What do you want to be when you grow up?
It was a question lobbied at us as kids, one that grew into skills tests and teachers encouraging us to different directions. At some point, reality set in. The outside world spoke to us and we lowered our expectations.
The right path became the next path.
I was listening to Lewis Howes and his School of Greatness podcast where he interviewed Michael Hyatt. Hyatt spoke about giving ourselves permission to dream. He said we focus too much on the how and ignore the what.
We say, “I could never ___ because I’m not smart enough, I don’t have a face to do videos, I don’t understand sales or marketing, etc.” Our doubts sabotage our vision and, eventually, we stop dreaming.
Later that night I stood across our kitchen from Val. I asked her when was the last time she had a dream.
When was the last time we had dreamed together as a couple?
It not as easy answer, but it cut to a valuable point. We had transitioned to survival mode. We were focused so much on making the next day that we let dreams fall to the side.
We just wanted to survive, not create something deeper and better with our lives.
I don’t know about you, but dreaming makes my pulse quicken. Ever meet someone who has stopped dreaming? I see them every day in the medical field. There are people who beat cancer. There are people that overcome disease to find new life. They are the ones with dreams in their hearts that keep them going.
The ones that give up lose the fight.
This week, give yourself permission to dream. Write down the results and let them empower your life.
It is time for our hearts to beat again.