I see those hands. Some of you are tentatively putting that hand up. I think I know why. When we are told,
“You’re a dreamer.” the tone is sometimes admiration, and often times disdain. Be encouraged. The world needs you.
I came across this quote recently and it made my heart sing.
“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.” — Cherie Carter-Scott
If your thought process has wandered beyond the possible, beyond the probable over to the impossible and you flip that thought around like an interesting rock in your hands, the world needs you.
Make up your mind that your ability to dream impossible things is a skill and a responsibility. Be a steward of what you see by converting the dream into action steps. Get training and develop pertinent skills. Seek out thought leaders for collaboration. Be patiently persistent. You will experience both victories and defeats along the way. Defeats are simply a step along the way telling you there is more; keep looking for the solution.
Finally, I would suggest people are not ordinary or extraordinary. Rather, extraordinary things happen when we support and encourage the ability to dream or imagine the impossible. Imagination is one of our greatest natural resources and each individual bears the ability to imagine the extraordinary.
Are you following your dream or the dream someone else has for you? Does this matter?