7 Ways to Keep Your Dreams Alive

Keep Your Dreams AliveI hope you have a dream that fills you with passion.

I hope you never allow it to be pulled away from you.

Hold on to it, for your dream could be a wonderful path to your own fulfillment.

Your dream shows up at a certain moment and time for a reason, but it may fade away with neglect.

” The passion you feel for your dream when put in the form of an actionable goal can pull you forward toward reaching your dream.”

Don’t leave you dream up in the clouds—too much can happen up there….
It’s too easy to give up on a dream, for there are always barriers to pursuing any life dream.

6 Common Things that Can Get in the Way of Pursuing Your Dreams:

  •  Discounting your own opinion. When someone else’s opinion outweighs your own, you leave your dreams behind to avoid the feeling of being criticised or discounted.
  •  Wavering in your own beliefs. Have you stopped believing your dream is possible? Have you had failed attempts as evidence to stop believing?
  •  Feeling overwhelmed. It’s the illusion there is too much to do in this world, and not enough time in which to do it.
  •  Leaving dreams up in the clouds. Having intellectual understanding of your dream is very different than having a real-world experience of living out your dream. Living out your dream takes goal planning and action.
  •  Thinking there is time to do it later. Delaying pursuit of your dream builds resentment. Resentment creates trapped energy. There isn’t much momentum possible when one is resenting something.
  •  Feeling fear. The fear of succeeding, failing, etc. are reactive emotions based on a projection or identification with something static. Fear is a colossal dream killer.
  • Living a reactive life. If you are always reacting to what’s around you – you leave no time to focus on your dreams.   Busy-ness is is also a dream killer.

 

7 Ways to Keep Your Dreams Alive:

• Write out your dreams. Set an intention to keep your dreams forefront in your awareness. Doing a daily or weekly review of your dreams will help fill in the details of your dreams. Dreams are things that are not currently in your present or proximity: The more you experience dreams, the more detailed they become. Details will help you begin to start living elements of your dream.
• Limit your focus. Dream delay happens frequently because there are too many other things on your “yes list.” Stop doing the things you want to say no to, clear the deck of things that are just “maybes,” and instead, focus on your most effective “yes list.” It’s by narrowing your focus that you can gain the much desired momentum.
Get incremental movement. Performing daily actions toward your dream will ramp up your levels of personal fulfillment. Just by focusing on your dream, you’ll feel better for it.
• Protect your dreams as you would a child. Dreams are young, wonderful, yet fragile entities. Share them with only the most supportive of friends and family. Find ways to keep your inspiration up around your dream.  Here are some  inspiring quotes related to keeping your dream alive.
• Affirm your dream. Your dream wants to thrive in a space filled with positive energy. When you believe in your dream—and affirm it through your habits—you create openings for expanded possibilities for you, for what you focus on, you will attract.
Look for clues of your personal values. Within your dream are values worth highlighting. For example, within any dream there are personal values yearning to be expressed. Keep track of the things that are important to you about your dream. These values when lived out loud will bring you closer to your own personal fulfillment.
• Honour your needs. When we have needs that remain unmet, suffering happens. When we feel whole and complete, calm, confidence, and greater awareness are present.

The passion you feel for your dream can help you leverage your own inspiration to pull you through the perceived barriers if you allow it to, just by changing your dream into a goal.  If you haven’t found your dream yet – perhaps it’s time to try on some dream hats?

Want More Out of Life? Try a Personal Leadership Development Plan

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Have you ever asked yourself,  “Is this all there is?” or  ” Is this as good as it gets?”   

A life-limiting challenge for a family member prompted these questions to question come up recently, and I can understand why; they have settled – and they know it.  Have you too settled in some small way?

If you have on some level wondered “could there be more ?”, Then you may enjoy this post about what it means to take a look at what might be your more.   Once you name what you want ‘your more’ to be; add it to your own customized Personal Leadership Development Plan.

“Wanting more in life is to want better.   A better day, a better you, a better life, or a better world”

Here are some ideas to take a look at when I think of what it is to have more – and it is for sure not about having more meaningless “stuff”.  Having more, has a purpose.   If your more can help you better connect, become more masterful or be in better service in the world – then this is a perspective where I’ll say more is a personal leadership development mindset.

Here are 7 ideas around “MORE” for your personal leadership development plan:

Want More. When you want more – the likelihood of your being able to get more increases.  When we squash our dreams and desires with small beliefs that we shouldn’t, or can’t do something – a part of us shrivels a little.  If you have ever had a dream – and you have kept it to yourself – you know what I am talking about here.

Have you settled?  Settling for a smaller life than you imagined is just an example where the want for more may have been silenced.    If you have molded yourself to another’s ideal vision for the way you live – it just might be an opportunity to look at what you most value.

There is a basic and so fact that when we live our values, and we live them fully – our personal fulfillment level rises.

Do you want more personal fulfillment?   If so, get better at living your own values and life as you self – define success.

Just remember, wanting more is ok; it’s just about your self-expression.

Deserve More. It’s ok to expect more. You are worth it.

If you have ever thought,  “I don’t need that” or “I don’t deserve that”   What are you really saying?

I am not talking about unconscious excesses here.  I am talking about self-full, simple, meaningful desires for better,  that would improve your life.   The opportunity here is to look at what it is you most want and then find ways to receive it.

Give More. When you undertake “a path of better”, you are saying through your behaviors that you are willing to go outside your normal comfort zone of acting and are willing to give an increased effort.   The by-products of approaching your life with an “I will give more” attitude is many. Things like increases in self-confidence, increased efficiency and productivity are just a few.

Imagine how much more you would be able to carry out if you just had the ability to give more.

There is a quiet concept here.  It’s that no more would you be able to spread yourself too thin, where you are giving less to everyone.   The capacity to give more – is rooted in the idea – that you would give your time and energy to what is most meaningful for you – and then re-align the rest of your energy.

Design for More. Did you know you can increase your capacity for something – by designing the environment around you to support that increase in capacity.  By changing your environments to support your upcoming excellence,  you can create an inspirational vacuum to pull yourself forward.

This can be as simple as surrounding yourself with the people, ideas and things that are going to support you to be your very best – and just releasing the rest.  Or, it can be a process where you dive deep and design your environments, so your evolution happens with ease.

It’s up to you how you approach it – just know you can consciously create a supportive environment for yourself – no matter your current circumstance.  Once you gain the awareness of these supportive environments – they become the blueprint for your personal leadership development plan.

Experience More. We have parts of ourselves that like things to stay comfortable.  Expanding outside of that comfort zone can feel discomforting to those parts.

The choice to experience more in our lives – is a choice of keeping ourselves in momentum when we wish movement.   In that choice, it asks us to do more and feel more.

Now those things in themselves are wonderful.   The skill needed is just to learn how to expand your capacity.   Your capacity to do, and your capacity to feel, and both of those can be easily learned.

If you are ready to undertake more in your life – it might be a sign that you are ready for things to be better.

Have you thought of what you might incorporate into a personal leadership development plan  – that will assist you to get better?