#8. A dream is not a wish. It is a blue print.
A dream is a vividly detailed image of you – at the precise moment you reach the pinnacle. A vision that you create, carry and work towards your entire journey.
It is a likeness so graphic, kept within your heart, mind and spirit, that you can actually live in it.
You can feel the wind on the fairway.
Smell the grass on the green.
Sense the warmth of the sun on your skin at the tee-box.
Hear the shot leaving the rough.
An image – of what you want, where you want to go and what you will become – that will provide a focal point for your thoughts, words and deeds, each step of the way.
An image of such mass that you cannot help but be pulled toward it.
Because once you have been able to capture all of this from within, all that remains is to make it come to life.
To commit to action.
To follow your blue print.
To make your reality on the outside match what you have “seen”, “felt” and “known” all along on the inside.
One of my favorite moments each year comes during our youth football banquet, listening to Coach Keel create this very powerful image for the kids.
Taking a little poetic license, his wonderful words can apply to all of you that live for life on the links:
“..when tournament day comes, have your parents get you to University Ridge a little early.
Because once you get there, and have had a chance to take it all in, you have to do this for me:
Close your eyes.
Feel the sun and the anticipation.
Hear the crowd and the excitement begin to build.
Smell the spring air.
Then imagine yourself down there.
With your team.
On the course.
Your teammates huddled around you.
Parents, family and friends on their feet, lining the fairway.
Anticipation begins to rise.
First, you hear your name called.
Then, into the box you go.
The whoosh of the shaft through the air.
Right down the middle.”
Dreams do come true.
Says so it right there on the blueprint.