New Year’s Day was a good day for the Michigan State Spartans football team. It was a good day because they defeated a strong Stanford team to win the Rose Bowl, 24-20. It had been 26 years since Michigan State last played in the Rose Bowl, so the victory was especially sweet for the Spartans and their legions of fans who traveled to California for the game.
Interestingly, the trip to the Rose Bowl started last summer for the Spartans. On a visit to California during the summer of 2013, Michigan State’s head coach Mark Dantonio stopped by the Rose Bowl to take a look at the magnificent stadium. While there, he had his daughter film a video of him on the field. In the video, he told his team that this (the Rose Bowl) was their goal. This was the place they were going to end their season. On New Year’s Day, that dream came true.
After the game, when Dantonio was asked about that video and his goal of getting the Spartans to the Rose Bowl, he said, “Dream big. Dream big.” What a great way for us to start 2014, with a reminder to dream big. Remember, big things start with big dreams. Big thoughts get big results. As leaders, it’s up to us to be the visionaries, and yes, even the dreamers. Mark Dantonio showed us how powerful big dreams can be. So start 2014 by making a commitment to dream big. Spend some time now thinking about your dreams. Then set goals that will help you achieve these dreams. If you dream big, anything is possible. Just ask the Spartans!
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