One thing I really like about the Sport Science and Management Programme is that quite often guest speakers are invited. Last week, a lecture was given by the CEO of the Football Association of Finland, Kimmo Lipponen. Amongst other topics, we talked about the framework on which organizations build their business. This framework consists of a vision, mission, values and strategies. However interested this might be, I am not going to write about theories, concepts and facts here. Instead, I would like to pick out one topic which is relevant to every one of us: vision.
Having a vision was defined as dreaming about something, which makes a vision nothing more than a dream. In dreams, anything is possible. The sky is the limit, and even beyond that sky, there is so much more.
“If you have built castles in the air; your work need not to be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” (Henry David Thoreau)
Another thing about dreams is that everybody has them. Whether the dream is about living in a world where everyone is equal and coexists in peace, winning a gold medal at the Olympics, participating in a sports world without doping and corruption, becoming wealthy AND having love and family, having every individual in the world healthy and physically active, or even the dream of knowing everything about everything.
“Those who do not dare to dream, sleep most of the day.” (Loesje)
I think that anyone can be inspired by their dreams, however big they are. Based on these inspirations, one should set his/her goals in life. On the way to achieve these goals, reality comes along. An effort has to be made and obstacles have to be overcome. This is where pursuing your dream gets challenging. However, facing challenges does not mean having to give up on your dreams.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” (Colin Powell)
To act upon them is basically the only thing we can do to pursue our dreams. And why settle for less? One thing discussed during the lecture comes to my mind here: we should never be scared of taking risks. No significant changes are made while playing it safe. Risks could lead to the greatest success, even though when mistakes are made along the way. And are such mistakes not just opportunities to learn?
“All our dreams can come true… if we have the courage to pursue them.” (Walt Disney)
Our SpoSMaPro 2012-2014 cohort quickly became a strongly cohesive group. Every individual in this group has his/her own past and own future plans. However, in the present we are all developing and learning how to fulfill our dreams. I am happy to study with this group and I am looking forward to learn from them, to share and to experience with them, and to encourage one another to dream big!