Apr 092014


Waterford Boat Club

Waterford Boat Club (Photo credit: National Library of Ireland on The Commons)


“I used to daydream about this.”

“I always knew I’d end up here.”

“This is exactly as I imagined it.”

As many times as I’ve interviewed high achievers, I’m still sometimes surprised when  I hear those words.  I shouldn’t be.  Successful people set good goals.  In order to set good goals they start with the end in mind.

That doesn’t mean  any of us will achieve absolutely every picture we create  but the combination of desire, visualization, hard work and skill-building surely sets the stage.

Success stories begin with a dream and are fulfilled by setting and getting big goals. Big dreams set the stage and the lively vision of becoming an Olympic gold medalist or walking the red carpet can provide fuel to help us keep working toward something very specific.  And important.

Part of the gift that we can give our children is the gift of imagination and vision: the beautiful spark that sees something  not yet visible to others.  When that spark grows it can become a “want” or, if we’re really lucky “a need.”  And what happens when we need to accomplish something?  Most people are driven to study and learn and practice to prepare for the big moment they crave.

What big dreams are fueling your kids? 

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  6 Responses to “Eyes on the Prize”

  1. I pray every day that my adult daughter get sparked again, and motivated, to find and follow a dream. I know her path is her own, and I long ago realized that I am not my kid’s higher power, but I still pray…

    Love and light,

    • Although we’re taught to accept the things we cannot change, I think the most difficult one is accepting our kids’ pain… at any age. What an odd paradox: so many adults credit our tough times with making us better yet have a hard time when our children are moving through similar circumstances. Thanks so much for sharing this. May we all “plug in” to our dreams today. Love to you and yours.

  2. With seven kids, my hubby and I hope that each finds the happiness they deserve, along with a feeling of accomplishment and charity. The biggest message I give my children is to follow their heart, NOT the money. I can’t say that they all follow my advice, but I know that at least I’ve planted the seed that one day, when they need it most, will sprout and grow. Thanks for a fab article!

    • I love the idea of planting seeds that will bloom when they are most needed. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  3. Visualizing, intention setting, following your heart and positive thinking are some of the most powerful life success tools I gifted my soon-to-be 30 year old daughter with. I love watching her thrive in the sacred life she has created and watch as she passes on those same universal tools to my 27 month granddaughter. We can’t always guide their lives or decisions but knowing they have the mindset tools to support them can bring peace of mind.

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