“Living up to a dream is rarely as important as entering it for all it has to teach.”
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What did you dream about as a child? How did your dreams evolve or change as you entered adolescence and your early adult years?
If you are a bit older, what did your dreams include in your 30s, 40s, 50s….?
Where did the dreams take you, and what did you learn along the way?
What vision, mission, and goals do you have for yourself today?
How mindful are you about picking up the lessons along each step of your path?
Motivational Speaker Les Brown and a few others authors suggest we keep shooting for the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars.
“You are full of unshaped dreams…/ You are laden with beginnings…/ There is hope in you.”
—Lola Ridge, 20th Century Irish-American anarchist poet
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What are your dreams for 2021? To what degree are they still unshaped or in a formative state?
What projects have you already begun, and where are you tentatively waiting to take that first move?
How hopeful do you feel about your ability to influence and impact the future in your various personal and professional communities?
Where are you holding back to dream, to begin, to hope?
How can and will you courageously and passionately release your fullest potential to realize the possibilities and opportunities that await?
“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
—Morpheus, portrayed by Lawrence Fishburne in The Matrix
Image of Morpheus from Wikipedia
Morpheus was the Greek god of dreams. The Greek work “morphe” translates to “form” in English. Morpheus is, according to legend, the god who shapes and forms our dreams.
Although most people dream, for some reason many of us seem to forget them, including the insights they may provide, when we wake.
One strategy to consider is to keep a notepad near your bedside to fully capture the ideas and insights you wish to act upon.
What insight, dream, or priority matters are you still “in the think” about? When will you begin taking action to walk the path to realize your dream?
“Life is a series of moments. If you miss the moments, you miss your life.”
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Someday is not a Day in the Week: 10 Hacks to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, is Sam Horn’s newest book.
Sam is one of the reasons my book, The Quotable Coach – Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom, became a reality.
In 2013, I had the opportunity to spend two full days in her home, along with a dozen other lucky – or shall I say, committed – individuals who wanted to launch special projects and not wait for “someday.”
Her many personal stories and experiences fully demonstrate, and will inspire you to seize each day as precious moments not to be missed.
Consider watching Sam’s TEDx South Lake Tahoe talk. What one dream have you been putting off for “someday” that you will act upon today?
“The greatest thing about man is the ability to transcend himself, his ancestry, and his environment, and to become what he dreams of being.”
—Tully C. Knoles, early president of the College of the Pacific
Do me a favor. Please read today’s quote four more times.
Read it slowly.
Savor each word like a fine wine or choice morsel of an extraordinary meal. Let its full meaning sink into your bones to see how it does, or could, apply to your life today and as you move forward.
Where is your past or ancestry somehow holding you back and placing limits on what is possible?
Where is your current personal or professional environment blocking your progress and thwarting your efforts?
How can you summon the wondrous and extraordinary capacities within you to transcend your current self? How might this help you realize far more of your most inspired and compelling dreams?
“A man has dreams of walking with giants. To carve his niche in the edifice of time.”
I first saw Mary Poppins in 1964. I was seven years old. It was a cold, snowy day. Mom and I took several buses into downtown Philadelphia, to stand in line for the big event.
This technicolor miracle of Disney magic had people buzzing for weeks. Beyond the special effects was a heartfelt story of exceptional characters. Today’s quote by George Banks, the family patriarch in the film, is powerful coaching for young boys and girls, as well as the older generation.
What are your dreams? What niches are you carving? What giants do you walk with? How will you leave your mark on the edifice of time?
What efforts can and will you make in the years ahead to make an even bigger impact on the edifice of time?
“Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”
—Akira Kurosawa, 20th Century Japanese Filmmaker
I am currently reading The Big Idea – How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future, compiled by National Geographic. This visually stunning and well-organized manuscript explores some of the big ideas and big thinkers of the past and the present, who are shaping our present and future.
If you have an interest in health and medicine, transportation and space exploration, information and communication, biology and the environment, chemistry and material, physics, or the cosmos, this book is a gem!
What are your dreams for your professional or personal life, or for that matter, the world? How can you realize these dreams by tapping into the big ideas of others and capturing more of your inner genius?
“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.”
– Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author
Image from Flickr by Marco Gomes
In the personal development world, the phrase “breakthrough results” has become a cliché. It reminds me of one of those late-night infomercials for some special non-stick cookware or a Ginsu knife that can cut through a pop can without getting dull.
A key to these claims, as well as the claim of professional and personal breakthroughs, is that the product, system, or method must have the inherent ability or capacity to achieve a result not previously possible by other means.
Peale is suggesting that when our heartfelt commitments are involved, they will inspire and motivate us to scale the highest life fences to realize our sincerest goals.
Select at least one heartfelt professional and/or personal fence you wish to scale, and share this intention with others who are committed to your success.
With their commitment and support, you will find yourself on the other side sooner than you ever imagined.
“Dream big, but allow yourself the opportunity to start small and have your share of struggles in the beginning. The world’s greatest composers weren’t writing symphonies the day they first sat at the piano.”
– Kevin O’Rourke, American film, stage, and television actor
O’Rourke is suggesting that we consider our life as a splendid symphony and that we are all composers.
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The other day, my wife Wendy downloaded a piano app onto her iPad and began to play around with it. She began with scales and made an effort at Chopsticks. She eventually wants to play the piano that was given to her by her father many years ago as a gift when we were first married.
What are a few of your big dreams and goals? What small steps and potential struggles must be taken now to help you develop the mastery to compose your personal and professional symphonies?