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Tap into your potential by letting yourself dream
Let yourself dream

Date published: 12/13/2009

KIDS have big dreams. When we are young, our aspirations, or dreams, seem to flow easily from a vivid imagination.

As time goes by and years pass, sometimes that ability to dream gets lost, damaged or buried. If you identify with this, then my hope is with some encouragement you may be inspired to dream again.

When I was young, my best friend was going to be a brain surgeon, and I was going to be married to a movie star. I've always been a big dreamer and, even though I did not marry Donny Osmond, many other dreams have come true.

Nearly 10 years ago, when I started Riverside Counseling, I sat in my first rented office--a space no bigger than a walk-in closet--and wrote a business plan. Before I could even afford a computer, I wrote out on a pad of paper, under a section titled "goals," "I will own my own office building."

After renting several different spaces, I spent several more years dragging my real estate agent to countless commercial properties I could not afford to buy. Finally, about this time last year, the clouds parted and a foreclosure came available right across the parking lot from my rented office in Chatham Square Office Park.

A grossly neglected building with sagging ceiling tiles, holes in the walls and filthy carpets was my dream come true! After much effort in the purchase and even more in the renovation effort, Riverside Counseling now has a new home with eight beautiful offices and an awesome group of professionals to fill them.

So, I believe in dreams. But as a therapist, I've noticed many people resist dreaming. Why?


The fear of disappointment seems to be a big deterrent to dreaming. Is disappointment really something to be avoided at all costs?

I would argue that we have all felt disappointed before and survived. Why don't we just decide that if we dream and fail, we might be disappointed, but we will deal with it just as we have before?

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Dr. Delise Dickard a licensed professional counselor, is the director of Riverside Counseling in Fredericksburg.