“I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream…” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Do you have a dream? Most of us do, but most of us are don’t believe in it enough to put action behind it. Unfortunately, a dream will alway be just that, a dream, unless you do something to make that dream a reality. Martin Luther King, Jr. is not famous because he had a dream. Rather, he’s famous because of what he did trying to make that dream a reality.
Why do so many people get to the end of their lives without ever accomplishing their dreams?
1. They think it can’t be done. Dreams can be scary. They can seem daunting and impossible. You may feel that way about your dream, but how does your dream compare to King’s? Ending racial prejudice and oppression was a pretty impossible dream! Maybe some of you reading may have a dream that big or bigger, but I would say that most of our dreams pale in comparison to King’s dream. Now, you may argue that he never did see his dream come to pass, so maybe it was impossible. However, we will never know the full impact that he had on the Civil Rights Movement. I would venture to guess that were he given the opportunity to do it again, he would make the same decision to pursue that dream, no matter the end result.
2. They let others bring them down. If the vast majority of people aren’t wiling to do what it takes to pursue their dreams, don’t expect them to be there for you when you are pursuing yours. Dream chasers are outliers. Even King didn’t have the support of many of his friends and fellow pastors. They felt that what he was doing was too dangerous, that the timing wasn’t right, and that it was not going to do any good. Had he listened to them, the Civil Rights Movement would have been without one of its greatest leaders. If you want to chase your dreams, you need to be prepared to go against the grain of popular opinion.
3. They aren’t committed enough. This remind of you of my last post? The importance of commitment just can’t be emphasized enough. King was willing to face jail, and eventually death, to follow his dream. That takes commitment. Many of you won’t ever need to worry about prison or death while pursuing your dreams, but if you aren’t even committed enough to change your current actions in order to start pursuing your dream, you will join the long line of people who never see their dreams come to life.
Do you have a dream? Today, decide on one action that you are going to take to get you one step closer to that dream becoming reality. Don’t worry if it seems impossible. Don’t listen to naysayers. Don’t allow yourself to lose your commitment. Do it.