Recently I’ve been reading a book by John C. Maxwell, “Put Your Dream to the Test“, which is sparking many of the ideas behind these posts. I highly suggest it.
The book shares the story of research done on monkeys. Four monkeys, a pole, and a bunch of bananas on top of the pole. The first three monkeys attempted to reach the bananas at the top of the pole and were all doused with cold water upon reaching the banana. After three went up and were doused, the fourth went to try. The first three monkeys panicked and pulled the monkey off the post before he would get doused by water. As they introduced new monkeys into the experiment, none were allowed to reach the top of the pole. Eventually, none of the monkeys that were initially doused remained, but the rule still stood. No one touched the pole because someone was once doused by water.
We live in a world where few people reach their dreams. A leading cause of this short fall of human nature is that when one person fails, they feel the need, to not only tell others, but to prevent others from making the same mistake.
You might have known someone who failed in their dream of a sports career and now works in a job they hate because of the time they ‘wasted’ working for their dream. They, in turn, pulled you aside in your younger years and even though you didn’t witness their failure, they pleaded with you to not drop your high school college prep courses to pursue your dream of becoming a professional athlete, opening up a pastry shop or joining the circus.
So this week I want you to do a little introspection.
The challenge: evaluate every dream you can ever remember having, and find out why it you stopped pursuing it.
This might get messy, but it is meant to help you prevent past pitfalls from inhibiting the dream you now want to start pursuing.