Most leaders spend very little time on dreaming. In fact, I have often heard of leaders who purposely avoid dreaming because it will never become a reality. Why not dream? I often schedule out time in my week to dream. I find value in spending time looking to the future. My dreams can quickly become vision, then turn into action steps toward fulfilling a dream I once had. No one fulfills their dream by accident.
I talk to a lot of frustrated people in my work. I meet a lot of people chasing after something — yet never seeming to find what they are seeking. I think many times — and most of us are prone to doing this — we make excuses rather better than we make progress. And there are reasons that is the case.
Here are 5 of the real reasons most dreams never come true:
People quit trying.
They give up. They may have tried before and it didn’t work, so now they don’t try at all. Seldom is a dream — a worthy dream — realized on the first attempt. The greatest discoveries are seldom found along the path of least resistance.
People aren’t willing to work hard enough.
If you have a dream — it will be difficult to achieve. Might I say that it again. It will be difficult. Otherwise it’s not much of a dream. I think sometimes we expect it “just to happen”. But, dreams don’t happen by chance. Lucky isn’t a skill in achieving dreams. You might be “in the right place at the right time”, but those opportunities are rare.
People put too much hope in others and not enough confidence in themselves.
Others don’t put as much energy or thought into your dream as you do. Many people never realize a dream because they expected something from others they never agreed to do.
People have unrealistic dreams.
Seriously, if the dream is for a trouble-free, perfect life — that’s probably not going to become a reality. Learning to navigate an excellent dream in the midst of a world full of sorrow is a key to discovering the greatest — and most achievable — dreams in life.
People devalue the dreams already realized.
This is a biggie. Sometimes we really are “living the dream”. If we always live thinking the “grass is greener” with the “next big thing” we never fully appreciate the dreams God has already given us.
Are you in a funk, because you think your dreams are passing you by? Could there be a reason for that?