There are a couple of questions I was asked by a friend during a conversation which stick with me.
1.What are the things that you want for yourself? and 2.What do you want to become?
If you have an answer for those, there is a further question: 3.What are you doing to bring this about?
We spend much time dreaming of things, and we let the dreams linger around without actually trying to realise them. I suppose I wonder about the disconnect we can experience between the dream and reality. Dreaming and imagining ourselves in a different way is a fundamental part of goal setting in coaching. We can be quick to dismiss things as ‘just a silly dream’ without acknowledging that the dream has hope attached to it, and with those two things in place, we only need to add a little self belief to begin to make it happen.
When I hear people talk about their achievements, like some of the Olympic athletes that have been interviewed this year, there is a similar theme I hear from these people, which is
that there is something that they love to do, they have a passion for it, and have dreamed of being the best they can be, competing in the Olympics. Had they not followed that, hoped, and worked to that direction, they wouldn’t have been able to realise it. They have their own coach’s and support team around them, but it wasn’t necessarily always like that. It needed to begin with some self belief, something inside.
Self belief is not something anyone can give you, you have to own it yourself. You can be encouraged, supported, and have all the necessary talent and potential to achieve something important for yourself, and when you believe in your ability, you will naturally begin to work toward it. It doesn’t need to be big thing, I’m no Olympian, but perhaps there is something that is right for us, right for who we are, and would bring fulfillment. So what’s your dream?