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The Mindset of a Dreamer

The first thing that is on your mind when you wake up in the morning. The last thing that is on your mind as you go to sleep. The irresistible feeling of self-determination you get when you get off course. The sensational movement you feel when you are that much closer to accomplishing *it*.

That is what I would like to call “The Mind-Set of a Dreamer”.

If you were to take a long look at our current society and the people that make up this society you will immediately come to the shocking realization that Dreamers are Scarce. No one is willing to take a leap of faith anymore, visions have become eviscerated, and having a purpose has become over rated. Everywhere you go you can see what I described in the above lines as being carried out as the norm. In fact some of you who are reading this right now are currently doing exactly as I described in the above lines. As you’re reading this you are in doubt about the success of this blog or quite frankly the success of its author simply because you haven’t fully been able to grasp the concept of a dream. Long before I first began writing the first sentence of this blog I had to come to grip with what my dream was. And while I won’t fully disclose the details of my dream I will tell you that I have every intention at the end of this blog helping someone else realize their dream.

Why are Dreamers so important? Good question…keep them coming. Dreamers are important because they create the future. How do I know this is true? Look at some of the Dreamers who have graced our presence in the last century. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Billy Graham, Our past Presidents, the list goes on and on. These dreamers range from athletes to politicians, to entrepreneurs, civil rights activists and evangelists and of course there are more. All of these people have help create a future in their prospective fields and they serve as example of things that can be accomplished when you dream. I am going to spend the remaining few paragraphs describing what I learned from these Dreamers and how we can all have “The mindset of a dreamer”.

Be Uncomfortable

On Kevin Espiritu

2011 has been a year where I’ve taken action on some things that have made me feel very uncomfortable.  I joined Toastmasters in early January, and gave my first speech in February.  Why?  I don’t have a direct need to learn public speaking – I don’t work in a position that requires it, and I don’t have any (current) plans to become a public speaker.

I did it simply because I didn’t want to do it.  It was something I’d tossed around in my head for ages.  ”I’ll get around to it,” I would say.  Then when it came time to join, I would end up saying to myself, “Only weird people join groups like that.  It’s not for me.”

Finally I realized that I was limiting myself in a major way, so I went to a local club as a guest and checked it out.  I was pleasantly surprised at how supportive everyone was and how committed they were to becoming better at this craft.  It’s now been almost seven months since I joined, and I’m halfway through the first speech manual, as well as the acting Sergeant of Arms for our club.  I’ve engaged in a project to redesign the website for my chapter, and have met some truly awesome and inspiring people.  Oh and my public speaking skills have gotten better, too.

Seek not to be comfortable as a state of being.  Seek instead to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, this is where true growth lies.  There will always be a fake reason behind why you shouldn’t do something – try to look behind this.

While reading The Personal MBA, I came across a method called the Five Fold Why.  It’s used to discover the true reason behind any goal you might have.  For example, if one of your goals is “Get to 10% bodyfat”, you’d begin by asking “Why do I want to get to 10% bodyfat?” to which you might respond, “I want to look and feel better.”  Then ask, “Why do I want to look and feel better?” and keep doing this until you get to the true reason – when the answer to your question is “Because I want it.”

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