Bob Denny: Realize that dream

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

A good idea, or a dream, can just fade away and disappear, if it isn’t acted upon. You may make it happen by yourself, but it amazes me what other people can do to help make it happen.

I believe it all starts with a dream or a good idea. I find that sharing the dream has great power in making it come about. I think everybody has something valuable they can contribute.

Have you got a dream you want to realize? I love the music from the 1950s, 1960s and the 1970s. A month ago I had an idea: Aren’t there others that would enjoy that music? Wouldn’t others like a “sock hop” dance, like the ones I remember when I was a teenager?

I decided to share the dream with my church friends at Trenton United Methodist Church. Here’s what I found about how my dream became real, and how we made it happen, in just a month.

It started with the dream. It helps to scribble out a brief plan, or a list of what needs to happen to make it real.

Tell people about your idea. Make everyone who might be interested aware of the idea, and announce a brief meeting. You’ll be surprised at the response, from people who share an interest, are motivated or “game,” are typically active, or who would like to share the dream, get in on the ground floor, and want it to happen. Make sure they are available at a time you’d like to schedule the meeting.

Plan to keep the meeting brief; maybe half an hour. Share the “skeleton,” or the bare bones idea. Mention the possible needs or snags. Encourage all ideas, and try to include all ideas that may help. Always be sure to recognize and give credit for the ideas. Make it your goal that everyone enjoys the process, as well as the event.

Do your homework. Phone calls, emails, and social media on your computer are helpful. Be thorough. Follow up on ideas and actions required by the plan. Always have a “plan B” in case something doesn’t work. Be available to help with any of the plan’s needs.

Throughout the whole process, include everyone. Help everyone to have fun with it, and to get those feelings of enjoyment, accomplishment, and fulfillment.

Our “sock hop” was a success: All seemed to have a lot of fun, and I believe we were all a little proud of the results. I’ve heard that there’s interest in having another dance.

Got an idea? A dream? You can make it happen. If you can involve others, share the process, the fun, and the feelings of accomplishment.

Bob Denny teaches psychology at Florida Gateway College, and has been a licensed mental health counselor in Florida. Share your ideas and comments at

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