I find it interesting how quickly we tend to cast our own dreams for success on others. I've never wanted the picket fence lifestyle. I've wanted to adopt since I was about seven years old. And I don't particularly care about being on TV. Yet well-meaning people always tend to wish me the best of luck on the very things I don't want.
When we assume that everyone has the same dreams we do, it's easy to fall into a mindset of scarcity. If she gets on TV, there's one less press opportunity for me. If he lands that gig, I won't get one nearly as amazing. The truth is that opportunities are everywhere, but when we view everyone through the lens of our own dreams we lose sight of the abundance the world provides. On the flip side, when we celebrate our different goals and dreams, it's a lot easier to be happy -- genuinely happy -- for each other's success.
Originally published July 2011