A few days ago I had an extremely thought-provoking dream. Interestingly enough, it wasn't necessarily what happened in my dream that was so compelling, but the realization I had upon waking up. In my dream I was running. Running after someone, chasing something. Who I was running after and what I was chasing wasn't clear in my dream. Just the rush and exhilaration of the pursuit was all I had to hold onto upon plunging back into consciousness.
I remember the blurred visuals of flying down stairs, darting through side streets and finally, in a bright, over-saturated field, sprinting as fast as I could. In the final moments, every stride they took just seemed to put more and more distance between them and I. In the end, despite my exhausting attempt, I just couldn't keep up... and they got away. I never found out who they were or what they had.
Then I woke up.
For a few minutes I just laid there in my bed, replaying the scenes in my head. I was a little bewildered. What did it mean? As I stared at the ceiling I realized, I could have caught them. The only thing keeping me from running faster in my dream was the belief that THAT was as fast as I could go. In that unconscious stream of thought I could have rocketed forward with super-human propulsion the moment I believed I could. It made me really think: How much of our waking life, our day-to-day living, are we being inhibited by our own mind, by the simple belief that we can't do the impossible.
I think we can.
There are multitudes of examples where ordinary people refused to believe the silent whisper of self-doubt and achieved greatness.
Dean Karnazes, pushed his mind and body to inconceivable limits by running 50 marathons, for 50 consecutive days, in all 50 states.
Alain Robert, urban climber, has scaled The Empire State Building, The Golden Gate Bridge and The Burj Khalifa (828 meters, the tallest building in the world) all without using a safety harness.
The most astonishing thing is that these are all ordinary people, determined to be great. They have no special power that separates you and I from them. They simply fixed their mind on greatness. Albert Einstein said,"I have no great talent, I am just passionately curious." It's the passion that produces prowess. Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the list could go on and on of ordinary people doing extraordinary things simply because of their passion and determination.
Greatness awaits, but it starts with realizing our potential. It begins with envisioning your own greatness, focusing on it, being able to taste the images in you mind, and when barriers and obstacles come along not becoming overwhelmed, but overcoming. The world around us needs people to rise to the occasion to do great things, but it starts in our minds, passionately pursuing our own potential.
Together, we are going to do amazing things.