Motivational Minute: Revive the Dream
In the play, Les Misérables, some of the lyrics to the song, I Dreamed a Dream, go like this:
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving…
But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame…
I had a dream my life would be…
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed
Sadly, life is filled with many rough-and-tumble moments that distract us from the childhood dreams we carry around in our heads. It’s sometimes just easier to give up and give in than it is to keep the spark alive and make the dream a reality. For some, the dream emerges at a young age and the real-life experiences crowd out the vision. For others, the dream comes later and is snuffed out by naysayers, doubters, and the negative scripts swirling around in our heads.
For those of us who dream, then get discouraged; there are things we can do that may help us keep the fire burning – keep the dream alive.
D – DO at least one thing everyday that moves you one step closer to your dream. No matter how big or small, don’t let the day get away from you until you’ve accomplished this one thing.
R – REMEMBER why you had the dream to begin with. Take a moment to consider all the reasons why you believed in your dream from the start. Write it down and put it somewhere visible as a reminder.
E – ENGAGE with only those people who believe in you and are willing to help you achieve your dream, even if all they can do is offer words of encouragement. Stay away from those who see the glass as half empty.
A – ASK for help. Your friends and family care about you and want to help you, but they don’t know what to do unless you tell them. Don’t get discouraged by those who can’t or won’t help, just learn from them.
M – MAKE a plan to move forward. Establish goals and objectives that will help you accomplish your dreams; celebrate every success, big and small.
The power to do what you want to do is there – it’s the power of the dream. You may not be able to measure it, you may not even be able to name it, but you can realize it if you set your mind to it. Let life revive the dream you dreamed.