Are there dreams you have given up on? I don’t mean the one you had when you were a child to be a ballerina or a super hero? I mean the ones you had as an adult. Maybe FEAR and doubt got in the way. Maybe life got in the way – taking care of everyone else so you let the dream fade.
I will admit, I have let dreams fade over the last few years. Life definitely got in the way – health issues caused me to struggle and doubt whether any of it was possible. But the dreams are slowly starting to resurface. I have faced some of my fears and am struggling through a vision casting process.
Vision casting is when you place yourself in the moment of the dream becoming a reality. You let go of all fear, doubt and negativity while you enjoy and FEEL the moment. My director did this with me many years ago – the year I promoted to Director. As she shared the story with a hundred other women on a call last week, the tears came back to me. I remembered the moment we broke through and I could actually feel what the moment would be like. It was a miracle on many counts because I actually remembered the conversation AND I was inspired to dream again.
Think about this for a minute:
You are the only person who can decide to pursue your dream. Books don’t write themselves. Businesses don’t launch themselves. You’ve got to take the first step and keep stepping.
So, let’s talk about how YOU can dust off the dream and bring it back to life…..
1. What dream is sleeping in your life you wish were still a possibility?
Have you buried your dream so deep you forget about it? Think about it for a moment. The dream which needs to be awakened could be connected to your professional life, your finances, a relationship, your health, or your personal life. What is the dream for you right now? Write it down!
2. What do you need to give yourself permission to do it?
We bury things which are important for a variety of reasons. Whatever reason made you bury the dream, it’s time to give yourself permission to dream again. It’s okay. Were you hurt and decided it was safer not to go down a certain road anymore? Did naysers convince you it wasn’t possible? Did responsibilities in life dictate it was better to let your dream die? Or did the dream seem impossible to achieve, so you gave up? Whatever your reason, use the past as a learning tool to recast your dream. Have the faith to believe nothing is impossible.
3. What do you need to say about it?
Speak life into your dream NOW! Remember “The Secret” and positive attraction? Say your dream out loud. Hear the words, I mean really hear them! Attract the positive, not the negative! Share your dream with someone else! Then observe how you talk about it. When you state all the reasons you can’t have what your heart desires, you speak negativity (death) to your dream. Each negative word is like a shovel, digging the grave and then piling dirt onto it until you can no longer see your dream. Negative words will steal your vision. Are you going to let “words” steal your dream?
4. What action will you take next?
Did you know we kill our dreams with inaction? When you don’t make any steps, even baby ones, towards the dream, you have sentenced it to death. The best way to revive your dream is to take some action. Never stop believing your dream is possible,. As long as you are taking steps towards it, it is! Don’t put a time frame on it. Just continue to step towards it and things will start to happen. Start with one small step, then another. Even baby steps, when taken consistently, will get you to the finish line.
I challenge you to dust off your old dream and give it new life. Whether you use the questions above or vision cast – let yourself dream again. My dream is to promote to Senior Director with Thirty One and be a member of the Gives Council. TWO BIG dreams which are really scary but I’m not letting go of them this time.
Share your BIG scary dream with us! Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!