The Rio Olympics are finally underway after years of controversy and the challenge of getting the facilities ready in time. At the opening ceremony on Friday night, more than 11,000 athletes marched into the arena and for all of them, being there was a pinnacle in their sporting career. Representing their country is what they had dreamed of for years, it’s the goal they’d worked towards for their lifetime.
For some Olympians, getting to Rio is the prize. For others, being there is a means to an end – their goal is a medal, the golden one preferably. But whatever the end goal, at some point becoming an Olympian was the goal each athlete had focused their energy on for years.
So how do athletes become Olympians? What is their starting point? Becoming an Olympian starts as a dream and an aspiration. Dreams start in a person’s imagination.
A dream starts as an idea – no different from the idea you might go to the shops to buy a loaf of bread.
Dreams are not real when they are first imagined. Many of us abandoned our dreams as silly ideas in our imagination. We couldn’t see how they could possibly become real. May as well try to fly to the moon. Yes, maybe some people called astronauts get to the moon, but they don’t live in my world and they aren’t me. So we discard our dreams as being unrealistic and impossible to achieve.
Not so the Olympians currently competing in Rio. At one time they were just children or teenagers the same as we were. Some came from privileged backgrounds while others had a much harder start than we did. They discovered they were good at sport and experienced a high when they won races at school. They watched the Olympics on TV and one day their dream was born. They longed to be there.
Dreams become real when we act on them. Those young athletes started focusing their attention and energy on achieving their impossible dream and never let it go even when they lost races or injured themselves. Every day they trained and worked hard to improve their skills. Slowly the dream became more real and more achievable.
Dreams are individual and personal. Your dreams start at the meeting point of your interests, desires and natural abilities.
Because they are your dreams, you have all you need within you to make your dreams come true. Yes, you’ll need help and support along the way, but my experience has been, that when I start working to make a dream come true, the support I need materializes in ways I could never have imagined.
In the end though, it’s my dream and I have to do the work to achieve it. It’s up to me to make it come real.
The world needs your dreams, whatever they are. Don’t let your dreams go, hold onto them and act on them. Don’t get to the end of your life with your unfulfilled dreams still within you. The world needs you to bring them to life, because when you do, you’ll make the world a better place.
Right now I’m trying to make a huge dream of mine come true. I want to create a writing and coaching business that supports me financially. It’s no-where near a reality yet, it’s still just an idea, but I’m working on it. I don’t know if I can achieve it, but I’m holding onto it no matter how many challenges I have to overcome.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned so far. Have you brought any of your dreams to life? How did you do it? Where did your dreams start? Which of your interests, desires and abilities do they spring from?
I’d love to hear from you so we can learn and grow together. Has this post been helpful? Feel free to leave a comment below….