Can you visualize your dream?
How many times have we been told to create a vision board and focus on what we want? Answer: ALOT, but It’s true; first we must have a dream, and then we must focus on it daily. The ups and downs of employing yourself, and staying motivated on a daily basis, are not easy. The dream is what keeps us going when the going gets tough.
A Real Life Example
As an avid golfer, I spend a fair amount of time watching golf on TV, and recently I happened to catch the Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the 2013 nominees.
This year one of my favorite golfers, Fred Couples, was a new inductee. Furthermore, the sports anchor, Jim Nantz, happened to be a college teammate and close personal friend of Couples. It was great to see him there introducing his long time friend that evening as he shared a very inspiring story about their days at the University of Houston. He spoke about their first week on the golf team as freshman and how coach, Dave Williams, asked the team what their dream was. What an interesting question for a college golf coach to ask his team, right? Nantz, an aspiring sports anchor at the time said his dream was to sit in the broadcasting booth and call the Masters Golf tournament one day. Fred Couples said his dream was to one day win the Masters. During his speech Couples talked about how they would sit in their dorm room and Nantz would interview Couples as if he had just won the Master, rehearsing every word as if it were real. I can see them now as young college kids acting out their dreams.
Little did they know that several years later, in 1992, Nantz would in fact sit in that booth and call the Masters as his good friend, Fred Couples won the Masters! Talk about being crystal clear on what you want. Couples was also presented the Green Jacket that year (a Masters tradition) in the Butler Cabin by Nantz. What an incredible experience to share with your life-long friend.
Fred Couple and Jim Nantz have had incredible careers by any measure. They, just like so many of us, had a dream. The difference is their dream was crystal clear. They had lived that moment at Augusta many times, way before it ever actually happened.
It is so important to be clear on what you want. George Zalucki says,
“If you don’t know what you want, your subconscious mind will give you a whole bunch of stuff you don’t want.”
We are programmed to get exactly what we focus on. Don’t ever focus on what you DON”T want, always focus on what you DO want.
Dream big and be clear on what you want and you too, just like Fred Couples and Jim Nantz will be living your dream!
Wishing you all the success you will allow yourself to have!