There’s great power in giving public voice to a dream you have by making a YouTube video. Ina Lukas, the Creative Director at Heroic! Yes Productions, taught me this a few years ago.
When you get your dream on video, you declare, “THIS IS MY DREAM. I’M CREATING IT. AND I’M PROUD OF IT. You make the leap to the other side of the screen.
What’s your dream? What do you absolutely love about your dream? What deeply inspires you about your dream? How do you keep yourself happy with your dream on a daily basis? What challenges have you had to dance with as you move towards achieving your dream?
Your dream can be a dream in process. You don’t have to have realized the pinnacle of your dream to inspire others. Just acknowledging that you have the dream and that you are taking steps towards it IS INSPIRING.
Think about it. Who are you more interested in talking to at a party, the person who says nothing’s new or the person who’s excited to talk about her dreams? When you hear her talking about her dreams, aren’t you more likely to want to talk about your dreams?
You can offer this same kind of inspiration to the world by speaking enthusiastically about a dream you have on YouTube.
(You might say, “Now Jason, everyone in the world is not going to watch my YouTube video. In fact, very few people may watch it.”)
Good point, this may be the case, but YouTube is viewed around the world thanks to the Internet. When you post the YouTube video of your dream, you simply have no idea who will end up clicking on your video and being inspired to pursue their dreams.
One of the first videos I posted on YouTube was called “Follow Your Own Lead” and it was about my dream of coaching clients while we walked together. Right after the video was posted, I remember that I would check the number of views on the video many times a day in hopes that it had suddenly gone viral. In retrospect, I think I was so fixated on checking my YouTube views because I was searching for confirmation that I was up to something good.
I found it very tempting to believe that the more YouTube hits my video received, the more powerful and worthy my dream was.
Posting videos on YouTube helped me learn this valuable lesson about dreams-
The person your dream has to be most popular with is you. The person who has to find the most joy in your dream is you. Your dream is worthy and priceless because it’s your dream and you want to create it. This is true whether ten people click on your video, or ten million.
How do you change the world? It’s as simple as inspiring yourself, then one person and the next and the next.
Game of the Day
Film a 2 – 4 minute YouTube video of you talking about one dream you have. (I recommend that you focus on one dream per video. If you find this process fun and have more dreams that you want to share on YouTube, create more videos).
Post your video on YouTube.
Be happy and applaud yourself for proclaiming your dream to the world.
See what kind of response you get and at the same time always remember that the person your dream has to be most popular with is you.
So watch your own video and delight in how good it is.
And have confidence that you will naturally inspire others.
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.