Have you ever taken the time to dream for your future; what you could do, where you could go, who you could become? Truth is, if you don’t take the time to dream for the future, then you will end up living in a future made up of someone else's dreams.
We have all experienced what it is like to daydream - to let our mind wander far away from the moment we are in. For the majority of the time, when we daydream, our mind will take us to places that we cannot even begin to make a reality.
In this series we want to encourage you to "daydream" with purpose. Don’t let your best dreams be wasted on your sleep. What if you were to close your eyes each night, eagerly waiting for tomorrow to come because you know that as you start tomorrow you are one step closer to seeing your dreams become a reality.
As human beings, we have this incredible ability to imagine, to create, and to dream. Everything you see on this planet once started as a dream.
I’m sure most of us have heard the words “I have a dream”, which made history when spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. But I wonder, when was the last time we told ourselves, or told anyone, that we have a dream for our lives.
Today, daydreaming feels like something that is a distraction, that takes our focus away from the task at hand, something that has no value. Of course, there are times when it is inappropriate for us to just stare out the window and daydream - during class at school being one of those times - but we do have to find the time to dream for our future.
There are three things we have to look out for that can stop us from freely dreaming of what could be;
1. Who get's the praise
2. Who get's the prominence
3. Who get's the pay-check
If we allow ourselves to think more about the needs of people, and less about these three "dream blockers”, then there is no limit to what could actually happen when we put our minds to action and dream for the future.
Our minds have this incredible ability to imagine; to construct a picture of something that does not yet exist.
"Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years." - Bill Gates
It is so easy to get caught up in today's thinking, that we leave no room to think about tomorrow and beyond. Imagine what the next ten, twenty, thirty years of your life could look like, dream about that!
1 - // have you ever day-dreamed?
2 - // what does it mean to ”imagine”?
3 - // what are you dreaming for?
We set goals so that we know where we are heading, and can then work out how we are going to get there. Goals give us an opportunity to think about how we can individually and collectively play our part in impacting society - setting goals that not only benefit ourselves, but also impact the people around us.
Every year, people all around the world set their New Year’s resolutions; to eat healthier, to exercise more, to get all homework in on time. But as we know, most of us find it difficult to keep to these resolutions.
The reason for this is that there is not a strong enough “why” behind what we are trying to do. Behind any success is 80-90% why - this is what gives us the motivation to take action. If you were to ask to wake up at 5AM tomorrow, you know how to do that, but you wouldn’t do it unless you knew why.
PUT THEM TO PAPER
Our dreams determine our goals, and our goals map out our actions. A goal can be defined as a mental representation of a desired outcome that a person is committed to. Most people never set goals because they don’t know what they want.
You would never build a house without first drawing out the plans, so why do so many of us build our life without first drawing out the plans for how we want it to look.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” - Tony Robbins
PUT THEM TO ACTION
Once you have decided on what your goals are, you need to decide what you can do right now to start working towards them. Sometimes, this may be something simple, but anything that is easy to do is also easy not to do.
"Anything can be accomplished if you break it in to enough small steps." - Henry Ford
Swimmer John Naber made the decision to go for the 1976 Olympics. He was already an elite swimmer but realised that in order to make it, he had to shave 4 seconds off his time.
Naber planned to train for 10 months a year, for the next 4 years, which meant he had to swim 0.1 seconds quicker every month for four years. He not only made it to the Olympics, but came away with a gold medal.
1 - // what is one goal that you have right now?
2 - // why do you want to accomplish this goal?
3 - // what actions do you need to take to make this happen?
The major reason we have dreams for our lives is to compel us to become the person it takes to fulfil them. The greatest value is in the skills, knowledge, discipline, and qualities you'll develop in reaching them.
Having a dream for your life will transform who you are. Have you ever considered what kind of person you need to become in order to see you dream become a reality?
We want our dreams to be significant, to cause us to reach high, to pull us towards them like a magnet, but let's be prepared to do what it takes to get there.
"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
We all have dreams we want to achieve, but where we can so easily struggle and often get stuck is figuring out what steps to take to see these dreams become a reality. It is hard for us to know where to turn and in what direction we should go when we cannot see what’s ahead of us.
What we are dreaming for might seem far from where we are and who we are right now, but our ability will grow to match our dreams. Anyone who is successful has gone through a process of change to get there - they have experienced significant personal growth.
You have so much potential within you, and allow your dream to be the very thing that brings it out of you. Commit to continual improvement, and each day you will become a little but better, and a little bit closer to your dream.
Our direction determines our destination. You cannot change destination over night, but you can change direction today and this will ultimately lead to a different and better destination.
As Nike would tell you, "just do it!" - but what is it that you need to do to set-off in a better direction, and to start to see your dream become a reality?
1 - // How can a dream change who we are?
2 - // What can you do today to get one step closer to your dream?
3 - // Do you think your dream can become a reality?