I am a known visionary and dreamer. There was a time when I was reluctant to trumpet that fact. I’ve been scoffed at on national radio and criticized for having my head in the clouds. But that hasn’t deterred me from dreaming. Not one bit.
I recently read The Dream Manager and took the challenge author Matthew Kelley issued. Sit down in a quiet place, allow yourself an hour or so and in one shot, list 100 dreams. As one who regularly updates my vision board and conducts vision workshops, I figured, ” no problem”. I zipped through 75 or so and then surprisingly, got stuck. I dare you to do it. (After a break, I did complete my list of 100 dreams.)
Kelley suggests you consider all twelve areas of your life as you think about your dreams. Just imagine what you can do, become and experience! Use this list to stimulate your thoughts and aspirations:
At a 10 year high school reunion, one classmate stood when it was his turn to give a recap of the past 10 years and said, “I’ve accomplished every single thing I set out to do. ” He paused for the applause. “Only problem is”, he added with a laugh, “I didn’t set out to do anything.” I wasn’t amused. Would you want him on your team? Not if you’re interested in excellence.
The physical reality is that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Flip that principle to the positive – a company can only become the best version of itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better versions of themselves. It’s only when employees are engaged in the vision of the company and connected on a personal level that they will be happy, productive and likely to stay with the team through thick and thin.
Dynamic synergy starts with each individual getting in touch with their own dreams. The organization becomes connected relationally because the individuals actually know each other. Daily decisions become more synchronized and take less time as quibbling is reduced with all eyes on the bigger picture.
A team does not stay together over the long haul when all they have in common is the shared vision of the organization’s mission. There has to be a viable, personal connection that happens when people develop relationships through quality communication, based on understanding and respect. This isn’t rocket science. But it IS neuroscience. Your brain is happier when your imagination is nourished through the power of dreams.
You wouldn’t leave your children unattended in a hot car. Why would you do that to your dreams?
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill