I use to dream. It took so many years to see my dreams as realities, and I don't have the time for dreams anymore.
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a football player, I dreamed of becoming a lawyer and an architect. I chased those dreams. I played football until high school. I studied law in undergrad and participated in mock cases in courtrooms, I also took architectural design before switching to psychology. I guess I fulfilled my dreams.
Those dreams are no more.
I don't have time to dream any more.
My next reality isn't a dream. That top floor, corner office, Italian furniture, loft style, and big enough for a meeting room. That walk-in company Logo on the wall, being the first thing you see, yeah, that's not a dream. That's a vision!
What's the difference?
Dreams don't always come true. Rosa Parks fought so we could sit, Kaepernick can't sit. They told him to kneel. You kneel before power. You kneel before God. Pray Kaepernick, pray, while you're kneeling, or you're kneeling to their power. Whats the difference? Martin had a dream that one day his kids would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. 40 years has gone by in my life, that dream hasn't come true. We haven't overcame racism nor injustice. It was all a dream. Now Dr. King's vision, has impacted us and taught us that through our actions, we stand a living chance to one day overcome.
"Vision without action is merely a dream!"
God said "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions."
Old men dream. I'm guessing because most when they get old, don't have the drive, the desire, the strength to act upon their visions anymore. So they only dream these things. Their stories of their dreams creates the passion of our youth so they can have visions.
Those sensations and desires of the heart, those wants you can almost feel. You dream about those things and you act on them. But visions take action or its a dream just to pass time. I never dreamed of having basketball teams, coaching girls, branding or anything that I'm doing now. Those things once I dove in came with a vision. Those were prophecies from my Mother while playing in Orlando after a preseason game. She told me, "you need to start your own team. It came to me in a dream and I saw it..." I had no clue what she was talking about. I thought she meant an NBA team. Lol
Her dreams brought forth my visions.
Years after playing and finally retiring, I was in a transition of careers and had no clue what I was going to do. So I moved from Miami to LA for a couple years and tried acting. Booked a role as a high school basketball star on Veronica Mars and the day before shooting, my Grandmother was leaving us. I hurried home to see her before she passed away. The show was upset with me because they had to re-cast the role, but I was losing a piece of my heart.
When I returned home, after her passing, I felt bad because I was away for so long away from my family. Again I was stuck not knowing what to do. I bumped into a childhood friend one day, and he asked me to train his daughter. She was playing Club Basketball. I wasn't doing anything and she had two other friends that wanted to be trained. So I did it and it gave me a feeling I've always felt when I played. It was my passion. It was back. It left after playing with And1 and I was over it. But working with these little girls brought it back.
I started popping up playing in Summer leagues and started training more. Then one day, my Moms popped that question again, "when are you going to start your own team?" I heard her, but I didn't know what she was talking about. Now my same friend had a son that wanted to play Basketball. So I started training boys. We had a gym full of boys one day and none were good enough to play on any of the teams out here and he said, "why don't you start your own team." 💣💥💥 BOOM!!!
THERE IT WAS!
Momma's dreams! They became my vision. I told him I don't have a clue about this stuff, he said his daughter has now been playing for 6 years, he knows how it works. We started the team that very next week. I had ideas, I knew how I wanted to do it. I knew how I wanted to teach, and the vision of my organization became clear.
"Vision with action can change the world!"
One step at a time...
Its not about the sprint, but the marathon. Temptation to compete with other organizations and try to out do them in this space wasn't my biggest challenge. Because I was willing to develop and accept anybody to play. Kids have left, teams broke up and it just made me better. I come from the bottom, so only option I have is to go a level up. One step at a time.
As a kid I didn't see this, I didn't have this dream. All we were taught was to dream and dream big. But not having the right guidance will make you a dream chaser. In this world we have to take action. You have to hold the vision, take action and trust the process! Dreams are not realities. Your actions can turn dreams in to visions and your visions will become your realities. Telling a kid to fly like and eagle, is a dream. Its basically telling them to just jump and see if you can fly. A vision will have that same kid to create wings that will help you fly. That process is taking action to fulfill that vision.
You will never have wings and fly!
PSALM 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
I plan the future with my wisdom and imagination! I have ideas, I am creative, I have the knowledge to achieve long term goals, I can focus, I can inspire, I have the strength of will and I have the PASSION. I am a visionary leader, I have a vision!
My organization has grown, my vision is getting bigger, my desire, passion and all my plans are performing like an orchestra. My vision isn't to be grand, but to fulfill a void of giving with love and passion and not for ones own personal return. Just the real deal, give all I got, share my experiences and make others better. That's my vision. BUT the fun part is the way I will do it! 😉
I don't dream anymore.
-The Visionary Lonnie Harrell
Team Prime & Marissa Coleman over the years 2013-
Anniversary December 6th