Many a time I’ve been accused of being “a dreamer,” as if there’s something wrong with that.
If you don’t dream, how can you produce anything creative or original? It took me many years to realise that being a dreamer is a great advantage. Dreamer is just another word for a visionary, meaning someone who has a vision. And as we know, any great creative act has to be preceded by a vision.
Martin Luther King Junior made a point of this when he said “I have a dream…” In that famous speech he was describing his vision of “The Promised Land” right here on earth that the black freedom movement was trying to create. And one could credibly argue that by communicating this very dream he later made it possible for America to elect a black president.
The progress of the human race is and always has been spearheaded by dreamers, creative thinkers who want to do things differently. Leonardo da Vinci was another example, with his designs of helicopters and other machinery that must have seemed crazy at the time. Other visionaries who have changed the world include Copernicus, Newton and Darwin, to name a few. More recent ones include Marconi, Geldof and Attenborough.
Of course the story doesn’t end there, for hard work is necessary to bring a vision into reality. A great example of this was Edison who dreamed of a light bulb that would last long enough and be sufficiently economical to be useful to industry. He and his technicians carried out over 1,000 experiments until they were satisfied they had a sufficiently reliable product to bring to market.
This is why I encourage my clients to dream and to build visions of what they want to achieve. This could include visualizing yourself doing what you long to be doing, or holding the object you wish to create, looking at the house you want to build or hugging the person you’ve fallen in love with.
Everything is created twice, according to Steven Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. First you create something in your heart and mind. The second creation is when you translate your vision into reality.
Therefore, once you have built your dream and you can see it in detail, the next step is to take action. This is where many people fall down because they simply don’t believe that they, an ordinary mortal, can make it happen. But you can. If that’s your stumbling block try acting as if you believe in yourself and take that first step. See what happens. You’ll be amazed. And once you’ve made a start, whatever transpires, keep going, do whatever it takes, put your heart and soul into it until your goal is reached.
One final comment: I once met a woman whose son wanted to be a doctor, and she advised him “not to get his hopes up.” She did not want him to get hurt if he failed.
Problem is if you don’t go for broke and put your whole heart into achieving a difficult task, you stand no chance. Making contingency plans for failure is the kiss of death.
Sometimes we fail and it hurts, but that’s no reason not to keep your dream alive. If you want it enough and you are suited to the task, you’ll get there in the end.
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