I’m naturally a dreamer. Always have been and I hope always will be. It took me a long time to embrace the fact that having dreams is important and valuable. For a few years now, my motto has been “Dream Big!” That’s the only way that we will ever push past our self imagined limitations to find out that we really do have the fortitude, the faith and the strength to accomplish more than we ever thought possible. Recently, I was assigned the “homework” of brainstorming about an upcoming project that we’re working on. I realized that I hardly ever take the time to just sit and think. It’s usually while I’m running errands or conversing with a 4 year old and doing dishes at the same time that my “thinking” takes place..always while doing something else. So, I decided to pull up the rocking chair right next to our cozy fire and just think. That’s it. Just think. Mind you, as a homeschooling mom who also works from home, time to think is such a rarity that I hardly knew what to do. I have to be honest and say that I didn’t even get a sprinkle going on in my brain, much less a storm, but I started wondering how our world would be different if we each had time to just sit and dream about all the possibilities each day. What if? What if we could think about how to achieve what was really in our hearts to do, whether it was to “Start Something That Matters” like TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie, love your family in a better way (like my friend Kristie) or just to dream about achieving your purpose on this planet.
I realized that so many times, we have dreams, but we don’t always know where to begin with making them come true. We don’t know how to put the legs to our dreams. That’s seems to be where most people get hung up. We might think “I would like to record an album” but don’t know where or how to begin that process. We might dream of being more patient with our children, but then when the crazy circumstances come, we’re not sure how to handle the situation. In the cases where you don’t know to begin, a good first step might be talking to someone else about your dream. Find someone that has personally been a good example for you in that area and ask them a few questions. Ask them where to begin with your dream. Talking about it is the first step to putting it into action.
I think the other factor that keeps us from achieving our dreams is captured in this phrase: “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” Recently, I’ve realized how much work and what a high level of commitment it takes to actually pursue opportunities that you never imagined were possible. Make no mistake, if you set out to follow your dreams, there will be moments along the way where you wonder “What in the world am I doing?” Am I crazy? Why did I start this? Will it be worth it? Why should I continue? When will this end? What was I thinking???? Those questions are just part of the journey. You will inevitably have those moments. Or at least, I do. I suspect that everyone who’s ever attempted something beyond their current scope of comfort does too. But the truth is, that you’ll never know if you can swim until you lose sight of the shore, so it’s important to leave your comfort zone.
So, if you’re a dreamer, keep dreaming! If you’re not a dreamer, but want to be, set aside a few minutes and start thinking about what’s in your heart! And if you’re somewhere along the journey to seeing your dreams come true….stick to the journey. You will find out that you can swim farther and longer than you ever thought possible. Keep busting out of those self imposed limitations. Are you the dreamer in your family or is someone else? What are your wildest dreams? We want to hear them!–The first step is admitting them