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The Value of Dreams

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“The dreamers are the saviours of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreams; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as their realities which it shall one day see and know.”

James Allen (‘As A Man Thinketh’)

Dreams are the foundation of success. They are where all the great advances in history have begun. I am not talking about the dreams we have at night about Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie (shame on you, she is mine) but those we have during our waking hours picturing the future we would like.

Do you feel you don’t have a dream? Well, consider this. Every child has a dream; what posters did you have on your wall as a child? What did you want to be? Why is that not your dream now? Or maybe you achieved your dream. Congratulations.

My guess is you do have a dream now though. Every parent has a dream of helping his or her child grow up in the best way. Every striking building was once a dream, every book was a dream, all those dating websites are full of people who have a dream to find a soul mate, every bored worker has a dream to be free, perhaps lying on a beach somewhere and every athlete has a dream to be world champion. Accept this: there are dreams all around us. Unfortunately it is not fashionable to talk, to think about your dreams.

That idea stops here and now. Find your dream for it is the fuel that will drive you towards whatever you see as success.

At the beginning of the movie ‘Pretty Woman’ a man crosses the street shouting, ‘What is your dream? What is your dream? This is Hollywood, everyone has a dream.’ Sorry, my friend, I believe everyone everywhere has a dream.

I realise everyone needs a desire, a hunger to move on. This is what I lacked in my life for a long time. A strong enough dream gives you the motivation to overcome any fears we have.

A while ago I attended a business conference for Internet marketers and home business entrepreneurs. I spoke to some highly motivated individuals and noticed, not for the first time (and I do not want to be racist here but the fact cannot be ignored), that nearly all the most motivated were from an immigrant background. Why is this?

I asked some of the entrepreneurs for their theories and the answer comes down to hunger, a dream of a better life. Britain in particular has a strong welfare state, which will pay you if there is no other way for you to make money. Of course this is marvellous if you are truly unable to earn an income but unfortunately the position has now been reached where some families find they are better off not working but living on state benefits. Connected with this is the impact of Socialism, which leads to a discouragement of innovation and wealth. I also regret the rise of the so called ‘nanny state’ where risk and individual decision-making were actively discouraged. That is not very likely to provide inspiration stories.

I believe I have been influenced by this collective thinking myself and am appalled by people I see every day who have lost their zest and confidence through being in the same position (or worse). This of course left society exposed to the recent recession.

Billionaire Warren Buffett put it well when he said “You never know who is swimming naked until the tide goes out.”

Perhaps you find yourself in the same position as me. If so, then you might understand we need to re-establish the motivation, the desire of the individual. This starts with finding a dream.

‘Oh dear,’ I can hear you say, ‘Dreams? Dreams? We want concrete action to change our lives, not airy, fairy dreams.’ How do I know you said that? Because that is exactly what I said. However my research has indicated the power of the dream.

The Australian singer, speaker and author Wes Beavis covers this well in his very readable book ‘Become The Person You Dream Of Being.’

“Somehow, and perhaps mysteriously, dreaming is the first step to releasing reality from the realm of potential. It can unlock desire that has been lying dormant. This dream induced desire can then set you on a course to becoming what you dream of being.”

“Therein lies the power of the dream. It beckons you to consider becoming someone greater. If you have a dream, you are poised for greatness. For the seed of greatness germinates in the dream.”

If you find your life is not going in the direction you want, take time to consider what you would like out of life. Sit back and allow yourself to dream. Dream until you get excited. Then follow that dream and tell us your inspiration stories.

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