Coach Joelle Prochera - Should I Share My Dreams Or Not

Should I share my Dreams?

Should I share my Dreams or Keep Them To Myself?

I create gardens on my deck only to watch them be obliterated. Don’t let this happen to your dreams.

There’s an ongoing debate in personal development circles about whether to:

a) Share your dreams or

b) Keep them to yourself

This summer, my cat, Sundae, helped create the purrfect metaphor to explain why my answer is a definitive “It Depends.”

Let me paint the scene:

I’m not much of a gardener, however, I plant things to beautify my deck.

This spring, I purchased three small lemon cucumber plants (🍋+🥒?). I’d never grown a cucumber, and I was up for a new adventure.

I planted & watered them, and waited for Mother Nature to work her magic.

Then along comes Sundae.

I’ve watched her mow down kale to a nub in three bites, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when she beelined for those tender cucumber startups.

Without hesitation she began chomping the leafy goodness.

Hey, if garden greens make her happy – enjoy!

However, two days later, only one plant remained, and when she angled for it with a twinkle in her eye, I knew I needed to take a stand.

I covered that little plant, protected it from harm, and gave it a chance to safely grow.

It wasn’t long before my sheltered plant grew & spread, quickly taking over the entire planter.

I even saw the beginnings of these fabled lemon cucumbers, and I knew it was all going to be okay.

The next time Sundae went to town, chomping leaf after leaf, I sat back drinking iced tea, knowing that no amount of chomping was going to take this plant out of existence.

I knew it was going to not just survive, but thrive.

Who should you share your dreams with?

There are people in your life who deserve to hear your dreams. People who will nurture them, support you, and cheer you on.

There are people who want to stand by you and hear the stories of the ups and downs along the path, always holding your good future in their hearts.

You can share your dreams with those people All 👏 Day👏 Long 👏.

Who should you shield your dreams from?

However, DO NOT tell your dreams to someone who treats your dreams like Sundae treats those plants.

There may be people in your life who will hear the bud of an idea, the things you aspire to, and whether it’s because of their own limited thinking, jealousy, or even a well-meaning desire to keep you safe…

They’re going to try and kill that thing.

They may not have ill intent (Sundae’s intent was a gleeful “Get in my belly!”) but they are absolutely untrustworthy with your dreams.

Protect Your baby dreams

So those dreams that are tender and precious…

Keep them close.

Share them with people who will honor and protect them.

And once your dreams have grown into beautiful bushes, sturdy trees or fruitful orchards, then you can consider sharing them with the skeptics, naysayers, and those who seek to keep you where you are.

Once your dreams have developed a life and momentum of their own, feel free to shout them from the rooftops.

Cheers to your tender, wonderful budding dreams <3

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