Okay, so you made some plans. You worked your plan. You invested time and money, blood, sweat and tears. You just knew it was going to work. You believed it couldn't fail. After all, you did everything right. Then, you woke up one morning and found your dream dead as dead could be. It did not survive. It died in spite all of your unending efforts to keep it alive. So what do you do now, bury it? I say, NO!
STOP THE FUNERAL!
If your dream has died, chances are you are broken and grieving. You may feel very sad that it seems that all you had hoped for now has to be buried in a grave place of non-existence where dead dreams lie to rest. You may be feeling like you can't move on in the direction of your hopes and plans. You may be feeling like you can't dream any more dreams. You may be feeling like the best thing to do is just forget it, and deal with it. Or, you could STOP THE FUNERAL, and realize that your dream needs motivation-to-mind resuscitation. Motivation-to-mind resuscitation? I'm glad you asked. It's when your motivation says you need to TRY AGAIN, and your mind responds accordingly with a big YES, I CAN STILL SEE IT! As tough as it may be, DREAMS CAN BE REVIVED. You can "breathe" into it once again, and give it new life. Mourn, cry, fret, fuss if you must, but stop the funeral!
Countless innovations, inventions and creations have come to fruition because tenacious individuals refused to let their dreams die. Many have risked all they had to give life to the things we enjoy everyday. Their dreams had power failures, periods of arrest, and spent time in "critical condition". Yes, many a dream has seen "the other side" and been at "death's door". But through furious, fervent faith and audacious attempts to stop it from dying, those who believed in their passion, their purpose and their dream, said "No, YOU WILL LIVE!"
Have you ever considered how many people may need your dream to live? Have you even considered how important or valuable your dream's contribution may be to many, or even the masses? Have you thought about what might happen if you go ahead with the funeral? How many others may be left mourning because your dream got buried, and they were never given the opportunity to be inspired or motivated by the life of it? What if your dream is the pathway to the future dreams of your family, your school, your church, community, the nation, or maybe even the world? What if you stop the funeral now, and start remembering the wonderful reasons you had the dream in the first place? Remember when you said you were going to do big things? Remember when your idea was crystal clear, vibrant and full of vitality? Remember how much you believed in yourself and your success? You had reasons. You had purpose. You meant business.
By now you get the point. However, I know you may be thinking that the desire just isn't there any longer. You've chased your fantasies, and you're tired. I understand. I am a true dreamer myself, and I really get it when you say "Enough already. I'm letting it go." Well, certainly desire can be a liar in some cases. In other words, sometimes we dream the wrong stuff, for the wrong reasons. Those you can and should let go of. In fact, bury them fast. However, the kind of dreams I am speaking of in this commentary are the kind that make your heart feel full of "knowing" what you were meant to do, and what you were meant to accomplish.
KEEP TRYING. Sometimes that is all it takes to keep our dream from becoming a fatality. Wipe away your tears. Fight hard against your frustrations. Encourage yourself. Odd fate and failure happens to the best of us. That's not a good reason to bury your dream. I am a FIRM believer that we just can't let our most important dreams die no matter what!