I am reposting this article under a new title as I believe it to be life transforming for anyone who has faced opposition in the pursuit of their dreams.
Most people live whether interlectually, morally or physically in a restricted circle of their potential. – Micheal Neal Author, Inside out Revolution
As little children, we loved speaking about our dreams and aspirations, before us was a world full of possibilities. After our little girls watched the film musical ‘The greatest showman’ she had a new vivid dream. She wants to become – an actress and singer like Hugh Jackman. She sees no obstacle and has started taking steps to see her dream come true. She practices singing on her piano and has started acting and drama classes.
As an adult, I find that I feel embarrassed to share my dreams with people. It simply sounds ridiculous to explain how I hope to become something that seems so unachievable. It’s like we are supposed to stop dreaming when we grow up.
I don’t believe I’m alone in this. That’s why I wrote this blog. So stick with me on this journey to discover and defeat our dream stopper. Allowing our dream to dies is like snuffing out light in our soul.
Here we go…
The story of David and Goliath is a great one to learn from. It’s about an unlikely shepherd boy who spectacularly fought and defeated a giant using a sling and stone. The writer is keen to point out that David didn’t just turn up and swing his sling at the giant. He had fought and won other battles in private – away from the applause and victory parades.
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David had practiced his slingshot to perfection away from prying eyes. Its’ not surprising that many thought he was a joke when he confidently stepped up and offered to fight the giant. What they didn’t know was that when he struck the lion and bear when they threatened his sheep, the stage was being set for him to encounter and slay a giant.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure does – Tony Robbins
As I was thinking about this story I saw that Goliath wasn’t David’s greatest obstacle. The giant that stood in his way was doubt.
Doubt keeps us from our dreams before we even dare to dream them.
David’s’ brothers and the rest of the soldiers thought he was unqualified when he offered to fight Goliath. I can imagine their remark – Who does this foolish shepherd boy think he is and what could he possibly pull off? In other words, the world teaches that when we step into the real world, we step away from our dreams.
I’ve always haboured a dream for writing. I even had several pieces of unfinished stories tucked away in my computer files and notebooks. It’s something I have done almost unconsciously maybe because my mind dared not give my heart a chance to run away with the idea. Starting a blog was my way of stepping out. I decided I was not going to hide in the shadows anymore.
Like me, you may have a ‘secret dream’, something you have always wanted to do, a change in your life you wish you could make or you just know that you have settled for far less than what you were created for. In his book ‘Maximizing your Potential’ the late Myles Monroe wrote these profound words:
‘One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped. A greater tragedy is to watch potential live unreleased’.
Like David, you may have perfected your slingshot in private but haven’t had the courage to step out. What I have come to learn from my quest is that even the best writers and artist started by stepping out and practicing their art. Like a rough gem, the dream within us will remain unpolished if we remain in the shadows.
By stepping out we allow our art to be transformed and brought to its’ full potential. Like David, you may be unpolished but you’re not unqualified. David didn’t have it all together before he stepped out: The soldiers’ amour was ill-fitting and how silly he must have looked to approach the giant with a shepherd’s stick instead of a sword.
Like a rough gem the dream within us will remain unpolished if we remain in the shadows.
Most motivational writers and speakers encourage their audience to overcome doubt. We are concerned about whether we can be as good as the next person or if people will believe in us.
I’m not sure what David’s dream was. Maybe it was to face off and defeat a giant one day or perhaps it was a grander dream–to become King. Whatever his ultimate dream was he had strategically set himself up for success.
To fight for your dream will start with your own personal growth, improve yourself so you have something to offer the world.
Are you ready to step out?