Broken Dreams

David Graham June 27, 2016

Coaching Tips, Self-Improvement

Country Singer

A country tune came on. I threw my hat on and danced across the kitchen.

I imagined what it would be like to be a country singer in a huge stadium with adoring fans singing along. Women would swoon and men would want to be like me. “Wow!” I screamed out loud, “in my next life I am coming back as a country singer!”

And then I recalled an innocent time in my life that I thought that would be my destiny.

Or perhaps I’d be the host of The Tonight Show; the most popular guy in town. I’d hang out with the who’s who and life would be one big “front of the line”.

Broken Dreams.

And then the joy turned into a bruised feeling. In my early 20’s, I had dreams that I would be that guy. I grew up in a time and place where we were told that we could do anything, be anything if we just put our mind to it.

I turned to my partner, Justin and said, “do you ever have that feeling that you didn’t quite make it to where you dreamed you’d be”. He agreed that he had that feeling too.

Broken Dreams.

How do we get our head around that? How do we accept that dreams may not become a reality? How do we fully embrace the gratitude for the many blessings in our life rather than focusing on the things that didn’t come to pass?

Justin said it perfectly, “The only solution for broken dreams is more dreams.”

Self Coaching Exercise:

What is your broken dream? What made it important to you?

What part of that dream can you recreate and reframe so that it continues to lives on?

How can you harness that passion to drive you towards your life’s purpose?

David Graham

Dave coaches good leaders who want to be great leaders and he works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams. For transformational experiences, he takes teams out of the boardroom and into nature.