becoming the person you need to become to bring the dream reality into todays world, how do you know what you need to transform within yourself? The clues are like key holes in the walls that you build out of fear. Take for example the fear of public speaking. It is said to be one of the most common fears that we all have. You probably have this fear. So the wall of fear that you have built is designed to avoid any situations in which you might be asked to speak. Your body will fight against you. Some people go into hot/cold sweats. Some become nauseous and even throw up. Some people get that deer in the headlight look and forget everything, including their own name. So what is the key to transforming this fear?
Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.
– Alice Walker
You have to discover what is lying underneath the rock called fear of public speaking. Was there something that happened in the past where you were subject to public humiliation? Is it tied to a lack of confidence that you have something to say that others would find worthwhile? Is it about your own judgment of how you look up on stage? Do you drown yourself in the “what if’s?” What if I trip on the stage? What if the microphone doesn’t work right? What if I drop my notes and they are now in the wrong order? Get curious as to what is underneath your own fear rock.
Do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do.
When you pick up a literal rock, you might find dozens of different kinds of insects buried underneath it. With our rock of fear it isn’t just one answer buried underneath it. It is usually several different items that are weaved together to create the illusion of a huge unmovable boulder of fears. But as you unwind and untangle each fear, acknowledge it, and see how you can transform it, the illusion of the boulder shrinks down into a manageable fear rock.
The future depends on what we do in the present.
– Mahatma Gandhi
As you transform those fears with speaker training, practicing and being well prepared, and having the realization that your speech isn’t about you, it is about helping your audience, you will discover that giving a speech can be a wonderful experience. Having some butterflies in your stomach before speaking is normal. And having some nervousness with the first couple of sentences is common. You are planting the seeds of your future success in bringing your dreams into reality.
Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.
– Malala Yousafzai
What makes it “Life Transforming” is the realization afterwards, that while it might not be perfect, you did it! That someone in that audience needed to hear what you have to say. That if you can conquer what might have been a crippling fear about being a public speaker, what else could you transform in your life that has been holding you back? When you do something this transformational, you literally shift every cell in your body and become a new person. You can’t go back to that person you were before. Like the caterpillar, you just emerged from the chrysalis and spread your beautiful butterfly wings and took flight.
As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. And as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope. Never give up on yourself and never abandon your dreams.
– Susan Gale
As you transform yourself with change after change, you discover that your dream itself keeps growing. So the journey keeps going. Along the way you will meet people who tell you logically, that you are wasting your time trying to save a beach full of stranded starfish. You will experience epic failures. You will be disappointed by other people who you thought were in the dream with you for the long haul. But if you stay true to your dream and honor your imagination and never, ever, give up – you will be a winner in bringing that dream a lot further than you could have imagined at the beginning.