I just spent the past three days in Colorado participating in commencement exercises for this year’s graduates of Pueblo Community College. In my keynote address to graduates I encouraged them to take their dreams from thought to action. I advised them to not leave their dreams on the sidelines, push those dreams them down the field. I reminded them that everyone has dreams for who they want to be, where they want to be, and what they want to achieve. Yet, often times the only difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t is action. Those who achieve took their dreams from mere thought to passionate action.
Over 900 diplomas were awarded by Pueblo Community College this weekend, a powerful depiction each recipient’s plan of taking a dream from thought to action. They planned for their success, and put themselves in position to achieve. As the next chapter of their life unfolds it will be this same approach, repeated many times over, that will fuel their continued success.
Millions across our great country will walk across a stage this month and receive a high school or college diploma. A dream fulfilled, an opportunity to put a comma where many put a period. An opportunity to plan for success and not bank on happen-stance. Too many of us remember our high school and college days and reflect back on the days when our dreams had no limits. We knew what we wanted to be, what we wanted to do, and how we were going to get there. Unfortunately, life after graduating can get in the way of achieving our dreams. The competition of entering the workforce can put our dreams on hold while we help others achieve their dreams. If you’re like me, you’ve experienced times in your life when it seemed easier to put a period on your dreams instead of a comma. And like me, you too can refresh those dreams, take them from dormancy to living and breathing.
If you feel like your dreams are dead, maybe a period has been placed where a comma should have been, it’s never too late to go back and rekindle the fire that stoked those dreams. I was 30 years old when I saw my dream of playing in the NFL fulfilled. I was facing many situations that threatened to place a period on my dreams, stopping me in my tracks. I was able to fight through those situations, by putting a comma where others thought there should have been a period. That comma continues to extend and fuel my dreams today. It can do the same for you.
Analyze, Adapt, Achieve!