Never Let Your Memories be Greater than Your Dreams

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.”

Doug Ivester

     Reminiscing is a favorite past time within many households. Hopefully you have been lucky enough to have some great memories of past times. You’ve had some great accomplishments. You’ve had some great experiences. You’ve witness some great events. However no matter what you have experienced never make the mistake of letting your memories be greater than your current dreams.

     The good thing about memories is that they are always there. They also cannot change. They are written in your hard drive just as they occurred. Yes you can change how you feel about those memories but you can’t change the memory. That is one reason why many of us attach and hold on to memories. You can always count on them to be there when you need them.

The Impact of Dreams vs. Memories

     Dreams on the other hand are not as permanent. Dreams can change. Dreams can disappear in an instant. New dreams can be created with the blink of an eye. The uncertainty of a dream can be both a gift and a curse. They are a curse if they cause pain if you never achieve them. They are a gift because of the impact they can have on your life as you try to achieve them.

     The impact a dream can have on your life is much greater than the impact that any memory could ever approach. Yes you can feel good about something you’ve done in your past and draw strength from it. For example if you’ve run a marathon you can always draw on that memory when being challenged by any workout. You’ve been there before so you know what you are capable of. This is a great use of a memory.

     But why are you working out? Do you just love the idea of pushing your body to limits for no reason? I would venture to guess you are working out because you have the dream of being healthy and physically fit. If you are already healthy and physically fit you most likely have the dream of staying that way through your senior years. That dream is why you are in the gym. That dream is why you set goals. You have set a goal of running a 6 minute mile because of that overall dream. The dream is the foundation for you successfully achieving that goal.

Never Waste an Opportunity to Dream

     Memories are a great solution for feeling good for the moment. However, if those memories aren’t being attached to a dream that moment can go by in an instant. Those instants can accumulate over time and before you know it you could have wasted a decade reminiscing about the past. I use the term wasted because if you haven’t achieved many goals in the past decade I believe you have wasted vast opportunities. You are capable of doing so many great things especially if you have a dream associated with them.

     You have dreams. You have aspirations. You have desires. The only way to get them is to define them. Once they are defined you can now begin to work on them. You can set goals to achieve them. As you meet those goals you will create some great memories. You can use those memories to help push you through any adversity you face while working on the next goal. Memories are good but they aren’t very useful without a dream. Your future will be determined by your dreams so make sure they are always greater than your memories. As long as you dream, the road ahead of you will always be brighter than anything in your past.

     Lastly since you’ve decided to dream you might as well Dream Big. I’d hate for you to settle. As Nelson Mandela once said “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Enjoy the journey and have a great week,

Drew

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