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How often have you become so frustrated, tired, or bored with something you've been working at that you just want to give up and walk away?
I'm sure this has happened to many of you more than once. The dream could be something that's gotten you fired up like a business idea, an endeavor you've poured your creativity into like a novel, or a course of action like an educational pursuit. For a while it's the thing that is the passion that consumes your being and then one day you stop and wonder if you're chasing fairy tales and trying to catch moonbeams. Have you ever been riding on the wind and then one day find yourself blown into a corner that seems to be a dead end?
This may be the question Jeremy from Being Retro (among other places). Then again knowing Jeremy the question might just be a fun rhetorical question. But of course knowing me I'm going to take it all serious and not only answer the question, but also I'm going to add clues to my Battle of the Band song pick for this coming Friday. Have you caught any of the clues so far?
Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...
how to know when it's time to stop?
Yeah, that's what he said--or asked. Or whatever he did.
And my thought is this: Even if you're walking with your head in the clouds, a dream still has validity. If today things aren't working the way you were hoping, stop and reassess your goals. What is it that you really want to achieve? Have you been going about it the right way? Maybe you need to refocus. Or maybe just put things on hold for a while.
A worthy dream is not an elusive butterfly that takes wing to fly away when you lose hope. Even good strong powerful dreams can lose momentum, but that doesn't mean they need to stop totally. Reevaluate your progress along the road to your destination. Park that dream car in the garage if need be and drive a different car for a while. You can go back to the first car when you're ready for that one.
Whether you end up on a stage before thousands burning a wild guitar with a famous rock band or in a quiet country pub playing Irish fiddle tunes, remember that it's not so much the magnitude of the dream you achieve as it is having achieved the dream in a way in which you can feel a sense of satisfaction.
Your dream may not be a shining star exploding in the heavens, but a twinkle of hope on the horizon that you must patiently aim for in a slow trek forward. Don't forget those who would be happy for you to reach your dream even if they don't know what that dream is. There are a thousand smiles and nods of encouragement waiting to propel you forward. You may not see them or know who they are, but I believe that there are many who want us all to succeed in what we dream.
Yeah, take wing and fly to your dream destination. Sometimes you may have to wait, change course, or sleep on it. But don't stop. Not completely. Don't let a good dream die.
Have you ever given up on a dream and regretted it? Did you ever persist at a dream that seemed to be dying to see it eventually revive and succeed? What is the dream that you would most like to see come to fruition? Can you guess what song I will be competing in Friday's Battle of the Bands post?