I think most of us can agree that the number 13 has often been associated with superstitious beliefs and bad luck. The illogical fear around the number 13 has been connected to historical events such as “The Last Supper” where Judas, the betrayer of Christ, the 13th apostle to sit at the table, has invoked a superstition that having 13 guests at a dinner party is unlucky. This ominous number has become synonymous with other superstitions as well - a black cat crossing your path, walking under ladders, Friday the 13th, believing bad things come in threes, a broken mirror brings you 7 years of back luck and the list goes on and on.
There is actually a phobia called triskaidekaphobia in which people suffer from having an extreme fear of the number 13.
This phobic phenomenon is so significant the business world has adopted its trepidation into their business planning and marketing strategies. Numerous companies and manufacturers avoid using the number, for example, as many as 80% of hotels and tall buildings skip the 13th-floor button altogether and a large number of hospitals do not use the number 13 when labeling their rooms.
It isn't surprising businesses take this inauspicious perception seriously. There are statistics showing financial losses in excess of $800 million annually to consumers unwilling to plan weddings or vacations if the date falls on the number 13 in the calendar time frame.
For myself personally, I will admit, the 13th was always a little daunting. I typically avoided doing anything that day, especially if it falls on a Friday, so as not to bring bad luck my way. Those thought patterns seem a bit excessive to me now, but back in the day of my youth, I took it pretty seriously. I honestly have no other explanation for my behavior other than I bought into societal superstitions.
It wasn’t until I had my son that all that changed for me. My son was born on the 13th and since then I began viewing the number 13 as my lucky number. I purchased my first house on the 13th which, coincidentally was #13 on the street. I made the decision to leave my first marriage on the 13th. I then sold that house on a 13th, and purchased my next home a year later on, yes, a Friday 13th. Was this all coincidental or was it manifested by my subconscious? Who knows, but for me, I was happy with the results however they came into my life.
Today is January 13, 2020, and this was the first time I saw the dreaded number 13 associated with its very own day on the calendar as “Make Your Dreams Come True Day!”
Talk about a complete contradiction. Have we evolved from a place of dark illogical superstitions to a position of philosophical values? I believe we may have.
I believe 2020 is a time for new beginnings to imagine a world that could be kinder, more tolerant and less negative towards things that we don’t understand. I believe 2020 is the time for people to DREAM BIG!
When was the last time you felt fearless and powerful in your right to “dream”? It’s been a long time for me and when I saw January 13th is “Make Your Dreams Come True Day”, I thought…”YES”!
So, exactly how long has it been for you to unabashedly dream about the life you want? Your dream job? The lifestyle you want? The places you want to travel to? The people you want to share that life with?
It doesn’t matter if your dreams are outrageously daring or quietly unobtrusive. As long as they are “your” dreams and you do everything in your power to go after them. Each of us has the opportunity to pursue our dreams and strive toward the life we deserve.
But, dreams are not wishes. They don't happen because you want them to. In the words of the great John Maxwell...
In recent times, we can now see glimpses into the light, rather than the dark. Dreams are an incredibly powerful tool when guided with great care. There are awe-inspiring dreamers in our midst. Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Joyce Meyers, Gary Vaynerchuck, Brendon Burchard, and Greta Thunberg just to name a few. Their tenaciousness to not give up, and their passion to give back have made a difference for not only themselves but for so many others and more to come in future generations.
These and so many other incredible dreamers in the world didn’t get there by “just” having a dream. They are faithful and committed to doing the hard work and persistence to achieve their dreams and life purpose. They don’t allow the naysayers in their lives to quash their hopes but stand firm in their own power to make a difference in this world and have found their tribes who support their quest.
When “you” pursue your dreams, you too will attract people who have the same interests and values and may reveal bigger and bolder dreams to come.
So, I guess what I want to know is this... Do you believe the once ominous number 13 has evolved from "bad luck" to BIG DREAMS? If so, what steps are you going to take to make sure your dreams become your reality?
I've come up with a list of 13 positive messages that I hang in my office and say "out loud" at the start of every day to keep me on track with the pursuit of my own dreams. I invite you to say them, use them, share them and add to them with some of your own.
Download the DREAM ACHIEVEMENT AFFIRMATIONS PDF by clicking on the link.
It's time to make your dreams come true!