Dare To Dream Bigger


I once heard that a goal without a timeline is merely a dream. As a self-admitted optimist, I’ve always struggled with this idea and prefer to turn this expression around and use it as a source of inspiration. Dreams become goals the moment we assign a timeline to them. As members of fraternities and sororities, we are given the unique opportunity to help lead and influence others. Justin Jones Fosu once said, “If you can accomplish your goals on your own, you are not dreaming big enough!” I love this quote because it strikes at the heart of realizing our potential as fraternity/sorority leaders. It begs the question, how can we utilize the resources at our disposal to bring our dreams into reality?

1. Start by identifying your purpose. When assuming a leadership position, give yourself permission to think beyond the routine and nuances of your duties. If you could leave a legacy for your organization what would it be? What do you want to be proud of by the end of your undergraduate career or 10 years post graduation when you return as an alumna/us?

2. Set a date and share it. Once you’ve identified what you want to accomplish, take a step further by challenging yourself to be vulnerable with others. As author Marianne Williamson wrote, “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are powerful beyond measure!” Our fellow sorority and fraternity members are here to help us realize our potential and to assist us to become the best versions of ourselves. They can only be effective in that role when we truly embrace trust and authenticity in our relationships with them. We do this as we share our goals with others and invite them to help us be accountable in accomplishing our goals. Again, if we can accomplish goals on our own, we are not dreaming big enough. If we never enlist the support and assistance of others, how can we truly reach our potential.

3. Celebrate the small wins. When pursuing our dreams, we can easily become discouraged when we face adversity. Pursuit of a lifelong dream is a life well lived. It’s a marathon not a sprint! Celebrating your success, no matter how small, will provide you with the mental motivation you need to persist through the tough times. The small victories add up quickly, and before you know it, you will find yourself further down the track to realizing your dream.

In living your best life, be proud that you made the decision to live a life of purpose and took the risk of pursuing your dreams. You are talented and have a contribution to make. Find a way to use the privilege of being a sorority/fraternity member to realize your dreams and take those first steps to becoming the best version of you! Never forget, celebrate the small wins and make the intentional choice to pursue your dreams and passions with fierce determination!

Interfraternally!

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Chris Jefferson serves as the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Indiana State University. A native of St. Louis, MO, Chris joined the Eta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and earned both a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and master’s degree in higher education at the University of Missouri. Hemaintains professional membership with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Chris is passionate about helping students realize their potential through the fraternal experience.

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