#196 – Follow Your Dreams

Sometimes synchronicity plays a major role in the topics I select for these blog posts; themes seem to “present themselves.” This was one of those times. I have a niece who started college this fall, and her birthday is this week. In the birthday card I sent to her, I wrote about the importance of following our dreams: Our dreams are our deep hopes, wishes, desires and aspirations. They provide us with insight into ourselves and can teach us what we hold dear. They can inspire us to work toward making them come true. With every decision we make every day, we can either go toward or away from our dreams. Just two days later, I was a guest at an intimate birthday party for a dear friend. Around a campfire after dinner, another friend asked the guest of honor about her dreams for the year ahead. After first describing her ambivalence about “admitting her innermost dreams, not knowing whether or not they will come true,” she spoke clearly about her heart’s desire. We were enthralled. She then invited everyone else to talk about their dreams, and a heartfelt, deeply enriching conversation ensued.

Food for Thought ~

In the realm of organizational leadership, the term “vision” is often substituted for the word “dreams.” Around that birthday campfire, our conversation later turned to the strong attraction people have to leaders who are passionately pursuing their dream, their vision. Very often, we may even want to be a part of it, to share in striving toward making the dream come true. An inspiring dream can be profoundly compelling.

Question for the day ~

Do you have a dream, for yourself or your organization? Have you shared your dream with others?

Footnote ~

In a further touch of synchronicity, this quote came my way just today:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the voice of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They already know what you truly want. Everything else is secondary.”
Steve Jobs