This week’s entry comes from Autem Clay, founder of I Teach Like Jesus, an organization that inspires teachers!
Help! Someone else has my dream.
Hate to break the news, but Disney has it wrong. A dream is more than a wish your heart makes when you’re sleeping. It’s the reason why some of us live. Why we work so hard. Why we believe we are here on this earth. Our dreams are motivating in and of themselves, and they energize us in remarkable ways. They become our possessions. And sometimes, if we are not wise, they become our sole reason for living. We can sink into the pitfall of comparison and complaining. Looking at the lives of others and adopting the belief that somehow, they are living the dream that belongs to you.
Have you ever felt this way? I have. I’ve caught myself becoming bitter and cynical as I’ve watched people get things I wanted. Things I’ve dreamed of. I’ve sunken into deep depression over that idea, angry that someone else had my dream and my dream life. But this idea is a lie and a dangerous one at that. Because even though it may appear that someone is living a life that I want, my dreams are mine and mine alone. They will manifest in the way they are designed to and contingent upon my ability to position myself to accomplish it, to bring it to life and make it real.
I have a very specific dream of an organization that supports teachers. It’s a three year old toddler of an organization. In the time since I decided to make this dream real, I’ve watched many peers start organizations that do similar things. I could feel some type of way. I could adopt the belief that they have my dream. But I know this is not the case. The purposes and plans of my organization are unique and it will do what it is designed to do. However, that will only happen IF I keep pouring my energy into the work.
So stop looking at what others are doing! It’s never about comparing. Your dream is unique and it’s yours and yours alone. No one can take your dream from you but you surely can surrender it to the lies you accept as truth. Don’t do that! Your dream needs you more than you know.