Let’s face it, not all of our dreams work out. We set goals, we have a vision of the future and something derails, delays, or simply denies it from happening. What do we do in the face of this failure?
I suppose we have a choice to make. We can choose to pick up the pieces, see what we could have done better (maybe), and start to aim towards another dream or goal. Or, we can become tainted, cynical, and hardened. Yes, those seem like two extreme views, but by not consciously picking the first, we tend to end up in the second even if we do not realize it.
Life can at times be harder than we imagined. When I think about life, there are way more long-periods of monotony with brief moments of excitement (good or bad). What seems to break up the daily routine of life is a dream. The strange little hope that you can make a difference, do something great, and alter your story and the stories of those around you.
So the next time that dream starts to become just a faded light in the rear-view mirror, stop looking back, look forward and find the next dream…and the next…and the next. Make the choice, and don’t let the hardening of disappointment in…dream instead.
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Published by Carl Weber
Carl Weber, is the owner and founder of Carl Weber Consulting, a consulting group that helps businesses, non-profits, and individuals understand themselves, hire and manage well, and become great leaders. Carl worked in local government for more than ten years, as the Town Administrator of a few towns in NH. Once upon a time he was a search and rescue swimmer for the US Navy.
Carl holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science & Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Carl is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) and Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA).
Carl regularly teaches on human factors and the relationship of behavior and leadership styles, as well as motivation, coaching, leadership challenges, and failing as a leader. His passion is to help leaders in their lifelong journey to finish well, to combat and work with their inner voice, and to live a meaningful story worth reading.
Carl lives in Southern New Hampshire with his wife Amanda and together they are raising a small tribe of four young (somewhat crazy) women with the goal of unleashing them on the world to change it for the better.
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4 thoughts on “When Dreams Don’t Work Out”
Quote from a friend: “Stop looking back. That’s not where you are going.”
I thought of that as I read this today.
Great quote, maybe I should put that on the rear-view mirror in the car as a reminder!
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