Feed Your Dreams
Dreams are a funny thing. I'm not talking about the ones you have in your sleep about being weightless, or wearing a chicken suit to prom, or being chased by aliens. I'm talking about the kind of dreams that keep you up at night, the passions that make you excited to get up in the morning and attack the day. They give us purpose, and each person's dream is the unique fuel for their life.
I've always been a dreamer. A late bloomer, I wasn't the coolest or most popular kid growing up. When I hit my awkward stage in high school I shied away from social interaction and found more satisfaction in my music. I was just learning piano and barely had picked up a guitar but I had big dreams for a music career. As cheesy as this sounds I spent a lot of time in my room, guitar strapped on, standing in front of the mirror, strumming along with the radio imagining I was performing for a crowd of thousands. Yes I actually did use a hairbrush as a microphone. There were quite a few moments of extreme embarrassment when I realized I left my window open or my sisters barged in the room. It never stopped me though, I was back at it the next day.
In my mind I was already a rockstar. It was just a matter of time until that became a reality. Little did I know that the time I spent in front of my mirror would provide me with a major advantage when it came time to step out on the real stage.
A good friend of mine always told me that "it's your private practice that determines your public performance."
This goes far beyond the cliche saying that practice makes perfect. It's not about being perfect. Aiming for perfection will leave you frustrated every time. It's about being prepared to fully step into your dream when the opportunities present themselves. Yes I said opportunities with an "s". You will never just have one shot at your dream. People who think that way will quickly be buried in despair the minute things don't go their way.
Every successful person I know operates in the mindset of what their fullest potential is, even if they haven't reached it yet. When the time comes to step up to the plate with two outs at the bottom of the ninth, you will have a much better chance of hitting it out of the park if you have already envisioned and practiced swinging for the fences prior to that moment.
What I am saying is that you have permission to dream. I not only give you permission but I vehemently encourage you to do so. I want you to go somewhere private and act like a child, foolishly acting like you are the thing you want to become.
Singer, dancer, lawyer, quarterback, it doesn't matter. Be proud of what you see in that mirror.
It's time to open up the doors of your heart and mind and let some air in. Spend time everyday thinking on and getting excited about what it looks like to fulfill your destiny. Leave reality behind for a moment and just dream. You know you have struck oil when your heart beats faster and you can't sleep at night. When you are excited about your dream others will be too. You should never expect anyone to have more passion for your dream than you yourself have.
The hard work is the next step in the process, but for now just dream, and remember it will be the fuel for that hard work so you better have a full tank to complete the journey.
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