It’s a tough environment out there for dreamers.
We have to be careful who we share our dreams with, because, as the old song goes: “some people get their kicks stomping on a dream.”
Ours is an increasingly skeptical world. It seems that no one can start any grand endeavor these days without thousands of people strongly suspecting that it will fail–and then almost wishing it will fail so that they can be confirmed about how “right” they were. (Unfortunately, some people would rather be right than helpful, even if means that they are right about others eventually falling flat on their faces.)
Some people are so wedded to skepticism that if they had their way, nothing new or grand would ever be attempted.
There’s even a cable channel whose tagline currently is: “Question everything.”
Now this tagline sounds very clever and catchy at first glance, but the idea of actually questioning everything is incredibly foolhardy. Think about it: if you really questioned everything in life, you’d hardly be able to get up from your bed in the morning: you’d lie awake questioning whether you were actually awake, and then questioning whether the alarm clock actually read “6:30 am,” and then questioning whether you actually had to work that day, and then questioning whether the coffee you were preparing yourself was really coffee, and then questioning whether your house was really your house, and that the air you breathed was really air… and so on and so forth.
What a terrible way to go about your day, questioning absolutely everything.
In truth, that network probably didn’t mean “question everything.” What they probably meant to say was: “Question everything that matters.“
Because if you really were forced to question every single thing in your life, you’d literally never get out of bed, much less try to realize a dream.
Why You Should Keep Your Wildest Dream A Secret
I think a healthy dose of skepticism is always important, but I also think that too much skepticism can hurt you. Because too much skepticism can cripple your dreams by clouding those dreams with doubt and fear and worry.
Too much skepticism in your own head is bad, but other people’s skepticism is even worse, because at least you can manage your own skepticism–but you never quite know when someone else’s skepticism may jump out to bite you.
Often we are ill-prepared when someone else’s skepticism launches an attack on our dreams, and the effects of such an attack are sometimes so damaging that our dreams are forced into hiding for years–maybe even decades–postponing our ability to live this life to its fullest.
It’s only natural for others to be skeptical of you: it is in our nature as humans to be suspicious of any grand plans for the future. But just because skepticism is a huge part of human nature, that doesn’t mean that we should be serving our wildest dreams on a silver platter to anybody who’ll listen, making it easy for “The Vultures of Skepticism” to devour all our hopes and wishes.
No, we must be more careful. We must be smarter than that.
Our deepest, wildest dreams are made of delicate stuff: the same stuff that goes into glass and porcelain and tissue paper. Our dreams–especially the deepest and wildest of them all–have to be placed in glass boxes in grand hallways, and have to be cleaned, polished and kept safe and secure, or better yet: placed in a safety deposit box in our soul–and we should be the only ones with the key to unlock it.
Shadows of doubt seem innocent enough, but they can be deadly when they accumulate and form huge clouds of skepticism that immolate your wildest dreams.
Tread carefully then.
Always keep your greatest and most precious dream a secret from everyone. Even your most supportive friends and family may shade that dream with a shadow of their doubt, and your greatest and most precious dream is so delicate it will tear underneath that shadow. Keep your dream close and sheltered by the burning light of your soul, then, until it is realized.
Today’s Courage Exercise
Don’t share your wildest and most precious dreams with anyone so as to keep it protected from the burning cloud of skepticism. Instead, keep your wildest dream locked up safely in your soul. Your soul is the best guardian of your wildest dream because your soul does not just believe in your dream--it knows your dream is destined to become true. And what better protector of your dreams could you ever hope for than that?
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