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A Time to Dream

A Time to Dream

I once visited my brother in Florida and he showed me a row of mind-blowing oceanfront mansions. Appropriately named “The Miracle Mile,” these homes had guest homes that had guest homes. They had multi-million dollar boats, infinity pools and lavish landscapes. These were clearly the homes of the rich and famous.

The entire time I was checking these places out, I contemplated how these people made their dough. And then I wondered what kind of lives they have and why they need such enormous living quarters. Wealth can be mesmerizing and it can dominate our minds.

When it comes down to it, what is money? Is it the be-all and end-all? I would hope that money would support—rather than dominate—every dream for which we are willing to work. One of the most provocative things I know is that every man-made object, as well as every success in a person’s life, starts with an idea or a picture in the mind. While things may seem impossible right now due to the crisis, I believe that there is ample supply of whatever we need. Ours is still the land of opportunity.

I believe in action and I am certain that idleness creates trouble. In turn, any dream can be realized with great effort. As long as material resources are at the service of our dreams, the sky is the limit for all of us. The dreaming process, however, does not work unless we are specific. That is because a big part of the power to make a dream come true arises from a mental picture. And for a mental image, we need specifics.

One of the pitfalls of adulthood is that we stop dreaming—especially dreaming big. Despite the pandemic and all the physical, emotional and financial damage it has created, this is a time to dream. With much of what we have come to rely on being cast away, there is no better time to dream again and reinvent. But we must make sure that we dream correctly.

In order for a dream to come true, we must want it with our whole hearts and we need to be able to check a couple of boxes. The first is the recognition that our dreams cannot be at the expense of others. Before the panic occurred, we could argue that we were living in a way that was ego-centric. Self-preservation had taken precedence and technology and greed stoked an “at any cost” attitude. However, the fulfillment of our dreams should never hurt others.

The other challenge to realizing our dreams is making sure that our relationships are right. Nobody likes their personal space invaded and the crisis has now expanded it to six feet. Our tolerance for others may have been low before but it has decreased even further now. We must endeavor to be mindful of others and make sure that our paths don’t collide.

This is a remarkable opportunity to return to a time where we could dream without limits. We can tap into our imaginations like when we were kids and envision a robust future. This is a chance to flip the script on the constancy of bad news and to craft a picture of the life and business we really want.

Dreams without action are just fantasies. But dreams married with relentless drive and execution become legacies filled with pride. So, use this time to re-imagine the future you want and then start acting upon it. And remember that trouble or evil arises from not keeping busy. So, just because things seem dire doesn’t mean we need to let others control our narrative. We don’t need to sit around watching 24 hours of political vomit. No, we can carve our own story by bringing life to the picture in our minds. It is a great time to dream.

Warmest wishes,

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Mark Potter

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