The story of Susan Boyle on ‘Britains Got talent” show is sweeping the nation and it is the kind of feel good story that most of us like and can celebrate. We always like it when the unlikely happens. When Susan Boyle took the stage, the last thing the judges and audience expected was for her to succeed. Based on her appearance alone she was a very unlikely candidate. Here was a rather homely woman in her forties from an obscure village aspiring to be a great singer. Who was she anyway? Many were no doubt bracing for some uncomfortable moments. Then she opened her mouth to sing and now you might say the rest is history. It was not only a stunning performance, but the emotional impact of the moment was unbelievable. The expression on the faces of the judges alone was absolutely priceless. This unknown woman now became a symbol of much more than she would have ever dreamed could happen. Susan Boyle not only brought the house down but she was standing right in the middle of her dream!
Once again, we are reminded of the important lesson not to judge a book by the cover. But more importantly we are reminded of the beauty and profoundness of a dream. The message that we all must hear is that if the Susan Boyles of the world can do it, then maybe we can as well. Maybe it is not too late for us. I once heard the story of a 75 year old woman who wanted to be a world famous photographer. When asked by another life coach what she wanted to be when she grew up, she stated she wanted to be a world famous photographer. The life coach encouraged her to take a bold step and enter a photography contest. She did and to her surprise she won the contest and her photos traveled the world.
Well, what about you? What is your dream? What is standing in your way? Is it your appearance, your age, your lack of education? We can always find excuses of why this idea or that might not work. Excuses too often become our permission slip not to explore, not to create, not to step out and take a risk. But it seems to me that dreams only happen when we take bold steps, when we dare to take a risk, when we step out of our comfort zone even being willing to fall flat on our face if necessary.
Need more courage or confidence? One thing is for sure. Courage does not come over night but it can come and it will come as we are willing to take one small step at a time. Sometimes we just have to take a step. Maybe the first step, like the 75 year old photographer, is to tell someone the dream. Small steps lead to big steps and eventually we summon greater and greater courage and we find ourselves like Susan Boyle sanding in the middle of our dreams. What are you waiting for? It is never too late to start or to dream my friend and more importantly the world is waiting for what you have to offer!