A Dream Deferred
By Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
We’re almost to Christmas, a happy time for most people. Unfortunately the people of Newtown, CT, and others affected by recent tragedies, will not be wanting to celebrate as much this year. As a business owner you may feel some of the same conflicted emotions in regards to your business. You may be doing well but not be satisfied by all you’re doing. If that’s the case I want to offer you some words of encouragement today.
First, be thankful for what you do have. It’s not easy to stay focused on appreciating what you have, or the dreams that you had and don’t have anymore. But it’s important to recognize the good things you have accomplished.
Second, you have to open up to a new dream and change. With your unhappiness you’ve got 2 choices: do nothing or change. At the moment I’m very willing to work on change, but haven’t found my new dream yet. Both the willingness to accept the need to change and discovering your dreams takes time.
Third, don’t go it alone. Yes, the dream that motivates you will have to be your dream, but finding the courage to chase that dream, or put that dream on the back burner for a bit until the time is right, is done best with the support of others.
Finally, you have to go for it or let it go. This is the step that separates the leaders from everyone else. True leaders know when to go for it or when to let it go. Sometimes you let it go because there’s a bigger and better dream. Sometimes you let it go because it’s no longer your dream. But if it’s still your dream and it’s big enough for you, you have to go for it.
In these last few weeks of 2012, now is the time to make the decisions about your business and your dreams. A new year is almost here, and it can be a clean slate for you, or it can be an opportunity to take what you’ve got and grow. What will you do?