I couldn’t be more excited to start the year with this phase of the My Life Journey Worksheet. Today, you get to dream. Page 6 of the worksheet asks you to list everything you want to be, have, and share, this includes the people, feelings, and places you want to be part of your life.
Don’t fret over what you think is possible or how what you dream can become a reality. Let the thoughts and ideas pour out. Right them down without question and put a date on when you want to realize it by.
So much is possible when you put your energy to it, but you have to really want it and want it for the right reasons to make it a reality. Here a few guidelines that you may find helpful.
First off, I am not going to recommend that you be grounded in this exercise as dreaming is what allows us to take flight. That said, you still need to be able to apply it in your life, so dig deep to understand why you dream of something – know what is at the core that you yearn for.
For instance . . .
Perhaps one of your dreams is to fly like Superman. I can think of a few good reasons why someone might say this is their dream.
a. Perhaps it’s because you want to rise above everything and have a sense of freedom to explore. In this case, the answer to why you dream of flying like Superman should in fact be the answer to what dream you want to do or feel. Saying I want to fly like Superman is a metaphor to describe the action or feeling, but doesn’t truly answer the question.
b. On the other hand, maybe you want to fly like Superman, because you physically want to fly through the air with fluid movement. In this case, the dream may be to invent a body suit that has this capability. Yes, you may think I am out there in my example, but how many inventions do we have in this world today that 10 years ago we could have never thought possible? They are only possible because someone dared to dream. 🙂
c. Lastly, you might say I dream of flying like Superman, because you too want to be a hero who swoops in to save the day. In this case, the dream could be best described by wanting to be of service to others who are less fortunate or down on their luck.
Once you have all your dreams written down. Read through them, feel your thoughts for each one, and once again circle those that you find desirable and underline those you find to be undesirable.
My word, did I just say underline the ones that are undesirable? Yes . . . yes . . . I did. How is that possible? Even if you want a dream for the wrong reasons, it is still a dream you have until your mindset has changed and you no longer wish to dream it into reality.
For instance, perhaps you dream of a million dollar home with a five-car garage housing the most expensive autos you can find. Or maybe you dream of being the President of a large company. But in reality, you only dream of those things, because you think it will open the door to something else, the thing(s) that you really want. It could be that what you dream about isn’t representative of who you really are; it is merely a means to get to something you don’t know how to get otherwise. It’s like thinking, “If I could just win the lottery, I could have everything I want and be happy.” Understanding where you are today is important to setting your course. We’ll come back to address undesirables in later phases. 🙂
Ultimately, the goal is to be self-aware and avoid the temptation to dream of something that is purely driven to boost the ego. Dream out of love, respect, and appreciation for yourself and those who you share your life with.
Your dreams may be simple. They may be elaborate. But they are your dreams nonetheless. Own them with pride then set sail to live them.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~
*** This post is just one in a series of many covering the aspects of the My Life Journey Program. To learn more about the program, click here. ***
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes