Martin Luther King, Jr. not only had a dream, but he acted on his dream. Dreaming itself takes courage. But even more rare are the people that are willing to unfold their dreams. We know about the dreamers that changed the world (like Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, Gandhi, John Lennon, and Nelson Mandela) not because they had a dream, but because they had the courage and perseverance to act on their dream for years and years- as long as it took.
Everyone has had dreams. Many of us have pushed them away because it became too painful. It is usually painful because we did not act on them.
So having or remembering the dream is the first step. Then unfolding the dream is where the true work begins. This requires you to risk, expose, and become vulnerable. As long as you keep your dream to yourself, it is safe. No one can criticize it or make fun of it. Plus you don't have to face your resistance and fear about unfolding it.
To walk through this, it is helpful to have support and to be around people that are in a similar situation. It helps to be asked the tough questions and to be pushed. And to problem solve with people.
So… Are you working your day job while dreaming about what you are really passionate about? Do you have a project or piece of art you want to create or finish? Do you have a business that you always wanted to start?
If so, you owe it to yourself to find some support and act on it. If you are in San Diego, I invite you to come to The Next Chapter Meetup on Wednesday (link). It you are somewhere else, I implore you to find people who can support you in the unfoldment of your dream.
Then when you say, “I had a dream…,” people will actually know what you are talking about...
…because you did not keep it to yourself.
Posted on Tue, January 21, 2014
by Michael Hoffman filed under