DARE TO DREAM?

  - February 7th, 2008 by Shalini Nambiar | Posted in General   23 Comments »
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‘Dreams give rise to hopes, Hope inspires efforts. Efforts results in success, so dreams are roots of success.’

This SMS on my mobile inspired me to write this ………..

Dreams are exciting, or they can turn into nightmares. They can also become reality. What is the difference between a dream and a goal?

A dream is the starting point. It’s where we allow ourselves to create images, ideas or concepts that we would like to have occurred in our future. A dream may not always seem realistic or achievable at first, but we are filled with hope and inspiration when we think it might just come true … one day.

A goal is created when we decide it is time to move this dream into action!

A goal occurs when we make the commitment to making our dream come true and start creating the plan to get us there.

It can be easy to do a lot of dreaming – I know I do! I have lots of wonderful ideas and aspirations dreamed up alone in my office. If I am not disciplined then I never move them forward to being goals. This is when I pick up the phone and start sharing my dreams with other people, friends or my own guide. Telling someone else my dreams is a sure way to motivate me to take some action.

You can stay in ‘dream mode’ for a short or a long time before turning it into a goal. There is no right or wrong timeframe.

It is my strong belief that we are not capable of dreaming things we cannot actually achieve. So if you have the ability to dream it, you have the ability to do it!

Think about it ……Do you  get dreams? And are you interested in making them come true? Start by writing your dreams down, the clearer the better. Don’t judge the possibility; just write whatever comes to your mind. Remember, what the human mind can conceive it can achieve!

Have you heard of Dr. Robert Schuler? He dreamt of a Crystal Cathedral in Santa Ana , California , which is an earthquake area. In the 80′s he invited a famous architect to plan the Cathedral for him. The architect was skeptical that such a large glass structure could be built there and if possible, would cost a fortune. “Do you have that type of money?” he asked Dr. Schuler. “No” was the answer. “Well, then it’s absolutely impossible!” the architect retorted. Dr. Schuler showed him his dictionary. The word impossible was cut out, as it was in all his literature. For him, impossible did not exist and a few years later the Crystal Cathedral was built

What he can do, you can do! Be outrageous! Think big! You can do it – if you really want to. Maybe the poem written by Marianne Williamson demonstrates what I mean. The words are very powerful and were used by Nelson Mandela in his Inauguration speech in 1994…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
 

The main reason is that we are “programmed” for mediocrity. We have not been taught that we can be powerful beyond measure. Since early childhood we are conditioned to swim with the swarm, to stay in the crab basket called humanity and there will always be people who will remind us of it – but in spite of all this, we have a choice at any one moment of our life.

We really can do what we are here to do – if only we do! And exactly here is our next challenge. To dare something new we must move out of our comfort zone and that takes courage because we feel safe and secure with what we know even when we are in a miserable situation. To help you move out of your comfort zone, visualize what it would be like when you have reached your big dream. Open your boundaries and dream in 3D. Visualize in every little detail, with all 5 senses, what life could be like when you are actually there. Close your eyes and daydream. Stop only when you can “see” yourself in your perfect day and have a wide grin on your face and a nice, warm feeling inside. Now open your eyes and write it all down. Every little bit of it… where you are, what you feel, who is there, what you do. Is it warm? Are you in a city or in the country? Is it a special celebration?

Make it a vivid Vision of your perfect day. Imagination is the root of everything we do and by far the most powerful tool to succeed. Unless you can imagine yourself being richer, happier, healthier, fitter, or whatever else you want, the chances of you ever getting there are slim.

Your brain needs to “see” the results of your actions before it will allow you to apply your time and effort in striving for them.

How much time do you give to your dreams every day? For most of us it is NONE! Then how can we ever expect to make them come true? Only when your vision is clear can you plan how to actually get there. Always start with the end result in mind! That is what most of us do wrong. We start walking before we know exactly where we are going. In consequence we stray off and get discouraged.

Work with the secrets of those who have done the “impossible”. Change your programming from “What if I fail?” to “What if I succeed?…………………..

Shalini Nambiar
Director
Excelsior American School Gurgaon

February 07 2008 08:07 pm | General

23 Responses to “DARE TO DREAM?”

  1. Sania Says:

    hmmmm this article sure does get me inspired to achieve my dreams…good job!

  2. Jaspal Says:

    Hey Shalini, that’s really well written … and so very true. May I request you to have a look at this You Tube video, and put it on the blog also if that is possible ….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

    It’s the last lecture given by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed auditorium on achieving ones childhood dreams. Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. You’ll love it, and your students will be greatly benefited too.

  3. Parul, Seattle WA Says:

    Yet another awesome article! “For most of us it is NONE!” made me smile; Sad, but true.

    Plus i think we get so caught up in the day to day mundane chores that we totally loose track of dreams and goals.

    What do we need, first to go back and dare to dream again and then to have the courage and conviction to follow the dream? Could it be something as simple as some “me time”, to rediscover yourself?

  4. Geetanjali Sharma Says:

    Hey this is a wonderful article….u really know hw to give people a lease in life….im going to dream….u made me do it fr so many years….nd i luv u fr that…..congrats!!!!!!hv printed nd pasted it in my room to be able to read it everytime im low

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    Actually i luv the quote…i promise i want to make it big and i will……luv u

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