The important goals we accomplish - the ones we attach our hearts to - start with a dream, an idea, a longing. Have you been dreaming lately? Or have you been afraid to put the request out there, convinced that whatever you want won't happen? Take off the filters, the limitations, the reasons why you can't have, or do, or become. Grab a sheet of paper and start writing your dream list. It's blue sky time.
In case you are so tied to the ground that you haven't allowed yourself to dream for a while, here are some thought starters for you:
- Where would you like to go?
- Who would you like to meet?
- What would you like to own?
- What hobbies would you like to pursue?
- What books would you like to read?
- What would you do for family, friends, your church, your community?
- What would you do to become more valuable to yourself?
Go for as many dreams as you can. You won't necessarily be able to stretch to your fullest right out of the gate, so give yourself some uninterrupted time and let your mind wander. Be sure to put a date on the items on your list, keep the list and review it from time to time so you can see how your priorities change - or not. See how many of them you can turn into reality once you articulate them and put your brain (and the universe) into motion. You might decide to commit to some of them, convert them to specific goals and start to take action. Or, once you have your antennae tuned, you might simply keep your eyes open for opportunities that align with them.
Just yesterday I had the chance to sing with a professional jazz combo - an item that's been on my dream list since 1990. What a thrill it was! It reinforced to me just how important dreaming can be.