Pipe Dreams?

One of the comments I hear from different people in my life is how their dreams of a brighter future for themselves are dismissed as “pipe dreams” by the people closest to them. It seems odd that the very people on whom we depend for support and motivation could dismiss dreams so glibly. What’s up with that?

“Pipe dreams” refers to a 19th century allusion to the effects of smoking opium. So does that meant that any of us who strive for transformation and dream big dreams are on drugs? Or could it be something else?

One of my favorite current motivational speakers is a gentleman named Lou Tice of the Pacific Institute. He is an inspirational man who has used goal setting to transform not just his life, but the lives of thousands of people all over the world. One piece that he speaks about is the need to have big dreams in order to grow and transform your life. Sometimes these dreams may appear unattainable and unrealistic.

I encourage you to dare to dream big. Really BIG. If the people around you think that the dream is TOO big, then you’re on the right track. Their response has nothing to do with you — it is a reflection of their discomfort with their perception of your place in their world. If you grow, then they will have to re-do their definition of you. Seems to me like that’s their problem, not yours.

But what happens if your dream changes? Build another one! Give it energy. Don’t worry about how it will become real. The energy and passion you put into attaining that dream will help you find the path to growth and transformation.

I leave you with this quote from Walt Disney:
“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Dream fearlessly, my friends!

(If you want to know more about The Pacific Institute and Lou Tice, check out http://www.thepacificinstitute.us/v2/)

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