Dare to Dream

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26 July, 2019 By Linda Barbour

I am a dreamer. There, I’ve said it – I have vast dreams and big hopes that I aspire to accomplish one day.

And I’m not the only one with big dreams. We all have dreams and aspirations. However, a lot of us choose to put those dreams on hold because we’re afraid of where that road will take us should we choose to go down it.

It’s difficult putting ourselves out there day after day and getting rejected. It’s much easier to take the safer, surer route – the jobs that promise stability and perhaps monotony. We would rather settle for what we don’t want than try for something that would be so much more fulfilling.

Some of us dream of big houses, some of new technologies, some of changing the world, some of starting a family, some of having a flourishing business, and some of living on a beach.

Well, let me tell you that people have lived in big houses, people have created new technologies, people have changed the world, people have started families, people have lived (and still do) on beaches, and people have flourishing businesses. That is to say, people have accomplished these things!  People have become famous musicians, world leaders, perfect parents and successful entrepreneurs.

Our dreams are only as far out of our reach as we decide to put them.

Everything that has been accomplished, is being accomplished, and will be accomplished by the human race has been thought up by a human being.

The fact that the human mind can imagine and then implement that imagination into reality in order to give us everything we have and to accomplish the things mankind has accomplished is an amazing eye-opening thought. Our capacity for incredible acts and achievements is astronomical.

Fear can be an enormous deterrent when we consider our dreams, if we allow it to be.

We often wrestle with inward thoughts of:

What if I fail?

What if I can’t get enough money?

What if this isn’t as practical as getting a steady job?

What if people judge me?

We can come up with a million and one reasons not to do something and end up in the same place or try something new and daring, learning from the experience and perhaps even achieving what we’d set out to do.

Having the right thoughts and goals, pushing through the failures and the slumps, believing in yourself and your dream, and being flexible are all great ways to find what you’re looking for in life.

One of our biggest faults as a human race is our inability to believe that we could be great and succeed at the inward dreams of the visions that we hold.

Do you spend half your time imagining all the things you’d love to do? I bet you’re nodding your head, right now. If so, you’re a lot like me. 

I’ve had stars in my eyes since childhood and my aspirations never sleep.  I’ve always been a dreamer conjuring up ideas and what if scenarios in my head.

In fact often times I’ve heard those around me say things like:

“Get your head out of the clouds!”

“Stop dreaming and come back down to Earth!”

Oftentimes, I think to myself… 

“Why? Who would want to stay in the same old routine?  Let me dream, think, discover and create so that I may put a finger on my next destination. After all, God has given me the ability to dream and create, so why not use it to the best of my ability?”

Fantasizing can give you purpose. It can be the map that guides you, the building blocks to flesh out your future so you can head towards it as best as you can.

We have just one life, don’t we? I say, go ahead and dream! The real crime would be to stay static in your routines, or worse, to fantasize and do nothing – what a waste that would be!

Dreaming and heading towards something, however, is a grand way to live. It allows you to stretch yourself and see what you are capable of creating.  Dreaming allows you to always be forward thinking and not become a victim of circumstance.

Written by

Linda Barbour

Founder of The Flourish Network