Posts Tagged ‘dreams’

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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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

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Note: Today is the first 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. In this three part blog post Shannon talks about her dream and how she went about achieving it.

Following My Dream


Shannon H.

I have always struggled with the two sides of my personality, the down to earth sensible side and the dreamer and adventurous side. The practical side usually won out with only those who knew me really well being aware of my other side.  But I have always been a dreamer.

 From the time I was a little girl I dreamed of traveling and exploring other cultures. I even had international paper dolls. They were my favorite. However, college graduation was followed by marriage, graduate school and three children (Also dreams of mine) and so I put traveling overseas on the back burner.

 Fast-forward 20 years. I had the good fortune to go to Paris with my mother to present, with her, at a conference. This experience rekindled my desire to travel.

 I began small by taking short trips by myself around the US. Gradually the trips became longer and further away. At first I was not confident in my ability to deal with all that comes with traveling and I was not sure if I could learn to have fun by myself. Eventually, I learned that there were nice people everywhere and that I could indeed enjoy my trips and handle them on my own.

I was one of those kids who loved National Geographic, especially the ones that featured Africa. In 2004 I was able to realize this dream when I went to Mali for 3 ½ weeks to visit my daughter who was in the Peace Corps. I remember when I landed just saying over and over again “I am in AFRICA, I am in AFRICA”. It was unreal! The first morning my daughter and I had breakfast at the rooftop buffet and I could see the whole city and again I just couldn’t believe that this dream had come true.

But it was more than just wanting to visit different places. I loved learning about other cultures and my dream moved from traveling to living abroad. I had no idea how in the world I would be able to do that. I had a job that I loved but really no money to speak of. How would I live?  Maybe I would wait until retirement age. I could probably live off of social security in other countries especially Africa.

I have always believed that if there is a will there is a way, even if I could not see it at the time. My past had shown me that when the time was right and with planning, things would fall into place. And so I continued to dream….

Next Post…When God Closes the Door He Opens a Window

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Saturday, September 14th, 2013

THINK as if your dreams depended on it–because they do.

What Makes Dreams Impossible?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

A single thing makes dreams impossible-the fear of failing..

Paulo Coelho

Can Your Relationship Stand the Test of Time

Monday, April 8th, 2013

There are many issues that can drain the life out of a relationship but there are a some that can be real deal breakers. Take a look:

1. Lack of Communication–In this day and age it probably seems improbable that a couple would have trouble staying in communication since there are so many options available. Some people may feel it’s too easy to communicate and thus feel pressured to communicate with their partner all day long.

Yet couples who don’t talk about plans, feelings, work, and dreams are headed for disaster. It’s not necessary to be in contact throughout the day but taking time at the end of the day to talk about your work challenges, funny stories, what the kids did at school, and plans for the weekend can make all the difference in the world.

2. No Common Interests–Think about and then jot down common interests you have with your partner. If you draw a blank after kids, work, house, and friends you might want to consider a hobby or activity you would both like to share. There is no substitute for quality time together.

3. Cheating on a Partner–Why does this happen in the first place? Maybe the woman stays home all day caring for the kids and feels that she needs something more in her life. Or, maybe the man sees his wife in sweats and a t-shirt daily yet sees women at work dressed to the nines. He resents his wife not looking her best and strays.

Both partners need to commit to the relationship. There will always be temptations but the couple who shares time together and dresses up for each other on a regular basis nurtures the relationship by letting each other know that the relationship is a priority and worth putting out extra effort for. Besides, it can’t help but spice things up.

4. Indifference–the silent deadly killer of relationships. It happens more often than you might think. When one partner is disagreeable or lacks interest in anything the other partner suggests, it is a sign that all is not well. Open communication is the key. If one partner is silent while the other is not it will be impossible to grow the connection for the long haul. Sometimes life gets busy and couples feel it isn’t worth the extra effort to open up and share not only the good but the other stuff that gets put on the back burner. Addressing the back burner topics sooner rather than later is the better course of action to take.

Successful relationships don’t just happen. They are grown over time. Place your relationship in the forefront, where it belongs.

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.

Okay to be Scared

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams.     Josh Hinds