I love Disney’s take on Rupunzel. One of my favorite scenes is when she finds herself in a seedy tavern and soon has all the hardened outlaws singing about their dreams.
Do you have a dream?
I believe our ability to dream and plan for the future is a uniquely human characteristic. Sadly, so many people never pursue their dreams, and even fewer achieve them. In his book Put Your Dream to the Test, John Maxwell describes five barriers that prevent people from pursuing their dreams:
- Some people have been discouraged from dreaming by others
- Some people are hindered by past disappointments and hurts
- Some people get in the habit of settling for average
- Some people lack the confidence needed to pursue their dreams
- Some people lack the imagination to dream.
Have you fallen prey to any of these dream killers?
Even when people get started, they often get derailed by obstacles and setbacks. In his book Think and Get Rich, Napoleon Hills says, “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”
The antidote can be found in the Stockdale Paradox, which is described by Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. The Stockdale Paradox is an approach to adversity that the best companies embrace enabling them to manage the tension between what could be and what is. He says, “You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end and you must also confront the most brutal facts of your current reality.” It is the balance between faith and fact that enables the dreamers to succeed.
It seems to me that most people overemphasize one over the other, either faith or fact. If they can visualize their goals and imagine themselves achieving their intended purpose, they often fail to take stock of where they are now and what obstacles they might encounter. If they have a clear picture of where they are today, they often lack the vision to see a path towards that for which they hope and dream.
We must find that balance that Collins talks about; we must have a clear picture of our origination point as well as an equally clear picture of our intended destination.
Links and Resources
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John Maxwell describes writing Put Your Dream to the Test
A short article from Business Insider on Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich
Jim Collins describes the Stockade Paradox
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