Dream Chasing is a subject which never gets old! We must continuously counter this belief that most folks are just average, and we have merely a handful of exceptional beings in our midst. The message is clear. The average person should play it safe; the future legends should take risk. The average person’s first obligation is to be responsible; the highly talented should be true to themselves. The average person should be content with any job that pays a decent wage-- which hopefully affords them a nice annual vacation; a passionate pursuit of purpose and living the dream are luxuries exclusive to the extraordinarily gifted.
Well I have good news, if you want more, and bad news if you hate a challenge. The “special” and the lay member of society are separated by two factors. Identification and Fear. Most individuals who work solely for a paycheck have not yet identified their purpose. They don’t have a voice like
Jennifer Hudson, Leonardo DiCaprio size acting skills, Misty Copeland’s classical dance training, or a mogul mind like Diddy. Therefore, they identify themselves as “nothing special”. Not realizing, entertainment is such a small fraction of the impactful contributions to this Earth. There is
so much more that needs to be done; and I’m not even thinking of the big stuff, like disease-curing serums and inventions. You could be called to change lives through mentorship, foster parenting, or beginning community-based youth programs. Maybe you’re supposed to open a fresh fruit
stand, start a recycling-initiative, or restore old furniture, toys, or homes. Maybe you should use your skills to take an existing small business to the next level—they need you in there! I could go on and on, but until you identify what you can contribute to the world, you will continue to wrongly identify yourself, and remain stagnant.
Once you realize your potential—you better beware of the monster named Fear; he will massacre your dreams--if you let him. Use your vision to defend your dream. Your vision is powerful! It's the equivalent of The Glow from The Last Dragon. But if you are not constantly feeding your
vision, it will starve to death. If you are not affirming and educating yourself in your pursuit of choice daily, surrounding yourself with other dream chasers, and keeping the reason your gifts are needed in the forefront of your mind—you will stay where you are. Fear of Failure is the sword we
drive through our own torsos. When we decide our dreams would be better off dead; we not only shortchange ourselves, --we cheat every person, institution, and city that would have been impacted by our presence.
Alright, I’m going to pull the red and black cables from my trunk for you now; here’s your jumpstart. The following are my favorite quotes; guaranteed to start the churning in your heart-- to pursue greatness!!!
“A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not what it’s built for”, Albert Einstein
“To do good, you actually have to do something”, Yvon Chuinard
“Sometimes I want to ask God why he allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I’m afraid He may ask me the same question”, Author Unknown
“Choose your friends with caution, plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith”, Thomas S. Monson
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” C. S. Lewis
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence”, Confucius
“It always seems impossible until its done”, Nelson Mandela
“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing” Audre Lorde
AND MY ABSOLUTE FAVE!!!
“The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still” Phillip Brooks
Published by Kamesha Hayes