Some interchangeably use the words, “dream”, “vision”, or “calling”.
However you refer to it…protect it.
You may feel it is the very reason for your birth…
…but not everyone will share your passion and excitement about the future, no matter how you present it.
Considering leaving your current position to try out an entrepreneurial adventure?
Your already threatened and insecure immediate boss may not be the best sounding board.
Your family who has seen you poke your head out of the sand before, looking for your place and your purpose?
A friend who may not be your friend at all?
Those we see as our closest supporters may actually be our nearest detractors.
When I produced in the television and film business, our team would at times quote the opening and closing lines from the movie, Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
A man who appears to be homeless, is walking among the “beautiful people” of L.A. saying to anybody who will listen, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody’s got a dream!”
You may never express it to another person in your life.
But you have one.
No matter how deep you try to suppress that dream, your heart beats faster when you think about it.
Your mind immediately sees at least the initial steps to take when you put it down on paper.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step, before you can see the whole staircase.”
Nonetheless, you do have the protect your innovative spirit.
Often, from others.
One of the most discouraging realizations is to find out that those you had hoped would be your base for positive feedback, may in fact be your center of negative reaction.
The greatest obstacle you face everyday, in pursuing your vision may be your parents, your spouse, your best friend, your boss, your own inner circle of advisors.
The most discouraging people in your life may be those closest to you.
Here is a perfect example.
He was the greatest visionary, being able to connect the dots between the past, the present and predict the most positive outcome for the future.
He began a public relations campaign that is yet to run its course, and only continues to grow.
He was the center point of the greatest revolution in recorded history.
He was the most prolific story teller.
He could inspire doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants and blue collar workers.
He could influence those with affluence with the message of benevolence.
He would set up the most extensive not for profit organization, never again to be duplicated.
He would speak to crowds that did not even know his name, and yet, they would walk away, with a new dream of their own.
He was the ultimate recruiter, recognizing the hidden talents in total strangers.
Yet, it is recorded in historical accounts that those closest to him did not share his vision.
They could not grasp what he was attempting to achieve.
In fact, his own family could not grasp his dream.
“For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”, historical accounts would record.
His outer circle of encouragement was found far beyond his immediate boundary of discouragement.
You have to get to your outer circle of encouragement many times before those closest to you will believe in your extended reach for excellence.
Protect your purpose.
Defend your dream.
Do not vacillate regarding your vision.
Continue in your calling.
Does it seem at times that you are the only one that believes in what you are attempting to do?
Then you are on your way.
Move with confidence toward fulfilling your destiny, and others will find theirs, following you.