Tip Number Five: Celebrate
This last tip is a reminder for me. I have a tendency to claim a dream and forget to celebrate or to share my “dream come true story” with others. Why? Probably because I was raised with the “be humble, never brag” advice given to protect me. It wasn’t ladylike to boast, be outspoken or even ask for what I wanted. In my family, we waited to be offered our secret desires. We made wishes and dreams and hoped someone else would make them come true.
Now, I know that dreams come true with the help of others. I’ve learned to both ask and accept help. I’m grateful to all those who encourage and support me along the way. Others have joined me in claiming this most recent dream of attending the Rose Bowl game and being a part of the Spartan fan team. To celebrate and share the excitement with others sweetens the success and expands the joy.
Thank you to all who have left replies and have sent private emails. Thank you to all who will share as their dreams come true!
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Tip Number Four: Take Calculated Risks-Redefine Ready
When the dream seems ready to claim, be courageous and ready to live it. Even if it doesn’t seem “possible or practical”, or the right time, honor the opportunity. Look at it closely. I believe successful people take calculated risks. I think it’s smart to look inside to see if any challenges are real or just familiar fear. Maybe it’s like switching lanes in LA traffic-take a quick peek, and if the coast is clear, accelerate! Redefine ready and go for it. Hesitation can cause a huge traffic jam and regret.
On the Saturday Spartans championed over the Ohio State team, I knew my dream had surfaced. So many questions popped into my thinking. I had no idea how my husband and I would get tickets, or if they would be affordable, where we would stay, would $45 be too much to pay for a parking ticket, would a shuttle really be available. The answers came one step at a time; and, the next steps became apparent and doable. They led us to our seats where we watched the Spartans win the Rose Bowl title! The rest is history—we went, we loved it, and it is now a treasured memory.
What dream is waiting for you to claim? How will you know it’s the right time? Will you be courageous enough to look at the calculated risks and redefine ready?
As always, I’d love to hear about your dreams and encourage you to take action when you know it’s right. Email me privately: email@example.com, or leave a reply for all to learn from and share.
Tip One: Create the Dream
Tip Two: Envision the Dream
Tip Three: Prioritze and Practice Patience
Tip Number Three: Prioritize the dream and be patient .
While waiting for a dream to realize, keep it alive with patience and priorities. Admittedly, during the 49 years I’ve waited for my chance to get to the Rose Bowl, there were times I grew discouraged. The Spartans went in 1988; there were other priorities that needed attention. We were fulfilling a more important dream-to be financially secure. With a four year old, and with two older children working jobs to have what they needed, I knew the timing wasn’t right. I needed to be patient and trust that I would have another chance.
Likewise, MSU teams and fans waited 26 years for a coach to come in with passion and patience to take time needed to build a winning team. Coach Dantonio waited 7 years for his Spartans to make it all the way to Pasadena. I’m sure there were times of hope and times of disappointment. He stayed true to his dream, and he stuck to his priorities. His definition of a winning team would include players who were unified, strong, and respectful to a high standard of conduct. Imagine his determination when he needed to remove his key defensive player for misconduct just days before the “big game”. His strong and unified team came together. The last winning play of the game was made by the defensive player who stepped into the position for the Senior player removed for testing the definition of a winning team. The Spartans were patient, they stuck to their priorities, and they earned the title of Rose Bowl Champs at the 100th Tournament of Roses. What a great example for all of us!
As always, I would love for you to share with me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org or publicly by leaving a reply below. It encourages all of us when we can share times when priorities and patience have resulted in realized dreams. We can all be winners on a Dream Team!