The president of Great Lakes Christian College says that when he was a kid playing Little League baseball, his coach had a picnic at the beginning of the season. After they’d pigged out on hot dogs and burgers, it was time for the pep talk. He says that the coach always asked them, "How many of you have a dream to one day play in the Major Leagues?" Almost every hand shot up. Every kid with his hand up believed he could do it. You could see it in their eyes. He then told us, "If that is to happen?that dream begins now!"
Well, Larry, some 25 years later, became a Little League Coach. He tried the same ritual: Hot dogs, Hamburgers and the big question. “How many of you have a dream to one day play in the Major Leagues?” But when he tried it, he was shocked. He said, not one hand was raised. Not one kid believed he could do it. You could see it in their eyes. It left him speechless.
He said that, at that point, anything else in his pep talk was meaningless. He just stood there and said, “Really!?? Well. . . . ok. . . . go get your gloves and let’s throw.” He says,
I thought about that day for a long time. What had happened in the 25 years since I was a kid? What had come into their lives to steal their dreams? What had convinced them they would never be more than what they were?
I’ll tell you what it was. They weren’t believing it because they probably were not seeking it. It didn’t motivate them and so they had their dreams about winning fantasy baseball or wii bowling.