Today I had a chance to have lunch with a good friend. We try to get together every few months or so, and when we do, we’re a couple of Chatty Cathys. We finally got up to leave as the dinner crowd started coming in. We’re both entrepreneurs at heart, and big dreamers.
As we talked about our goals and dreams for the future, I had to laugh as I thought about how detailed we were at times. Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve had my eye on a certain dream car. I shared with him that just the other day, Kim mentioned — in complete seriousness — that we should probably have a detached garage in which to keep my jet black Porsche so that our kids wouldn’t scratch the finish as they pulled their bikes out of the garage. He went on to share details about adventures he and his wife looked forward to, down to the location, the view, and the weather. Time and time again, the details we shared were vivid and we spoke of them as if it was only a simple matter of time before they came to be.
I kept thinking that as silly as it may seem to have such a storehouse of specific snapshots of events that have never actually happened (yet), there was something very powerful in those visions of grandeur. Upon arriving home, I stumbled upon a quote by Denis Watley that confirmed my hunch:
“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”
So what about you? Where will you be in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? What will you have accomplished? Who will be sharing the adventure with you? Don’t be afraid to dream big. And don’t forget to add some specifics and far-flung flourishes… you never know, they just might come true.
[tags]dreams, dream big, Denis Watley, Porsche[/tags]
Phil Gerbyshak says
I would love a Porsche Boxter as well. That’d be great.
I also would love a big house on the lake. Any lake :)
Can you help me?
Seriously…You’ve got a great point about goals. You need to really see them to believe them, to take action on them. The more specific, the better chance you have.
For me, I’ll take the silver Porsche, and the 4000 square foot house on Lake Michigan. You and Kim are welcome to visit anytime.
walt Kotecki says
Sometimes I think we forget the dreams we had while we chase other dreams. Maybe it’s not necessary a dream or a series of dreams but more like a wish list. I remember wishing that I would get married to the one I hoped to and that wish came true. Then I wished I would become a father and that wish came true 3 times. Then I wished all 3 sons would be successful and happy with their lives and find the love of their lives and that wish came true. Then I wished for grandchildren and so far that wish came true 3 times. Then I wish that I could appreciate more the wishes that I had wished for and came true and I’m still working on that, daily.