Years ago, people came to America in pursuit of their dreams and still do to seek a better life. Work hard, stay focused and you can achieve American Dream. But our nation, in fact our world, changed on September 11, 2001. Our hearts and spirits were broken, fear and cynicism crept into our collective consciousness, and many are still in need of restoration.
To prove that we are still a country that dreams, I launched Great American Dream Challenge. Nationwide, people are pledging to use next twelve months to embark upon new dreams, demonstrate our belief in these dreams and to actually attaining them. What is unique and exciting is that we have forged a community with a common bond dedicated to helping each other realize these dreams. It’s called My Dream Circle.
Here’s How It Works
• Identify a dream that you are passionate or excited about. Find something that matters to you. • Put it in writing, tell another person, or post it on my website. • Join a community like MyDreamCircle.com that is committed to helping you overcome obstacles and achieve results. • Learn to make specific requests and share your resources. • Create a system for support and accountability. • Take serious action.
Even if you tend to be overly realistic, you still have dreams or things that you want for yourself and others. During tough times or those days when there is no evidence that your dream is possible, much less a good idea, it’s essential to have a place to turn. In our community, help is available 24/7 via our website, phone calls with me, other experts and coaches. Members have a cadre of specialists on hand to provide gentle or tough nudge needed.
Throughout entire year, we will keep abreast of stories, obstacles and wins, but then we’ll gather to commemorate something more substantial than just our personal accomplishments. We will have raised proverbial bar because when we see that our dreams can come true, we are willing to dream bigger dreams.
Many of us think, “I’ll believe in my dream when I see that it’s a sure thing or at least when there’s proof that it’s likely to happen.” But secret to living a “dream come true” life is to believe in your dream simply because it matters to you. In other words, looking for certainty “out in world,” is not place to begin. The place to look is in your own heart. Choose to believe in your dream. Then, take action to demonstrate (to yourself and others) that you really do believe.
The reality is we all have good days and bad. Personally, there are days that I forget to trust, days that I get distracted and forget my dreams, and days when doubters and dream killers (internally or externally) become so overwhelming I want to give up. That’s when I turn to My Dream Circle, to others who help me remember and reclaim my belief in myself and in my dreams. This community has assisted me through hard times and I continue to do same for them daily.