Marcia Wieder : The Dream Coach
Making Your Dreams Come
Years ago, people came to America in pursuit of their dreams—work hard, stay
focused and you can achieve the American Dream. For many who have attained
the basic American Dream–basic freedom, own a home, own a car, have a
family, finding a dream that takes us to the next level of achievement can
become a fragmented experience. We want this. We want that. We want
everything. And ever since September 11th, we want to feel safer and more
connected to family, friends and community.
There’s never been a more important time to set forth to achieve your
dreams. Without dreams and vision, companies and countries fail, and without
our personal dreams, hopes and aspirations, life can become meaningless. For
this reason, I propose “The Great Dream Challenge” and I encourage you to
take advantage of this support system to achieve your dreams.
If we define a dream as something that you want, that has heart and meaning
for you and that you believe in, than what are your dreams? Even if you tend
to be overly realistic, you still have dreams or things that you want for
yourself and others.
Whether you have a dream or are in need of a new one, whether your dream is
for yourself, your community or the world, this is your chance to act, to
get help in making it happen and to support others in doing the same. The
Challenge here is simple, yet powerful. Pick a dream, at least one, small or
large, personal or professional that matters to you and make the commitment
to achieve it (or a portion of it) by a certain date.
Here’s how The Dream Challenge works:
• Identify a dream that you are passionate about—something that matters to
• Put it in writing, tell others about it who will support you and is
committed to helping you overcome obstacles and achieve results.
• Join an organization or online community that will help you get closer to
your dreams through volunteering, helping you to build skills, or providing
• Learn to make specific requests that will help you achieve your dreams and
then share those resources with others.
• Create a broad “Dream Circle” for support and accountability.
• Take serious action.
Many of us think, “I’ll believe in my dream when I see that it’s a sure
thing or at least when there’s proof that it’s likely to happen.” But the
secret to living a “dream come true” life is to believe in your dream simply
because it matters to you. In other words, looking for certainty out in the
world is not the place to begin. The place to look is in your own heart.
Choose to believe in your dream. Then take action to demonstrate – to
yourself and others – you really do believe.