The 7 Most Common Dream Killers

There is nothing worse than a dream that died before it finally took flight. Paul, the man responsible for spreading Christianity to lands far from its origin said, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Those forces of evil have a name. They are fear, doubt, and shame. Below I created a list of the 7 most common dream killers. We have all fallen prey to at least one of them at some time in our lives.

The 7 Most Common Dream Killers

  1. Excuses
  2. Letting Others Persuade You
  3. Feeling Not Good Enough
  4. Lack of Planning
  5. Quitting Too Early
  6. Distractions
  7. Never Getting Started

Sure it’s much easier to dream than to actually do the work of going after it. No one will question your sanity. You’ll fit in. No one will question you if you don’t chase your dream. But consider this, “By not going to sea or taking to the air, they would be able to avoid the challenges of bad weather and unexpected conditions. But idle ships grow barnacles faster, and idle planes quickly begin to rust…. The bottom line is this: the greatest risk is to never take a risk, therefore dooming yourself to a life of mediocrity.”²

Each one of us was born with our own unique talents and given unique life experience. Both good and bad help define your story. It is what we do with those talents and life experiences that determine whether or not we’ve been good stewards with what we’ve been given. If you’re a fan of Star Wars like me, then you know that one of the main themes of the movies (at least the first three) were Luke Skywalker’s battle with those unseen dark powers, hate, rejection, and hurt. His struggle was to stay true to himself and not join the dark side as his Father had. He had to find forgiveness in his heart toward his father and those trying to kill him. The true dream killers were not the lightsabers. They were those unseen forces.


Like in the Star Wars movies, sometimes the ones that hurt us the most are the ones closest to us. Sometimes our own friends and family will appear to turn against us when we share our dreams with them. As Zig Ziglar asks, “Has there ever been a time in your life when you shared a dream with one or more people and they turned on you like a pack of wolves?”³ It’s not that they don’t love and care for us. That is not it at all. It’s those unseen forces. They do not have the experiences you have. And they weren’t given the dream you were given. They don’t understand and that’s okay.

What’s not okay is internalizing it. Because a lot of times the story we play in our head is, “You’re not good enough to do what you think you want to do. Who do you think you are, dreaming that kind of dream?”³ When this happens, just know that that is their story, not your story and forgive them immediately. Don’t harbor that stuff so that 20 years later you’re on anxiety medicine and talking to your psychologist about how your family just doesn’t understand you. Let it go now. The force is strong in you. Resist the dark side.

Sarah Jackson

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  1. English Standard Version of the Holy Bible Ephesians 6:12
  2. Born to Win by Zig Ziglar Pg 68 – 69
  3. Born to Win by Zig Ziglar Pg 69




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