As we contemplate 2013 with hope and ambition, let’s let go of the resolutions and instead look upon 2013 as a dreamer looks upon the universe—with questioning eyes, an open heart, and the burning will to create and work towards something truly meaningful.
The dreamer doesn’t create lists of what she won’t do; she creates a vision of what she will do, regardless of the external barriers. She sets out to create an impact and does so for no other reason than passion itself.
This year instead of trying to stick to a not-so-effective annual list of resolutions, set out to fuel your own burning curiosities as all dreamers do and begin the year on a quest to stand for something greater than yourself. Hush the voice in your head that causes you to doubt yourself or think you can’t do something. Every time that voice returns and tries to divert you from your dreamer path, think of these three things:
1. Every successful dreamer is a successful doer. There isn’t an inventor, trailblazing entrepreneur, scientist, or change agent who has moved a dream from vision to reality without a whole lot of kickass hard work and lots of just plain doing. Some believe it takes luck, but I believe it takes painstaking hard work. One is helpless without the other, so get ready to really hit it hard. I promise it will be worth it.
2. Dreamers are also followers. When we think of some of the world’s most famous dreamers, we envision natural born leaders who stand alone and come before all others. In reality most dreamers are actually exceptional followers who build upon the great ideas of others, enhancing and taking ideas further, deeper or to the next level. You don’t have to be “first to market” with your dream to be an extradinary dreamer but you do have to be committed to achieving it no matter what.
In fact, being the first follower of an extradinary idea is its own kind of great leadership. This notion is amusingly expressed in one of my all time favorite TED talks, “How to start a movement,” by Derek Sivers, who sheds light on the fact that the first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself.
3. Time is everything. Time is our most valuable natural resource and when it comes to working towards a dream, many of us misuse time. This will be your greatest battle for moving your dream forward in 2013.
Whether its writing a book, starting an NGO in India, or launching your own business, every single dream worth working toward will take time and lots of it. Face this truth, evaluate how you manage your time, and make the changes necessary to dedicate your life to your dream.
Lastly, remember what Harriett Tubman taught us: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Here’s to dreaming with you in 2013!