Dreaming & Doing

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the famous speech that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave on the steps of the National Mall. Fifty-three years ago, he put a stake in the ground, claiming his dream of the future and then he did everything in his power to see that dream revealed within his life time.

It got us thinking… thinking about dreams. There is power in dreaming great dreams. As Steve Jobs said, "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who usually do." Believing you can change the world starts with having a dream to change something about the world. But a process has to happen between dreaming the dream and actually changing the world... The magic happens when we move from dreaming to action. But we can’t take any steps into fulfilling a dream we haven’t yet identified.

“I realized that I was creating a great deal of stress by not following my dreams—or rather, by not identifying them.
For a while, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I didn’t recognize what was important to me, I didn’t have a clear sense of my priorities, and I spent the bulk of my day doing things I didn’t care about.
As a result, I felt anxious and conflicted—like my time wasn’t valuable because I wasn’t doing anything about the things I valued…"
- Lori Deschene 

Don't feel like you're following your dreams? Ask yourself "Do I KNOW what my greatest dreams are?" If the answer is anything short of "YES, ABSOLUTELY" you need to find time to identify your dreams. Get alone. Think about what you are passionate about. Ask yourself what it is that makes your heart beat faster. Create your ideal job, your ideal college experience, your ideal future.  What do you envision for your life? What do you wish to achieve? Taking the time and finding the space to name your dreams is so rewarding! 

Step 1 – Identify your dreams : Check!
Now for Step 2 – Make a Move!

Once you've identified a dream or two (or twelve!), you’ve gotta do something - something that will get you there, to the place where you see your dream become a reality. As Lori says, "When you're taking baby steps, it's not as scary. You don't need a huge reserve of courage to do just one thing." Just do one thing. Just take a step in the right direction, stay the course and believe in the beauty of your dreams.

“If you have a dream you must believe in it even if no one else does. You will need to be strong enough to remain steadfast amidst criticism that your idea is flawed or wrong. If you alter your course to please the peanut gallery of voices you may lose your focus. If you have a dream you must face your own doubt squarely and believe in the goodness of your own idea.
Against all odds you must be willing to take a stand for it, working hard for the result and even sacrificing things to stand for what you believe in. Eventually the truth wins out and if you are doing good and adding value to the world then that will be validated.” 
- Kino Macgregor

So what dreams do you have?

Is it your biggest dream to be a better gymnast than Simone Biles? Train HARD and never quit! Do you want to dedicate your life and your work to seeing positive change in girls’ lives? You CAN do it – just ask Haley! Is your short-term goal to ace all of your classes this semester? Work hard enough and you WILL do it! Here’s the key – declare your dream, surround yourself with people who will encourage you and help you achieve it, and do WHATEVER it takes to get there. You will make a lasting impact by doing what you love and the world will be much better for it. We believe in you. You can do it. 

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Eleanor Roosevelt

With Love, 
The Girl Talk Team

Written by Makenzie Albracht - Programs & Digital Marketing Coordinator

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