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?

Self Leadership – Taking on Personal Leadership Habits

 

Have you ever said the words “I wish I had (blanked) sooner…”

If you have, it might be a sign that you might want to adopt some new self-leadership habits.  Habits are what puts the action into your desires and can help you regret-proof your life.

Self-leadership habits help you get more of what you do want and less of what you don’t.

Setting a Leadership Habit

4 ways you know you got habits:

  1. It’s something you’ve developed over time either intentionally or unintentionally.
  2. It’s something you do often enough to get competent at it with or without conscious though.
  3. It becomes second nature, requiring little energy to start or support it.
  4. It’s comfortable and, therefore, can be a bit challenging or uninspiring to stop.

“Now, some habits give you energy and others will drain you”  

Generally, most personal leadership habits  will give you energy that you can then extend out into to your world and there are two reasons for this:

  1. Energy goes where love flows.  When you are generally excited about something because YOU want it, it is more energizing.
  2. Personal leadership habits have a legacy. This legacy extends past your own identity and gives meaning to others around you.  THAT is both inspirational and life-giving.

5 Reasons why you might want to create some new personal leadership habits:

  1.  To get better at something you desire.
  2.  To become masterful at your desired skill.
  3.  To help you to live a struggle-free life.
  4.  To help you live from your own essence and on your own terms.
  5.  To make it easier to make a difference in the world by becoming your own best self.
Want some ideas of types of personal leadership habits? here is some further reading… Self Leadership – 7 of the Most Important Skills to Master

3 common reasons why you might think personal leadership habits are not for you:

  1.  You really might not like the challenges change brings.  You might be comfortable hoping that things will stay the same.  (Reality check – It will not)
  2.  Personal Leadership is confronting to MORE than your habits.  If you engage in personal leadership habits, you are going to get some push-back from your own relationships as a natural result.  To move through this, it takes a realization that you don’t need validation from anyone to live your own best life.
  3.  You might want to just blend in with the crowd.   Until you are skillful at handling criticism, and the other skills of self leadership, the idea of being a bit “out there“, might just seem a little risky.  It takes a greater awareness of your own innate courage to undertake a path of personal leadership.

 I hope you never have to say the words, “If only I …”

Regret is a reactive emotional state and is almost unnecessary when you live a life filled with self-leadership.  Imagine no more invisibility, or fear. Imagine living a successful life that you self-define.  A life that is resourceful, creative and complete. Living a life filled with personal leadership habits can give you the resources you need to do just that.

Spend a few minutes today thinking about what you would like to be ‘better’.  Within that desire – can be your new personal leadership habits.