Do you remember some of the things you dreamed of when you were younger?
I remember my dreams, I was going to be a lawyer, then a PE teacher and then a police officer. I’ve been a police officer, and in a roundabout kind of way I’m now teaching, it’s not what I’d originally dreamed as a PE teacher, but I am working with others, and their mind and body, and I love it, I believe I am doing exactly what I was destined to do.
Maybe you dreamed about what you were going to be, where you were going to live, what your family was going to look like, where you would go for holidays, or perhaps you wanted to be an astronaut just like 7 year old Dexter who wrote to NASA, and got a response.
As kids we let our minds roam, and our imaginations take us to far away places where anything was possible. You don’t need to look much further than the movies to see we all love to get lost in a fairytale – The Harry Potter Series and Alice in Wonderland are a couple of examples.
Sadly though as some people get older they let life get in the way. They get caught up on the treadmill of survival, their dreams and aspirations seem so far away, so far in fact that they give up on them.
They can’t see past getting up, going to work – most probably somewhere they aren’t happy, going home, taking the kids to training or a friends, having dinner, going to bed and getting up to do it all again the next day.
A day turns into a week, a week into a month, a month into a year, a year into a decade, and before you know it your time is up. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Don’t be one of the many that look back and start sentences with I wish I had, I should have, Why didn’t I? This isn’t living, this is surviving.
Give yourself the opportunity to look back when you are older with fond memories on all of the many things you have achieved, not just material things, everything. It may be voluntary work you have done, the neighbour you helped out, climbing Mt Everest, representing your country at sport, the list is endless and only limited by your imagination.
Look at 19 year old Ashton Agar, he has just played his debut cricket match for Australia in the Ashes against England and he comes out and makes history by scoring 98 runs. In a television interview this is what he had to say, “It’s a dream come true really. That’s what it is to me… Forever I’ve dreamt of playing test cricket for Australia and for my debut to start the way it has, I’m over the moon, I’m very happy”. This young guy has just turned his dream into a reality, and it all started with a dream and spending endless hours playing backyard cricket with his younger brothers.
See, it is possible! You can achieve your dreams. Walt Disney sums it up best when he said, “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse”.
What is your dream?
In my next blog I’ll discuss ways you can stop all of the negative mind chatter that stops you achieving your dreams.