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?

7 Ways to See Yourself More Fully as a Personal Leader – part one

Personal Leadership Development is directly related to the capacity to see yourself fully with nonjudgmental awareness.

Here are the first 3 of the 7 areas were it can be beneficial to focus:

1. Your Values

Your own Personal Leadership Values are those things you assign as important.  They are those things you  say are important and you equally behave as if they are.  Those things you feel are important and you wish you honoured them more.   Or they can even be ones that you behave as if they are important  – even  if they may actually be someone else’s values. (family values)(cultural values).

Two of the things that can be looked at more closely are to 1) notice if you are honouring the values you wish to honour and  2) whether or not you are honouring them fully.  Fully honouring your values is one way to increase your level of life fulfillment.  You will also want to notice if you honour values by default, old values from your past, or others values.   Values are one of those things when misaligned that can cause in-congruence within us.   If part of your desire is to become more fulfilled, more authentic as a leader in your life, then spending time becoming more aware of your values and of how to honour them is key.

2. Your Gifts and Strengths

Your gifts and strengths are those things you do or think about with ease.  In your mind they are well rehearsed – they are a natural part of who you are.     Acknowledging and appreciating your own unique gifts can be one of those places to see yourself more fully.  Often we underplay and under acknowledge and under appreciate those things that come easier to us, and instead put tremendous energy into those things that instead we need to work harder at.

3. Your Dreams

In a busy life, one of the first things that get pushed aside is dreams.   We often get caught up in the details of living, providing, leading -that our own dreams become less important somehow.  Personal Leaders are inspiring as role models.  Modeling what it is like to pursue your dreams shares experiences of hope, of joy and of imagination with the world.

Read about 4 additional ways here