“It’s a dream until you write it down, and then it’s a goal.”—Anonymous
I often ask others about their Dreams. I am genuinely interested in the Grand and often unspoken Aspirations of others, having a few of my own. One of the things I notice about average working people is that they tend to treat Dreams as dirty little secrets, and they almost sound embarrassed for harboring them. “Well, what I suppose I might like to do is maybe start my own, you know, business or whatever. It’s stupid, I know.” And then they scurry back into the shadows, hoping that no one will take notice of their transgression.
People don’t like to speak about their Dreams out loud, because speaking a thing makes it more real, it makes it feel like a goal, which is much scarier. Like Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter. Everybody goes around calling him “You-Know-Who” and “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”, because they lack the Bravery to face him. It goes without saying that if you can’t call your Dream by name, odds are you won’t be able to muster the Perserverance and Courage to pursue them.
Homework Assignment for Heroes
In that spirit, I would like you to complete a simple homework assignment. I would like each of my literally dozens of blog followers to leave a comment below in response to this post. I am asking you to step out of the darkness into the light, where everyone can see you, and call your Dream or Dreams by name. The more audacious the Dream, the better. Call it loudly, confidently, without hesitation or disclaimers.
No matter how ridiculous it sounds, type it into the comments field. Look at it. Say it out loud. Repeat it to yourself. Make it your mantra for the next week.
You’ve just taken your first steps into a larger world.
Next time: Putting words into action.