Do You have a Dream?
Mr/Madam Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I love to play golf to relax and to keep fit. I also like the beach where I can fish or run or walk or just paddle through the surf.
So I have a dream to own a retirement home with a balcony facing North; the beach on the east and a golf course on the west, set in a garden in which my wife can engage in her passion.
At the moment it seems a “pipe” dream but at least my dream has been implanted in my sub-conscious and it rises to conscious thought more regularly as time goes on. Carl Sanburg would agree that this is the start of my home by the sea for he writes:
“Nothing happens unless we first dream.”
In this year of the Olympics there have been many golden dreams – our hockeyroos are a perfect example of it. But for many who say “I have a dream” their “Gold Medal” is something quite different to Olympic Gold.
To Martin Luther King in his “I have a Dream” speech the achievement of racial equality was to be his gold medal.
On the other hand Terry Fox wanted to be thoroughly used up during his lifetime so he ran across Canada on an artificial leg to raise $1 million for Cancer Research. His run raised $24 million – What a Gold Medal performance that was!
These achievers are a wonderful example of what we must do to achieve our dreams. The letters of the word Dream form the first initials of the many words that describe the character traits that our gold medal heroes and heroines needed to achieve their dreams.
D stands for the Desire, the Drive, the Determination and Damn hard work. These I must have to achieve my dream.
R stands for being Resolute in times of difficulty; it stands for the Resolve necessary to continue and R stands for accepting the personal Responsibility for doing all that is necessary to achieve that dream.
E stands for the Energy and Enthusiasm we need to have to keep going when things look lost.
A stands for the Audacity, the right Attitude and the Adventurous spirit we need to cultivate and adopt to make the achievement of our dream possible.
M stands for the Motivation we need, the Messages we give ourselves and the Mountains we need to climb to achieve our dream.
All these words above are summed up in one simple sentence:
“Until we commit we are just taking up space.”
A poem by W.H. Murray titled “Until one is Committed” sums up this law of success extremely well.
“Until One is Committed”
by W. H. Murray
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation
There is one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
That the moment you definitely commit yourself
Then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help you
That would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issue from this decision Raising in your favour all manner
Of unforeseen events and meetings
and material assistance,
which you could never have dreamt
would come your way.
Here is yet another perspective written by Goethe:
“Whatever we can do or dream we can do.
We must begin it boldly for boldness
has genius, power and magic in it”.
To me, every important “dream” is like a long journey because each journey must begin with a single step. Likewise, just as one apple seed is the start of an orchard. Terry Fox’s dream showed other cancer victims that they could live a rich and full life. Martin Luther King’s dream was for racial equality. His words were just rhetoric until he took the first physical step on his march to Washington. The Hockeyroos began their race to Olympic glory when each of the players committed themselves to the coach’s 10 sporting Commandments. These Commandments used words like “Challenge, Sacrifice, Dedication, Determination, Faith and Commitment.”
It simply comes down to this:
No one can predict to what heights we can soar.
Even we will not know until we spread our wings.
The only limit to what we can achieve is the width
of our ideas and depth of our dedication.
Our “gold medal” dream can be our vision for our future. How it will grow and develop depends on what we alone do about it.
My dream is not a matter of chance
Rather it is a matter of choice
Anything worthwhile is worth striving for with all my might.
Steven Covey says we must be proactive and we much always keep the end in mind. These are two of his habits of highly effective people. This reminds me of the story of a legless runner who ran one New York Marathon. He finished it 2 days after the able-bodied runners completed the 42km torture test. As he crossed the line, he was asked by the only reporter still there if it hurt to travel so far on his hands. He said “Yes, but it only hurt when I lost sight of the finishing line.” What a gold medal performance and what an example of desire, determination, audacity, energy and commitment to a dream.
Each of our “gold medal” achievers had a passion or love for they were doing.
Successful people have “fire in their belly”. And with this fire or passion comes a belief in one’s self and in one’s dreams. We saw this in the Hockeyroos Mission Statement which read:
“We will win in Atlanta by being the best we can be because Olympic Gold is the ultimate challenge in our sport. We will achieve this by playing beyond our previous performances and by never, never giving up.”
For me to achieve my dream of a home between the beach and a golf course, I need to commit myself to an action plan and I must persist when all seems impossible. Calvin Coolidge, a U.S. President summed it up well when he wrote:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not.
Genius will not.
Education will not.
Persistence and dedication alone are omnipotent.”
So, if it is to be it is up to me. I am the one who can think, then dream, believe and dare to make my dream of a home between the beach and a golf course happen. So when I commit, I will no longer be just taking up space, I will be heading for gold – the achievement of my dream.