Dreams are getting a lot of bad press these days.
Some of the pie in the sky mentality that’s out there has lost it’s luster because we hear it so much.
Yet, I believe your dreams are a crucial part of figuring out the type of work you love to do.
So if the term dream doesn’t really resonate with you feel free to call it whatever you like.
It can be a dream, a goal, a mission, a bucket list, whatever.
The point is you have something deep inside of you that you want to accomplish in your life.
However, many people don’t know what their dreams are.
Somewhere along the way the obstacles and distractions of life clouded those ideas that made their hearts sing.
If that’s you, here are some ways to begin dreaming again.
What do you want to do when you retire?
Retirement seems to be the goal for a lot of people I speak with. But think about this mentality for a minute.
Why do you want to retire? So you can stop doing the sort of work you’re doing now and do whatever you want to do with your time.
So after you retire, go on as many vacations as you want, wake up whenever you want, and watch as much TV as you want. Then what? What will you do with your time?
Listen to your answer to this question. Likely there is a dream hiding somewhere in there just waiting for you to “retire.”
Let me ask you, why not work toward your dream now rather than waiting until you retire someday?
None of us have guarantees. You don’t know if you’ll have someday.
But you do know you have now.
You don’t have to wait, you can start working on your dream now.
There is something about writing down our ideas that brings the jumbled mess in our minds into some sort of clear order.
Journaling, blogging, or even just writing on random post it notes will help you sort out all those ideas and longings that appear for just a moment.
Jot them down spontaneously and then sort through them later. You’ll start to see patterns and themes emerge.
What inspires you? A good story? Art? Music? Cooking? Welding? Athletic excellence? Spend some time engaging in or being part of something that will inspire you regularly.
When I was going to junior college my dream at the time was to transfer to UCLA.
I had a small postcard of a picture of one of the buildings at UCLA and I would prop it up on my desk when I was studying.
That little post card gave me the inspiration to keep studying so I could accomplish my dream. Find your UCLA postcard.
Get the Counsel of Others
Find someone you trust and ask them to brainstorm with you. Filter your ideas against what is expected of you.
However, be careful here. You’ll need to make sure you talk to someone who is objective.
Your spouse, significant other or family members may be very trustworthy but they’re probably not objective.
They will be involved in the outcome of your dreams so they are going to have some built in bias.
Regardless, get the counsel of others to help unlock those ideas and dreams inside you.
Your dreams and desires are a core part of who you are.
The longer we squelch them the less chance they have of ever being accomplished.
So take them out, dust them off, have a nice cup of tea with them.
Then just take one small step to move in the direction of accomplishing them.
Who knows, you just might do something extraordinary.