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Why Your Dreams Matter

leadership mindset
thinking big in small business

When we were young, it was easy to dream.

We wanted to be astronauts, doctors, or whatever looked fun, exciting, and admirable.

We didn’t know what it meant to do any of those things. We just lived in a world where it was all possible.

Then life happened, and dreams became impractical and irresponsible. We were told we could be anything we wanted, but we were also shown just one path to go down and one set of rules to follow.

Eventually, we learned that this path wasn’t made for us because we had bigger plans for our lives. After all, we’d never stopped dreaming

The world isn't set up to support our dreams.

The tensions in the world are distracting and they take us off course.

Many have had to pivot and take a new approach to find customers and keep the business afloat.

We are struggling to keep it together much less to move forward.

And that's when fear starts to overcome hope because we're so exhausted from trying to fight the good fight. But we can't stay here.

Don't let fear and uncertainty win the day. 

 You already have plenty of inner dialogue about why your dreams are too risky or why you're not ready.

You tell yourself you need to know more, can’t afford the risk, and maybe you're just not cut out for this.

But those thoughts aren’t who you are. They don’t define you or decide what you do next.

You do.

You’ve demonstrated great resilience to get your business to this point.

You’ve proven that inner voice wrong even as it tries to hold you back.

Now it’s time to take the next steps and go all-in on your dream.

It’s About Something Bigger

Your dreams matter because they give you purpose.

They show you that there’s another path, a path made for you because it’s made by you. 

But there’s an even bigger reason why your dreams matter.

When you choose to pursue your dreams and don’t hesitate to show the world what you’re made of, it gives others hope as they see what’s possible.

This creates a ripple effect as you inspire others to act, and their actions in turn inspire others.

This is about leadership. 

When you hold a vision and thoughtfully pursue your dreams, you're demonstrating leadership.

And the world could use your leadership right now.

When others struggle and feel hopeless, you can be a light for them as you show them how it’s done.

Seeing your influence on them will, in turn, provide you with fuel to keep going.

And you’re going to need that fuel because pursuing your dreams isn’t easy work.

We don’t do it because it’s easy. We do it because it gives us purpose and because we know we're making a difference.

How to Keep the Dream Alive

If you’re already a dreamer and this thinking comes easy to you, then keep on dreaming and start taking action.

That dream is the start of something, but it won’t go anywhere or be seen by anyone if you don’t take meaningful action to honor your dreams and bring them to life.

If you struggle with creating a vision for your future and with describing your ideal business and life, you’re not alone.

The world has been telling us to set our dreams aside and follow the rules, so it’s no wonder we’ve forgotten how to do this.

It might feel selfish or scary because your dream is so different from where you are now.  

But don’t let that stop you from dreaming.

Surround yourself with other dreamers.

Your dream doesn’t have to be detailed or far out in the future. Start by envisioning what you want next month, next year, and work your way further out in time.

What truly lights you up?

How do you want to make a difference?

What would it look like if you went all on your life and your business?

 

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
– Nelson Mandela