Why You Should Keep Your Wildest Dream A Secret From Everyone

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.

much love,

Ollin

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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4 comments on “Why You Should Keep Your Wildest Dream A Secret From Everyone

  1. Gry Ranfelt says:

    I don’t know what you mean when you say THESE DAYS people suspect failure. It’s always been like that. When Bam Bam first set out to rub two sticks against each other to create fire the others were probably laughing their asses off at the idea of staying awake past sunset.
    Personally my own skepticism is my worst enemy. When others are skeptics towards my goals I become even more head bent on achieving it.

  2. You are so right about the cumulative effect of other people’s skepticism on our own self-belief. It’s those: “That’s nice dear, but …” comments that can seep in if you let them. I have found the company of other writers (online and off) is amazing for growing your confidence. Even wildly successful writers seem to remember the struggle for self-belief and share confidence-boosting advice.

  3. K.ShankarBabu says:

    Even other people don’t express/talk verbally, their skeptic thoughts would generate their own impacts which may accumulate in the universal mind zone which is connected to our subconscious minds…If on the other hand, their thoughts are positive and hopeful in nature, we may get unexpected supports in realizing our dreams!

  4. Generally I’m in agreement with your thoughts on writing, creativity, and courage, but I am in disagreement with this one. Yes, it can be risky to share your dreams and possibly have someone shoot them down. It’s possible to start to believe the doubts expressed by others.

    But there is also a risk in never expressing your dream to anyone. Too many defenses may result in your dream bundled so tightly in a deep dark chasm of your heart that it can neither breathe nor move, let alone become a reality.

    The trick is to find the balance, to know who to trust with your truth and who not to. Who might be supportive (support systems are important) and who will try to stomp on your progress. And there is certain courage in saying, “This is my dream. I believe in it. And I’m going to make it happen no matter what you say.”

    I’ve met a great number of people I’ve shared my dreams with who have encouraged and supported me and become a community, allowing me to also encourage and support them.

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