The Freedom Experiment

The Freedom Experiment

Everything is possible

Own the dream - Don't let it own you


If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same;

From If by Rudyard Kipling

I first read this poem a couple of days ago, and the line that really struck me was this:  "If you can dream - and not make dreams your master". It struck me because I was thinking about that fine line of balance between using a dream as a source for fuel, and being burnt out by it. To be pulled or to push. How many times haven't I found myself thinking "If only ... then ...". THEN I'd be happy. Then I'd be satisfied. Fulfilled.

And by doing that I'm pushing that dream before me like a shield against the world. Pushing, pushing, pushing. Effectively making sure the dream will never come true, because I'm not ready to receive its greatness. But why?

Because I fear success? Maybe.

Because I fear failure? Maybe.

Because I fear sharing the dream? Maybe.

Because I fear that I'll succeed and still don't feel good? Maybe.

Because it is safer to avoid all of the above? Definitely.

It is a message I've been sharing for such a long time. and yet - the world keeps reminding me to tell it again and again. Because making dreams come true is a practice, not a one-time deal. So I'm telling it again, to remind you and myself: When you make your dreams your master, you'll never succeed. And you'll probably never fail. But you're also running like a hamster in a wheel, wearing yourself out without getting anywhere.

So don't make that special, magical dream a chest full of gold at the end of the rainbow. (Remember, that rainbow is constantly moving.) Take a close look at your thinking habits and check if you're running around thinking "If only [insert wonderful dream here] THEN I will be [insert dream emotional state here]".

Own the dream - don't let it own you.

Don't postpone [happiness/fulfilment/joy/excitement/other dream emotional state]. Go live. Now.