Aristotle once said “Hope is but a dream to those that wake.”
I read that quote this morning and now I further understand why the Team leaders place such an emphasis on the dream. When I used to hear the word “Dream”, I would immediately shut down my imagination. I had been taught that reasonable, intelligent people did not waste their time dreaming. I thought dreaming was for those uninspired flower children who never rolled up their sleeves and went to work. My mindset actually was reinforced in college and in the work place. Anyone that dared to think outside the box was ridiculed unmercifully by the logical 95%’ers that know how to succeed.
As I began to associate with the Team leaders and listen to Cd’s, I realized that there is a difference between a dreamer and an achiever. To dream and never awaken the winner within us to pursue that dream, is fantasy. And to chase results without having a dream to guide us is often fruitless and unrewarding. In my case I refused to dream because I was to busy working and thinking logically about success, so I often felt unfulfilled, and out of place. No matter what I accomplished I still felt empty without a dream. For others they have big dreams, but when they are awake they cannot connect their dream with the right activities. So what is the answer?
The answer lies somewhere between the dream and results. I believe that this gap is where many people in our industry find their most frustrating moments. Our system has books like the “Dream Giver”, by Bruce Wilkinson, to help us find the answers. Also, being around dream achievers can help us find our way to the correct path. But I feel that the most important missing element in our strive for advancement is HOPE.
Hope is the motivating force to continue in pursuit of our ultimate purpose. Hope ties the dream to the results by supplying energy to its’ owner; hope lifts the spirits of those that frustration has paralyzed; hope heals the scars of rejection; hope relieves the burden of unrewarded dedication; hope is the key to making your dreams a reality. Team AO, I heard it said that we are dealers in hope. The world teaches do not get your hopes up, and the world also produces very few achievers. Team teaches dream a big dream, and continue to have hope that your efforts over the course of time will pay off. How much time, and how much effort, God only knows, but one thing for sure if He has given you a vision of your future, then he will give you provisions to make that vision a reality. Keep dreaming and hold onto your hope a let’s get to work chasing down our dreams.