“Coming true is not the only purpose of a dream. Its most important purpose is to get us in touch with where dreams come from – with where passion and happiness come from.”
Great leaders are the ones who push past the disappointment and pain of dashed hopes and failed ventures. They are the ones who never give up, who take one more swing. Like William Carey or Alexander Bell, they keep going. And what keeps them going is passion; that deep desire, that burning fire that their (now-shattered) dream opened up inside them.
Here’s the problem with being a cutting edge leader: staying on the edge of change necessitates risk, and risk brings failure. A dream shattered. As a result, the only way we can thrive as leaders on the edge of change is if we dig a level deeper with our dreams. Scrutinize them, analyse them. What is the deeper passion behind your dream? What is its real driving force? I bet that as you connect to those hidden fires you’ll discover a desire that will not only launch a thousand new dreams but will also give you the stamina to push through a couple of shatterings.
A number of years ago I had my heart set on a scholarship to Oxford. When I didn’t win it, I was crushed. It was my first major failure in life, but it gave me an invaluable gift. It taught me that my real desire didn’t lie in academia, but rather in helping people move into life change. And that launched me onto my current path as a pastor and church leader.
So I’m interested, what have shattered dreams taught you about your real desires? Please let me know.