If you have ever had the occasion to see a hot air balloon, you might recall your wonder at its magnificence. From a shapeless beginning with no power, the balloon begins to fill with hot air. As it fills and expands, it begins to take shape and you can see and feel its power. Occasionally a problem will occur and the balloon will fall flat, again shapeless and useless, only until it is refilled. Once the balloon is filled, the lines can be cut and its power will lift the balloon and take it soaring thru the sky like an eagle in flight.
Dreams are a lot like hot air balloons. In the beginning they are shapeless, sometimes flitting thoughts. As the desire grows, the dream begins to take form, develop a shape, and you begin to feel the power.
No one would spend the money to buy a hot air balloon, never to fill it out or cut the line. Many, however, spend their lives afraid to dream, to cut the lines, to seek the achievement of their goals. They keep thinking, ‘well, it would be nice, BUT we could never afford it’ or ‘I’d really like to, BUT I just don’t have time’ or ‘It’s a great idea, BUT it’s impossible.’ It is far better to have tried and failed than to never have tried at all.
Occasionally, a few will dare to dream, cut the lines, set a goal, and make their dreams a reality. The result is a sight to behold. Children are experts at dreaming. Take a lesson from them. Ask a child what her dreams are and you are likely to get caught up in the excitement, the power, yourself. Most adults have been conditioned not to dream. But, when they do … !
Have you dared to dream today (as the new year started)? Are you ready to cut the lines? Your action plan is the vehicle to turn your dreams into reality.
Dare to dream your dreams. Let them take shape. Get caught up in the excitement, the thrill of achieving and the momentum that occurs when you finally cut the lines. Set your goals and seek the fulfillment of your dreams![Adopted from Linda Martin’s article “Dare to Dream”]
Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Chairman and CEO of eMBC, Inc., a national firm specializes in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Surya has over 26 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.