Hello SOTGC community!
To dream is to envision your most fearless self setting out on a journey towards achieving your aspirations, pursuing your passion, and living your life each day as though it was full of endless potential. I am a firm believer in dreaming big, dreaming fearlessly, dreaming as though you are still that five-year-old child who navigates the world with hope and imagination.
Over the years, I have also experienced firsthand the importance of guarding these dreams … protecting beautiful dreams from the harsher aspects of our world, from self-doubt, from the fear of failure, and from the negativity of others.
We all grow up hearing about the importance of guarding one’s heart … I propose that we also set out on a mission to guard our dreams … because dreams too are fragile and vulnerable things.
We must first learn to guard and protect our dreams from self-doubt, from negative self-talk, and from the fear of failure. Sometimes, it is the fear of failure that makes us cut back on our aspirations in the first place. Big dreams require a great leap of faith, and the journey ahead often involves a great deal of challenges, new experiences, detours, and hard work. It is important to not let this take away from a positive outlook; I believe that it is possible to be simultaneously pragmatic and optimistic. You can choose realism as you identify potential roadblocks, but be self-confident in your ability to deal with these trials. Choose positive self-talk over negative internal dialogue. Choose to see setbacks as opportunities to take a new approach on the journey to achieving your dream, rather than seeing them as failures.
Learning to protect your dreams from self-doubt allows you to become your number one fan. Become an immovable guardian of your dreams, and in doing so, set forth into the world with dreams that are untouchable because you unconditionally believe in them.
Fostering an environment where our dreams can flourish, grow, and prosper, is also an important aspect of guarding our dreams. Learn to surround yourself with people who support you in achieving your dreams; who believe in you and raise you up rather than pull you down. It is such a beautiful thing to be able to share the joy and excitement of a dream with others; to find friends and mentors in the world to be able to do so with is a gift. Likewise, surround yourself with people who will remind you of your dreams, and your ability to achieve them, during the challenging and trying times. Build a scaffolding of social support that allows you to guard your dreams and believe in your ability to achieve them so that when you need that extra dose of inspiration, motivation, or encouragement, you have people there to feed your spirit.
Whether it be reading inspirational quotes, putting fresh flowers on your desk, painting your walls in your favorite colors, or creating an uplifting playlist for your commute into work, create a microcosm for yourself that makes guarding your dreams a bit easier on a daily basis. Create a safe place for your dreams … a space, both in physicality and in mind-set, where you find yourself inspired and happy. When you are in your happy place, you are better able to not only be a true guardian of your dreams, but also dream in the first place.
Dreams are indeed amazing entities … while they can be fragile and vulnerable, they can also be some of the most powerful means by which we may seek purposeful and dynamic lives. Dreams are a gateway to creating magic.
My dearest SOTGC community, I leave you with this quote by Langston Hughes as it captures the notion that dreams give us wings in life … guard your dreams and learn to fly my dearest readers!
“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
~ Langston Hughes
My dearest SOTGC community, I hope this post will allow you to embark on a mission to guard your biggest dreams and aspirations. If this post resonated with you, share it with your friends, family and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter! How do you protect your dreams?