Your original dream is not lost – you are just hiding from it


If you feel frustrated, disgruntled, overly emotional, sarcastic, or complacent, or even if you are downplaying what you really want out of your career, know that your original dream didn’t go anywhere, just like the pigeon who makes his way into plenty of Mo Willems’ other books. Your original passion lies inside of you. Your original ideas are valid. Your talents are not being used right now. Your current professional situation is just a shiny object that you are letting yourself be distracted by.

I also want you to notice how you react when someone tells you about their dreams. What’s your pattern? Do you encourage, discourage, poke fun of, or ignore dreamers? What about those who are making it work for themselves?

When I think about what I want this article to inspire, it’s this: Right now, as adults with kids, we are putting our dreams on the back burner. We do it for many reasons, whether it’s due to the influence of “haters” or of naysayers who’ve chiseled away at our confidence. What I’m working toward in my business and in my home is encouraging the idea that my son can love arts and crafts today and never let go of his raw, real ambitions when he grows up.

My mission as a mom and coach is to make it possible for adults to place their ambitions on the front burner.

I believe my ambition and my child’s can live side-by-side. After all, imagine a world where a child can start his life loving whatever he wants, then grows up to have built a legacy around that true ambition. We can make this a reality!

Next Stop: Use your bedtime to revisit your dreams


1. What does your child enjoy doing most today?

2. In what ways can you help him or her to explore this interest this month? Hint: check local calendars to see if there are any free events related to this interest.

Share your answers in the comments below.

I want to help you fulfill your dream and will review all comments to offer up ideas to kick-start your individual journey.

Next Step: Use Your Bedtime to Revisit Your Dreams

Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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