Your Dreams Need You To Do Something
Dream chasing is something that we encourage in these modern times.
We tell one another to chase our dreams and go after our passions and dive deep into what we believe our purpose is.
We read books about chasing our dreams. We write songs about chasing dreams. We make movies about dream chasers — forever inspired by stories of those who have achieved, or created or done something extraordinary. We listen to podcasts about goal setting and educate ourselves on high achieving practices and habits that will lead the way to greater success.
If you were to google “chase your dreams,” you would get 4,810,000 results (in 0.59 seconds).
Four million eight hundred ten thousand results — that’s a lot of dreaming, and that’s a beautiful thing, for that means that every 0.59 seconds, almost five million people are looking to the internet for inspiration on how to chase their dreams. That nearly five million people, every 0.59 seconds, holding onto their hope and looking for a way to pursue what lights their hearts on fire.
That is beautiful.
That will always be beautiful — but if you don’t put actions behind your dreams, they will fizzle and fade inside your heart and your head.
If you don’t put in the work in that will bring you to that career, or accomplishment, or moment and season in life that you keep wishing for — you’ll never get what you want.
If you keep waiting for the perfect moment to begin, you will be waiting for there rest of your life. The commitments and responsibilities that hold you back will always be there.
I once heard Cleo Wade say, “Honor your dreams by doing the work,” and perhaps that’s something we should embroider on t-shirts instead of “chase your dreams.”
Honor the music that you hum to yourself by putting it out there in the world.
Honor the words that are dancing around in your head by putting them onto paper.
Honor the dream of becoming a doctor, or a judge, or a teacher by doing your homework, taking the tests, and going to school.
Honor your dreams by doing the work that it takes to get there — and understand that although the dream that you have might be beautiful, and sparkly, and the stuff of life that keeps a light burning in your eyes — the road to get there will be a long one. It will probably be windy. It will be full of turns and dead ends and roadblocks, too.
It will take more than a cup of coffee to face those roadblocks at times. It will take more than a good night’s sleep to have the energy to find a different route, too.
But that’s the work.
And your dreams will not work unless you do.