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Category: Dreams

Kid Thinking

If you step into my home office you’ll notice something very playful about the surroundings.

I have books I’ve read and want to read in several different places. Some on my desk and more on a floating shelf. The covers of the books tend to be bright and multi-coloured, and relate to the subject matter of being creative.

Branded logos for Mars Inc. (the company I work for) are framed on my wall and in other visible areas. Skittles, Twix, Snickers and the M&M’s characters fill my work space with even more bright colours and creative images.

I have my NFL Funko Pop collection sitting on my desk and shelf. And of course I have my kids artwork hanging proudly in several different areas on the walls.

There’s a reason for all this colourful, bright, childlike madness around me each day. It’s to stay in a constant state of creativity. As we get older we slowly lose the creative innocence we had as kids. Peter Himmelman the author of Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life puts it this way in a 2016 article for Time Magazine:

When a child is engaged in play, she is taking material from her inner reality, or dream world, and placing it into external reality, or what we might call the real world.

Play then becomes the intersection of dream and reality. I call that… “Kid-Thinking.” Very young children don’t think about the consequences or how they’ll be perceived; they just play.

Studies have shown that when we fully immerse ourselves in joyous doing—as opposed to anxious mulling—we can become more creative.

Books, brand images, Funko Pops, kids paintings in my office all remind me that even at 40 years of age, my inner child creative potential is limitless. I just need to give it permission to be so.

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Our Real Enemy

Our internal governor consistently stops us from taking risks. It’s either to avoid the pain of failure or the pain of looking foolish Or both.

For that reason we always look for what’s safe. What’s ideal. What’s common. Blending in and not standing out feeds our governor’s appetite for safety and security.

Then we read about a farmer renting her goats for £5.00 each to individuals who wanted to have goats show up as a joke on Zoom calls.

Her goats have now appeared in virtual meetings all over the world, including in the US, Russia, China and Australia, with some people donating far more than the £5.00 charge for an appearance.

She ended up making £50,000 from the gig. I guess it was just an untapped market. But a market none the less that she was not afraid of jumping into and potentially looking foolish.

Our battle with stepping out and creating something great is not about what other people think. It’s the consistent battle with our own governor that we need to be prepared to face daily.

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In sports following-through is the range of motion from the beginning of a movement all the way to the complete end of the action.

Any slight change or tweak during the motion can disproportionately affect how on target an athlete is.

In an article for Tiger Woods briefly explains the follow-through in his swing:

“I like to think that my follow-through determines how high the ball is going to launch. In reality, my follow-through is a result of my angle of attack.”

We get excited about ideas, plans and the initial concepts we draft. But only having the right ‘angle of attack’ in planning our follow-through will determine how far those plans will come to be when all the excitement passes.

Zig Ziglar sums this up nicely:

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

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You Sound Ridiculous

We feel crazy sometimes talking about our big dreams with others. It’s due to our left logical side of the brain always trying to give us a reality check.

So we end up doing the same to others. Good thing Lavar Ball wasn’t listening.

Ball dared to say on a consistent basis that all 3 of his sons would play in the NBA. We called him crazy. Loud. Obnoxious. Overzealous. He just kept saying it would happen.

As of this week Liangelo, the last of the Ball brothers signed an NBA contract making it official.

Our big dreams will never happen until we start talking about it and believe it enough to sound as ridiculous to others the way Lavar Ball sounded.

Turns out he wasn’t as ridiculous as we all once thought.

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Look to Strangers for Motivation

If you go online, in a matter of seconds you can find….

…thousands of triumphant weight loss stories from people lacking true external resources.

…thousands of stories of families that had major debt and managed to become debt free.

…thousands of stories of creatives overcoming a personal disability to excel at a high level in their artistic craft.

…thousands of entrepreneurs who after experiencing several failed ventures, achieve tremendous success with their current business.

Whether you ask Alexa or Siri to search for you, they will find online endless examples and stories of individuals who have overcome some of the most difficult circumstances you can imagine.

So find them, and read them. Over and over. You’ll begin to realize how much time you’ve spent undermining you’re ability to accomplish that goal you’ve been dreaming about for years.

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Scoring Ugly

I’ll never forget scoring my first touchdown at 13 years of age. The story isn’t as glamorous as one might think.

Our star running back took the hand off from our star quarterback and burst though our offensive line heading towards the endzone.

Just before breaking the plane of the goal line, he fumbled the ball in the endzone. Playing receiver, I happen to be in the endzone involved in my usual duty of blocking a defensive player. Suddenly the ball started to flip-flopping towards me as my team yelled “FUMBLE!”

My eyes popped out of my head and I seized the opportunity to jump on the pigskin in the endzone. I jumped up off the turf and held the ball in the air triumphantly for a millisecond before getting mauled by half the team.

It wasn’t pretty but it was an exciting moment for me. It’s a highlight I’ll always cherish. My quick actions plus being at the right place at the right time helped my team secure the win. For others, however, the moment was more likely forgettable.

Our wins won’t always be ‘Instagram-able’ or considered highlights of anyone else’s day. We’ll experience more of those types of wins than ones that will be socially acceptable or celebrated.

The small, insignificant victories are what we use to build towards our ultimate dreams and goals.

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Your Dreams, Like Blogging, Aren’t Dead

I’m sure we’ve been here before.

Me blogging my thoughts and you reading them. Frankly, this is my purpose. I’ve tried to deny it by suppressing it. I’ve tried launching a side business that has a writing component in it but isn’t freelance writing directly. I’m too old. I don’t have time. The journey will be too long.

We exercise these thoughts daily to convince ourselves that the window of opportunity to achieve our dreams has passed. Then we hear about 70-year-old first-time entrepreneurs and realize we have a choice to make.

So I blog. Even though they say its dead, my words aren’t. Just like your dreams.

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