We have often heard the phrase, 'follow your dreams', since childhood. What you might not have heard is how to know what your dream actually is.
Sometimes childhood goals can be shunned and described as lofty ideals, silly fantasies, or head-in-the-cloud ideas. These reactions can diminish our enthusiasm and positive attitudes. These seemingly trite comments might even come from a well-meaning parent, peer, or even a stranger.
How many of us have been influenced by an unthinking person who said something that we then turned into a major decree?
The sad part is that some of us never go back up into our attic of wishes, desires and creative thoughts. They get set aside, mothballed, and never reconsidered.
Fortunate is the person who does to back up there and finds an old box of forgotten ideas and realizes that the reality is that they still want to live that old dream, fantasy, or silly idea.
Fortunate is the person who can forge past the negative comment than changed their course of action- or killed it altogether.
The moral for your morale is this: Be kind to the ideas that excite you! Be aware that you get a charge when you dream up a certain idea, project, hobby. Be still (in the moment) and feel the tiniest emotion that still is bouncing around in your dream-world and is waiting and ready to finally be set free.
A friend of mine told me that he realized that his dream was not going to happen in Harlem. He told his friends that he was leaving. They replied, "No one leaves here." "I am", he said, and walked out to become a NFL football player, successful insurance salesman, published author and now a PhD. Any one of these professions would be the proud end of most people's dreams.
Have YOU a dream? Number 1: Let it be OK that it is there. 2: Let the 'child' in you re-ignite the free-thinking, uninhibited energy that first sparked the thought. 3. Don't let any comments or negative attitude stand in your way- not even your own.
Let us know what you are doing to let your light shine!!