Are Your Dreams Still Dreams?

“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.” — Harriet Tubman

What are your dreams, your aspirations?  Is it to become the very best in your field?  The top salesperson in your company?  To have a $1 million in the bank?  Or, maybe it’s a dream to change the world.

Regardless your dream, it remains a dream.  You wake up each day dreaming great dreams and, yet, here you remain.

It’s not possible, you think.

It’s outside your ability.  Outside your comfort zone.  So you dream day after day.

But, as Harriet Tubman explains, you DO have within you “the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach the stars.” So what can you do?

J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, dreamed of raising $1 million for victims of Hurricane Harvey.  He wants to make a difference in his home of Houston, Texas.  Great, we all thought.  Then his actions toward making his dream a reality turned into $5 million, then $10 million.  We all thought, “Can he reach $15 million?”

As of yesterday, prior to the start of the Jacksonville vs Houston football game and the continued comments about J.J. Watts’ work, he had already surpassed $31 million.  I haven’t checked today, but frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if it has topped $40 million.

What’s the difference between J.J. Watts’ dream and yours?  J.J. Watts has taken consistent, daily action toward his dream.  What about you?

Do you know what the steps are toward achieving your dream?  Well, that’s the first step – identify what it will take.  What’s the next step?  And the next?

Each day, awake to the promise of a new day and look at what next step you can take, no matter how big or how small, and take it.  Keep on taking your steps.

One final note:  You may not actually achieve your dream; that’s okay.  In the end, it’s about WHO you become as a result of your efforts that really makes the most meaningful impact.

Go ahead; take that first step!

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

–Walt Disney


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