March 11, 2011

Dream On!

Day 70: 22.7 miles/1:22

”Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” ~ Napoleon Hill

It is difficult to accomplish anything significant without a dream that manifests itself into a goal that you work for.  Your goals all start out as dreams.  The only thing that makes a dream a goal is when it’s converted into a defined objective.  We all have dreams.  Not every dream makes it to the “take action” phase.

The beautiful aspect of visions and dreams is how they allow us to venture off into the land of possibilities.  It is the place where we can escape the realities of some of our frustrations and look out into the horizon and imagine something different.  Visions and dreams are our creative engine.  It is the place in our world where all ideas have potential.  They are the early, innocent, and as of yet, unspoiled, opportunities.

I love this quote for several reasons.  First, your visions and dreams are to be cherished.  Everyone needs them and no one should allow others to kill them.  They are the creative side of your soul.  They are the place where accomplishments are first viewed as possible.  They are the thoughts that eventually empower you to take action.  There is nothing impractical or inappropriate about having a dream or a vision. In fact, it is more troublesome if you don’t.

Next, the youthful innocence and exuberance of dreams is a source of inspiration and energy.  In the challenging world we live in, finding and celebrating a creative escape is a productive activity.  Dreaming about the potential for a different activity or program for our lives allows us to see opportunity.  That opportunity, while an escape, also allows us to feel the energy of the escape.  When you actually do accomplish your vision, it was the earlier escapes that enabled you to feel the energy and the opportunity of it.  Visions and dreams are an unspoiled walk in the land of what is possible while still living in your world of what is real.

Finally, not all dreams make it to the action phase.  However, it was the process of thinking about the possibilities that created the template for you to finally take action on that one vision that excited you the most.  The foundation for everything we accomplish starts with an idea, a vision, a dream.  Some of those ideas have been hatching for years.  Some simply emanate and are quickly put into action.  Regardless, the foundation for all of our success starts first as a dream or a vision.

Next time you find yourself wandering into space and dreaming about what is possible, I encourage you to stop and ask yourself one question – how can I get there?  If the dream and the vision truly inspire you, you will start to discover answers to that question that will enable you to take action.  If there are not enough clear answers, that is okay.  It simply means that dream is not ready for action yet.  If you keep asking that question as you dream, you will start to discover answers that will enable you to move forward on one of them.  That is when your visions will transform themselves into accomplishment.  Dream on!

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.