Walt Disney is credited with saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. WOW, did he have a dream or what? I wonder what he would have to say now to see the empire that was birthed from his initial vision of a mouse. Did you know that Mickey Mouse was NOT the actual start of it all?
Walt and his team created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and when Walt’s contract came up for review in 1928, he THOUGHT he was riding strong because of the amazing success of Oswald. But that’s when the studio executives pulled a fast one, fired his entire design team AND retained the rights to the rabbit. He and one loyal animator stayed behind and hit the drawing pads and created what we now know as Mickey (and we have Walt’s wife to thank for the name otherwise it would be Mortimer!). A Hollywood walk of fame star and 130 movies later, Mickey is leading an empire that started with a short black and white film in 1928 called, Steamboat Willie. You can read the entire story HERE.
Our best laid plans are often re-structured for us due to life events and circumstances. Our ability or inability to adapt to those changes will dictate our success rate. Walt was a master at adaptation and that is why he was successful. He didn’t see obstacles he only saw options.
What is your dream? Can you see it? Have you named it? Do you have the steps laid out that are going to take you there? Start moving – one step at a time so you don’t trip over your own feet. Gradually, slowly, and steadily, move forward towards your dream and during the process of forward momentum, I want you to also watch for the changes that take place.
A few weeks ago, I was watching a sunset over the water. I wanted to walk to the edge of the water to watch it but I was running a tad late. I started to walk towards the sunset and I kept marveling at the minute-by-minute changes that I was witnessing during my short journey to the shoreline. When I got there, it was nothing like I was expecting. I was expecting to sit and watch it from start to finish but instead, I got more. I got to witness the PROCESS.
I want you to dream it and I want you to know that the process will likely change how you get there, with whom you get there, and how the finished product looks. But that’s not the point – the point is DO IT and keep the forward momentum.