- No one can tell you what to dream.
- It doesn't cost you anything to dream.
- It's the first step in actually making what you want a reality.
I have a good friend who often reminds me of something I told her years ago about dreams: "If you tell someone your dream and they don't laugh - it's not big enough." Now she's dreaming bigger than ever - and yes, people are doubled over, holding their sides, laughing at her.
Perhaps you've experienced the same thing. Have you ever said you were going back to school, starting your own business, going for a promotion, writing a book, competing on American Idol, starting a non-profit, adopting a child, becoming an Olympic champion, getting drafted by the NBA, NFL, MLB, or WNBA, winning Miss America, winning Mrs. America, or making it work with your spouse and all you got was a snide remark, lack of support or the advice to not waste your time? It takes a strong person to ignore the naysayers and refuse to let go of the dream.
But the one thing you have to remember about dreams is that they reside in the realm of possibility. It lives in the area of what could be. It reminds us that more is available to us. However, you have to be prepared to pull your dream out of the realm of possibility and into the realm of reality. How do you do that? By taking action. By becoming a DOER.
I've met many dreamers. They are family, friends, clients, previous co-workers, and casual acquaintances. Actually, there's no lack of dreamers. However, there is a shortage of doers. These are the people that actually work to make their dreams a reality.
So go ahead, dream - and make sure people are laughing at you. But don't forget to get busy - doing what it takes to make your dream a reality.