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Dare to dream the impossible dream

People who made their dreams come true are willing to look for creative and different ways to make things happen and are willing to work hard.

 

What good is dreaming if you don't do it

Ellen - Special Olympics 2018

Ellen has been selected to represent NSW at the 2018 Special Olympics

We all dream the impossible dream … and so we should: nothing will change or improve if we don't have dreams about what could be. For each one of you your impossible dream will be different.

A Honda-advert from a couple of years ago, featuring Andy Williams’ song “The Impossible Dream”, finishes with the question: “What good is dreaming if you don't actually do it?” … and that is really the most important question. It is not enough to dream, we must make our dreams reality.

 

Impossible = “I’m possible”

We often see our dreams as impossible to achieve, however, Audrey Hepburn (an actor whose films I love) said impossible doesn't exist, as the word itself says “I’m possible”!

No matter what your dreams are, you can design and build so that dreams become reality. And don’t put it off! Dream your dreams and work out how to make them a reality. It’s time to build … nothing is impossible if “I’m possible”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Building the impossible dream depends on you being brave enough to believe in yourself. You need to be brave enough to think: “I’m possible!”

Professional bicycle racer Jamie Paolinetti says if you can dev

elop a mindset of “limitations live only in our minds” and we then use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. Be brave enough to think: “I’m possible!”

 

Impossible reality

Australian Aurora dragon boating crew in action

Australian Aurora dragon boating crew in action

World Dragon Boat Championships 2017

World Dragon Boat Championships 2017

The Honda ad finished with the words “what good is dreaming if you don’t actually do it?” Amelaia Earhart, one of the earliest great female aviators said it a little differently: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

People who made their impossible dream a reality did so because they made the decision to act and then persevered. They made the decision to make the dream a reality.

When we are looking for examples of how to make dreams a reality, it is hard to look past Helen Keller.

Born in 1880, an illness at 19 months left Helen both deaf and blind. Yet she learned to read and write and became an author, a political activist, and a university lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a

bachelor of arts degree, and she made an enormous contribution to the wellbeing of others.

She said: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

People who made their impossible dream a reality, had an optimistic, not a pessimistic view of life … they believed it could happen.

 

How have others built an impossible into a reality?

Advice on how to make the impossible dream a reality does not always come from famous people. Whoever does the words of wisdom on the sign at the Menai service station, recently posted this message: “Take the risk or lose the chance”.

Year 12 Showcase

Year 12 Showcase last Friday evening

People who make their dreams reality, are those who take a chance. They step forward even when success isn’t assured and so make the most of every opportunity.

If we are not prepared to fail and get up and try again, we will never, ever make our dreams a reality. Michael Jordan, one of the greatest American basketball players ever said: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

People who made their dreams a reality, saw failure as part of building towards their impossible dream.

 

Failure equals opportunity

Failure provides an opportunity to try a different approach: to think about other pathways to your goal or dream, and to be creative in looking for a different approach.

 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

- Maya Angelou

 

And overarching all of these pieces of advice is the need to work hard. No impossible dream was ever realised by people who did not work hard, as Maya Angelou also says: “Nothing will work unless you do.”

People who made their dreams come true are willing to look for creative and different ways to make things happen and are willing to work hard.

 

How do I make my dreams reality?

We have to make it so. You need to do it.

You need to make sure you place no limits on what you strive for, make a decision to act, have an optimistic view of life – believe it can happen. Don’t let failures stop you … work through them, find another way and, above all, work hard.

So I urge you to dream big, to dream the impossible dream, but remember: it is no good dreaming if you don’t actually do it.

Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.

 

Mrs Maryanne Davis, Principal

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