Posts Tagged ‘dream’

Conventional Wisdom?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Conventional wisdom often holds people back and is certainly not all that wise.

If you listen to conventional wisdom you’ve likely been told that if you reach for the stars you’ll never get there or that it’s silly to dream big dreams.

Maybe you’ve been told that your goals are unrealistic and that you need to remember who you are and where you came from. Well intentioned people may tell you you’ll disappoint yourself and you’re setting yourself up for a big let down.

But at the end of the day we must have our dreams as living would be pretty bland without them.

At the beginning of the day were excited because we’ve slept on those big dreams the night before.

I love to imagine myself getting an award and my acceptance speech after I’ve received it.
It makes me feel that it is possible and I’m not let down because I’m dreaming a dream rather than actually receiving that award. In fact, it makes me feel fantastic whether or not I ever actually get it!

The best dreams we have in our sleep are the ones where we soar. Have you had one of these?

Too bad we don’t allow ourselves more time to think of the sweet dreams that are possible for us.

We need more of these dreams.

Conventional wisdom was designed to keep us in line with the norm.
This is cautionary at best, meant to keep us grounded.

And to a degree there is wisdom in grounding BUT where would we be if we only paid attention to the norm?

Think Big.

Dream Big.

Dare to get past convention.

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The Dream

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

No ContactThe dream is to keep surprising yourself, never mind the audience.

Tom Hiddleston

Size of Your Dream

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The limiting factor on your success is not the size of the obstacles, but the size of your dream.”

Orrin Woodward

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Following My Dream Part Three

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Note: Today is the third of a three part post written by Shannon, a life long friend of mine. Her story is one I thought you would want to read about and be inspired by.

We all have dreams and want to follow those dreams wherever they take us but making changes in our lives can be tough especially when getting through daily life can often be a big challenge. I asked Shannon to share her story  so in this three part blog post she talks about her dream and how she went about achieving it.

Following My Dream Part Three

By Shannon H

How I Ended Up Living in Saudi Arabia

Almost all of my students were from Saudi Arabia, a country I knew nothing about and had never had any interest in. I knew that I needed to start job hunting but felt paralyzed. Not only had I never met anyone who had dropped their life and picked up to move over seas but doing it in their mid-fifties? My students all encouraged me to apply in Saudi Arabia but most of the jobs required 2 years of experience which I did not have. I decided to try Turkey, as I had made a good friend at the school who was from there, but after not having much luck I decided one day just to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia because you just never know… Fifteen minutes after I made my call the phone rang. It was someone calling from Saudi about my resume.

I was hired the next day. My son was willing to move into my house to take care of it and everything else fell into place. Sure there were plenty of naysayers and people who worried and others who thought I was crazy. Luckily my family was supportive of me as my mother and daughter were both travelers and my son had recently moved to Uganda for a job. The others I just did not listen to. I was also fortunate to have had a long term best friend who was beginning a new journey of her own and together we forged ahead sharing our worries fears and dreams. (Thank you Penny)

I am now starting my third year teaching at the top University in Saudi Arabia and one of the top Universities in the Gulf and Middle East.  I have been to Uganda 3 times to visit my son, his new Ugandan wife and their baby. I have been to Bahrain and Istanbul as well as all over Saudi Arabia.

I find that it is not easy living in a different culture and I certainly have gotten frustrated and had my down days but I love experiencing the experience! I love living my dream and although my kids miss me (I see them in the summers)they have told me that they are proud of me for not letting fear stop me from following my dream and for taking on this new adventure while most other people my age are falling into complacency (to quote my daughter)

So if you’re reading this and you have a dream you’d like to pursue here are some things that kept me moving toward mine:

1.     Keep dreaming

2.     Start with taking small steps

3.     Be open to opportunities

4.     Don’t let fear stop you

5.     Find people who are supportive

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Don’t Let the Noes Win

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

There are a lot of opinions in this world.

Don’t let one or one thousand “noes” stand in your way.

Keep finding ways to say yes to your dream.

When you stop saying yes your dream dies.

Don’t let it.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.      Flavia Weedn

Only As…

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.    Karen Rayn