What was your dream growing up? Did that dream fade or turn into something else? We all have dreams as kids and still do, but many people give up on their dreams to accept mediocrity. Why does this happen, and how can one avoid it? This week we will discuss chasing dreams.
One of my favorite movie scenes comes from The Pursuit of Happiness. If you have not seen this movie, do yourself a favor and check it out. In this particular scene, the father (Will Smith) is shooting basketball with his son. The dad is not very good and first tells his son not to get his hopes up too much because if he’s anything like his father, he won’t be very good. He also tells him he doesn’t want him out shooting the ball all day and night. As soon as the words come out of his mouth, the dad realizes what he’s just said and corrects himself. He tells his son, “Don’t ever let anybody tell you can’t do something, not even me.” This line couldn’t be any more true. Too many people give up on their dreams because people doubt them and tell them it can’t be done. The father also tells his son, “If you have a dream, protect it. You want something go get it. Period.” This is outstanding advice and something I’ve shared with my team and will also share with my son. It is sad to see people living without dreams. The difference between the ones who make it and the ones who don’t is stubbornness. The stubborn refuse to give up on their dream and work at it until it becomes a reality. If you have a dream, protect it and go get it.
People often give up on their dreams or reduce them because they fear failure and the public reaction it brings. Many times one will be ridiculed because others think that their dream is too outlandish. If this ever happens or you fear it will happen, always remember this quote, “If people don’t laugh or mock you, your dreams aren’t big enough.” This quote gives me solace when I start to doubt myself and helps me to remember that all people who have achieved great things were doubted. As the internet sensation, the kid president, says, “What if Michael Jordan had quit? He wouldn’t have made Space Jam.” If you don’t know what I’m referring to, do yourself a favor and look up “kid president” on YouTube.
Another thing that can help you keep your dream alive is to turn the criticism around and use it as motivation. Use the negative responses and thoughts as fuel to the fire. There is nothing more depressing than a person without dreams. Remember that these critics don’t have a dream, so they’re only trying to bring you down. Just keep this in the back of your mind and use the haters as motivators every day. As for me, my basketball girls and I hear about the people who doubt our team’s ability. We talk about this together as a team and use it as motivation. We want to do well for ourselves, but it also brings great satisfaction to prove people wrong.
Walt Disney, one of the greatest dreamers ever said, “If you can dream it. You can do it.” We can accomplish anything we put our minds to, but that may require personal sacrifice. In order to make our dreams become a reality we must be willing to cut fat from our life. That’s what the successful do. They are willing to give up something they have or do that is of little significance in order to get the bigger prize. Can you give up one hour of television a week if you knew it would bring greater success?
Being a coach and athlete, I love to study other greats in my field. Olympic athletes offer some the best advice when it comes to dreams. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said, “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you go.” Please take this advice for yourself but, more importantly, pass it along to our children. Our world is in need of great dreamers and leaders. Please do not discourage someone who has a dream, no matter how crazy you think it is. At least dreamers have a vision, a passion, and a purpose. These traits must be passed down to my son’s generation.
If we are able to encourage rather than discourage our younger generation’s dreams, the possibilities are limitless.
Goal for the week: DREAM BIG.
Thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!