We go about our everyday lives wanting things to get better.
We hope that our work makes a difference and those who came before us are proud.
We wish for our children to have more than what we were given.
And as Martin Luther King Jr.’s said so famously in his speech-
“Dreams are at the center of any effort
to make things better.”
And so I share my dream with you:
I have a dream that we understand that we can make a difference in the world, and that how we do the things we do is just as important as why.
I have a dream that organizations work not from a place of control and fear but a place of connection and collaboration.
I have a dream that we stop asking employees to follow the status quo but allow them to be curious and creative, and that we recognize all ideas as potential stepping stones to something much greater.
I have a dream that we treat money as something to work for but not something we just accumulate.
I have a dream that when fear shows up we stare back at it courageously.
I have a dream that we replace trying to please each other with caring for each other as we care for ourselves.
I have a dream that we communicate with meaning and purpose, saying what really matters and not what we think people want us to hear.
I have a dream that we commit ourselves to lifelong relationships that stretch across the boundaries of geography, organizations, and beliefs.
I have a dream that we open ourselves to connecting on a deep level so we can mutually benefit and enrich each others’ lives, gravitating toward each other instead of away into ourselves.
I have a dream that we become a world that shares our collective intelligence and inner wisdom, that together we generate such creativity and strength and enlightenment that future generations look back at this time as the beginning of the world they grew up in.
Because as life would have it-
When we can dream together
we can change the world.
Lead From Within: Dream with me—when we dream together we can truly dream big and change the world forever.
What are your dreams?
Share them here!
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness is being released by Portfolio May 2017.