Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dreams: Part 4


Life is full of dreams, yet it seems there are those big dreams, or that one life dream that wells up from inside of us, defines who we are, and sets our feet in seemingly unnatural directions. Sometimes its obvious, but for most of us, its hidden and we need to find it. Here we continue to unpack what to do with dreams.

Joan Miro, "This is the Color of My Dreams." 1925

In the first post, Dreams: Part 1, we talked about dreams are but the start, the discovery of what race to run. You don't need the money, the time, or the skills to do it right away; but instead, you look at dreams as what direction to head in. In Dreams: Part 2, we talked about dreams are found in the people or things we keep gravitating back towards as an indicator of what our inner dream is. Last week as baseball was in full swing all across America, in Dreams: Part 3, we looked out how the skills we've developed may be the best indicator yet on what our dream is. Why did you develop those skills on your own with no external reward?

A few weeks ago, most people in America had their imaginations fixed on the 640 million dollar Mega-Millions jackpot. It seemed everywhere I turned, people were talking obsessively about it. Some people where open about their dreams; other, well, they held their dreams so close as if talking about would some how jinx their chance of winning. Wikipedia says the odds of winning are 1 in 175,711,536. When the winnings are that high, we are all dreaming.

With virtually no chance of winning, should anyone have shared their dreams of winning? I think its safe to say that dreaming about winning the lottery is not about dreaming but about escaping from the present reality. So, when it comes to our dreams, what we see as a new possibility for our world, should we share our dreams.

The dreams we talk about are different. I did find hope in those people who wanted to good with their money, people who wanted to cure cancer or solve problems. It was inspiring. In fact, it was quite inspiring. Any time you have a dream to do good, you have to share it! It will help you flesh it out and figure it out, but it will also inspire others. If you think cancer can be solved, share the dream of how it can be solved with others, and those seeking to do good will be inspired.

But its more than inspiration, its also about mobilization. If you start sharing your dream, others may just want to follow you. It may be a few at first, but if you believe it, and they believe it, you have a tribe. Once you have a tribe, you can do those things bigger than yourself and make your dreams a reality. The bottom line is this, for dreams to arrive, you need a tribe!

Let me say it again, for dreams to arrive, you need a tribe.

So this is simple, use some of the ways we've talked about in the past few weeks about sorting out your dream. If you still need help, reach out to me or someone else. There's an old Buddhist saying that goes, “if you want to climb a mountain, but can't, talk to the one who climbs the mountain often.” After you've located your dream, start sharing your dream with everyone. If your shy, make that part of your story, “You know me as shy, but I have to share this dream I have...” Tell your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends, anyone. And keep sharing it. As they object, listen, but keep sharing it, because for a dream to arrive, you need a tribe! If you're not shy, you have no excuse.

And if we become obsessed with our dream, and others start to follow, than we will see... (fill in the comments below)

(For more reading on dreams and tribes, check out Seth Godin's book, Tribes!)



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