Do You Have a Dream…?

This morning, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker to a group of college students at one of the local universities in our community for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.  It was indeed a privilege to honor the life and legacy of one of history’s greatest champions of freedom. No one can replace the wisdom, ideals, and principles of leadership he personified; all of which are still a part of us today.

Dr. King showed us what one person with a passion for righteous change can do to make this world a better place. This is the legacy that is his life. I’m sure we have all read books and viewed footage that chronicled the life of Dr. King. We are blessed that he left us the gift of his words. But he was not just a man of words. He was a man of ideas. He had a vision. He then gave those ideas life, put them into practice and left an indelible mark on this country and even the world.

In his sermon “Three Dimensions of a Complete Life”, Dr. King is quoted as saying:

“After one has discovered what he is made for, he should surrender all of the power in his being to the achievement of this. He should seek to do it so well that nobody could do it better.”  

This sermon is unique for three reasons:

  1. It was first sermon his then fiancée, Coretta, ever heard him preach in 1952.
  2. It was also the sermon he preached that won him his first pulpit at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.
  3. It was the same sermon he preached in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on his way to Oslo to receive the Noble Peace prize in 1964.

In the sermon, Dr. King urged excellence in work, no matter what that work may be.

“No work is insignificant” he stated. “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause and say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”

So in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King today I say – I HAVE A DREAM! No four words are more widely recognized than those that were called out on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. These four words tell us that anything is possible.  Your dream has power! My challenge for you today is a very simple one – DREAM! Be the best at whatever it is you do. One person making the choice to live out their dream will make a difference! It can offer hope in the face of doubt.  Your dream can be a catalyst for change for someone who was stuck in despair. Go after your dream today!  

QUESTION: How have the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King impacted your life? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Rachel L. Proctor

Rachel Proctor is a productivity coach for multi-passionate entrepreneurs who struggle with taking their business ideas from the starting block to across the finish line. Through her inspiring blog posts + videos, on-demand training products and one-on-one coaching, she’s here to challenge you to take purpose-driven risks and shake up your approach to goal setting. She will show you how to turn your ideas + passions into purposeful actions to create a business that will change the world - while making every step seem effortless! And when she’s not coaching, you can find her indulging in (and highlighting) the latest John Maxwell book, watching anything on Food Network or shopping for fabulous shoes. Meet Rachel and get ready to turn your passions into to a business that will change the world at