Welcome to March Madness for you basketball fans out there. I love sports, although I don’t follow basketball closely, heading out to a sports bar with friends to watch the ‘big’ game is always fun. When I think of basketball, my mind wanders back to 1992 and “The Dream Team” which is considered one of the best sports teams ever assembled. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen, Chris Mullen, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, and college standout Christian Laettner. The dream was big and the success was immense as they won gold in the Olympics.
The starting five consisted of a center, two guards, and two forwards. Then you have your coaching staff and don’t forget the importance of the fans cheering them on to success. Working in unison, each role aligned itself to perfection and the “dream” became reality.
I invite you to create your own dream team. Have I confused you yet? No, you don’t need to go find five gigantic men that have amazing basketball skills as that team was already built. Your dream team will be created from your own dream life. Take a moment to think about your hopes, desires, and dreams in all areas of your life: relationships, financial freedom, physical and emotional wellness, and whatever else you desire. Once you’ve got a list of dreams (and know this list will grow and evolve), start to create your dream team! Your team can include anyone you want to include, but the starring role is YOU!
So be like Mike! Introducing your dream team:
Center: Center and ground yourself into a peaceful space that allows dreams to be planted, nurtured, and grow.
Guard: As you dream big, obstacles may occur from your own doubts to allowing what others believe (you can’t do that etc.) to creep into your mind. The guard’s role is to be alert for those shifts in consciousness and get you back in the game. The guard is to alert you when these negative thoughts are taking up quality dream time. Whether it’s using affirmations, saying the word shift, singing an inspiring song, calling the coach, get off the negative bench and return to your stardom.
Forward: The forward is focused on the dreams and keeps the momentum going by getting into the feeling of already living that dream life. The forward FEELS it, SEES it, SMELLS it, SENSES it, TALKS about it, and fully knows the game plan.
Coach: The coach keeps the game plan on track and reminds the center, guard, and forward if any position is out of alignment. This role can be an internal guide, a trusted friend, or a hired life coach. Even the most talented athletes have coaches to help them hone in on their talents and tweak anything that is out of alignment.
Cheer leaders/fans: This group can be just you, one person, or 50 people. The importance of the cheer leaders and fans in your life is they ‘SEE” your dreams for you. We all have people in our lives that we love very much and they love us too, but due to their own fears, they aren’t able to dream big for us (see sharks and dolphins). So choose your cheer leaders and fans as people to share aha moments. Choose people to share victories with and even people to share perceived set-backs with as they are there to cheer you on your journey.
Mascot: Personally I recommend a team mascot too. My dog Mika is mine.
Moving forward, I invite you to dream big by:
Centering yourself in a loving, harmonious, peaceful state knowing all is well in your world
Guarding against negative thoughts taking over and replacing them with affirmative thoughts.
Moving forward with your dreams by remembering thoughts become things. So think/feel good thoughts and see and feel as though your dream has already come true.
Coaching yourself in a manner of living life fulfilled.
Becoming your biggest fan knowing that you are an amazingly unique gift to the world.
And remembering to cherish the mascots in your life.
Until next time, I can hear the crowds cheering – can you?
I have built a great team of family and friends that support me.
Words to Live By:
“There are some people, who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” ~ By Douglas Everett
“I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~ Michael Jordan
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” ~ Gail Devers
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