On November 1st, SOS Leadership hosted an event called “Reignite Your Dream Machine.” The purpose of this event was to get folks fired up about life and get them to start dreaming again! Speakers Bill Moyer and Thom Singer reminded us of the importance of being able to dream.
Do you still remember what you dreamed about as a kid? What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you have imaginary friends? Most of us are really active dreamers with amazing imaginations when we’re kids, but as we get older, we slowly lose our ability to dream. Perhaps reality gets in the way. Maybe we fail a few times and decide that dreaming results in failure, so what’s the point? Or maybe others steal your dreams.
As a kid, did you ever find a dirty old stick in the yard? To you, it wasn’t a dirty old stick at all. It was a ninja sword or a magician’s wand! And what do most grownups say when they see a kid playing with a dirty old stick? “Put that down! It’s dirty!”
Our dreams for the future can be like dirty old sticks. When we’re young and hopeful, we can imagine ourselves fulfilling even our most far-fetched dreams. Where others see a dirty old stick, we see a sword or magic wand. As we lose our imaginations or let others make decisions for us, we throw down our dreams. The sword becomes a dirty old stick again, and we no longer see the possibilities; we only allow ourselves to see reality.
Dreams are prerequisites to goals. In the SOS Leadership Protecting Goals Program, we’re reminded that, “In order for anything to be physically accomplished, it must first be mentally accomplished.” If you can’t dream it, you can’t achieve it.
What are your dreams today? Start working on your Dream List, a list of things you’ve always wanted to do, places you’ve always wanted to go, people you’ve always wanted to meet. Nothing is off limits. Reignite your dream machine! Imagine a new you, and then make it happen!