Friday, March 8, 2013

Are Your Dreams in a Timeout?

What did they do wrong, those childhood dreams of yours?  They are the stuff legends are made of.  Do you not believe what they can accomplish before time expires?  I know what it's like to be the nervous coach in a game that appears to be out of control.  My dreams were committing too many penalties.  I got tired of all the false starts and broken plays so I put my dreams on the bench and played it safe.  My wife and children begged me to let those dreams out of their timeout.  I listened.  Then I sent my dreams out onto the field and turned them loose.  Here's what I learned:
  1. Wise coaches find a way to utilize the talents of every player, even the unbridled dream that challenges conventional play.
  2. Dreams inspire others.  They attract fans.  They break records.  They find a way to get in the end zone no matter how tough the opponent.
  3. You can't win the game when your dreams are sitting on the bench.  Trust them.  Embrace them.  They belong on the field and you know it.  Stop listening to your critics and listen to your heart.
Are you ready for the timeout to be over?  It's never too late.  I'm really glad I huddled with my team at half-time and listened to what they had to say.  From now on, my dreams will stay in the game.  No more timeouts.  They are my most valuable players.  They are game changers.  If you don't believe me, just ask my wife and children.  They believe.

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