Be a Good-un
…help Someone Reach their Dreams.
What does this really mean? It’s not a collection of merit badges– not for show anyway–but at the end of life how much cooler would it be to have a house full of thankful people rather than a house full of stuff?
But which dreams?
I’m not necessarily saying you should fulfil your son’s dream by building a life-size Millennium Falcon in your backyard. Although cool, (see below) it might be more rewarding that you throw a ball with him every night as he dreams of playing in the NFL. It’s not the point of him making it to the NFL that counts, but rather someone he looks up to believing in him and actively engaging and spending time nurturing his dreams that truly matters.
As with any dream, “a failure to plan, is a plan to fail.” A simple way to get started in the right direction is as follows:
- Define the Goal or Dream – Who, What, When Where, Why How. Write it down.
- Set a time frame – Set manageable and realistic goals to gauge the process.
- Visualise your dream – put meat on the bones. Where do they see it in five years?
- Involve Others with similar goals – Multiply your brain power and passion.
- Meet regularly to make sure you’re on task or need to adjust the plan.
- Stick with it and have fun.
When someone does not want to be helped.
It’s hardest, especially with loved ones, when you see their potential and watch them turn away a helping hand. We see this a lot with teenagers or those still thinking like one. The key here is not to give up. Just be patient and make sure you are there when they are ready.
Now if it’s your 25-year-old, who’s still thinking he is going to become a pro-baseball player but can’t throw a ball, then help them by being honest. Not mean, but constructively objective by offering encouraging advice. Don’t ridicule their dreams, instead work on this opportunity to guide them toward new ones.
Yesterday, I was at Target and was approached by an extremely nervous man asking for help. We have all had that moment involving the stranded family with no gas/rent money, etc, where it’s very easy to walk away. But sometimes, it just feels right to give. The interesting part of this story—as cash often can be in short supply—is when I got home, I found a blank envelope inside of my mailbox with twice the amount of cash in it that I had just given earlier.
So get out there and be Good-uns and do good stuff this week.
All the Best,
P.S. You can find your “Falcon” plans here…
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