In game 1 of the 1988 World Series, the surprising Los Angeles Dodgers met the heavily-favored Oakland Athletics with Jose Canseco, Mark McGuire, and AL MVP, Dennis Eckersley. The Dodgers were without their star slugger, Kirk Gibson, after sustaining a knee injury in the prior NLCS series. With the Athletics winning 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and a runner on first base, the pitcher was due up to bat. Instead, Gibson came hobbling out of the dugout to the roar of 50,000 fans. Gibson was unable to put much weight on his front leg, but worked the pitch count to three balls and two strikes. On the next pitch from Eckersley, Gibson swung and hit the ball deep to right field. He and everyone else watched in amazement as the ball cleared the wall and won the game for the Dodgers! As the crowd went crazy, Gibson limped around the bases, pumping his fist in the air!
Later, in an interview, Gibson said he had dreamed of that moment happening. And on the biggest stage in the world and in the most improbable way, his dream came true!
Dreams reveal what we are capable of achieving, even if in full consciousness our minds try to convince us otherwise. Never surrender to self-doubt, pursue your dreams without conscious inhibition!