As children, we daydream of ways we can contribute to the world. We might say something like; I want to be a nurse, a fireman, a prince, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a preacher, a basketball player, a superhero, a race car driver, president, or any number of fantastic possibilities. As a child there is nothing limiting our “belief factor”. During those tender years, it makes complete sense that we can be anything our minds can imagine. Then, somewhere along the way, we get the notion that we should be “realistic”. Somewhere along the way, we buy into the idea that we are not “smart enough”, or not “good enough”, or don’t live in the “right environment”, or “weren’t dealt the right cards”, or any number of limiting concepts and we eventually stop believing in our childhood dreams. In addition, we may have been convinced that daydreaming is synonymous with “laziness” or “wasting of time”. Yet there are good aspects to daydreaming.
“Cherish your visions and your dreams
as they are the children of your soul,
the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
Many of us share our dreams with others and find that we are not supported. Your loved ones may not see the dream the way you see it. Your friends may be comfortable with who you are, not who you are becoming. Frienemies often find joy in crushing your dreams. Haters are going to hate. So, we keep quiet about our dreams as to not be ridiculed or demeaned. However, the flip side of this coin is we forget to tell ourselves about our dreams. Visions that were once so vivid become lost in the fray of day-to-day activities. Sometime after I sent my last child to college, a friend helped me realize I just hadn’t spent much time really thinking and allowing my mind to dream about what I really wanted. My life had become so task oriented. Psychologists say that we spend about 47% of our time daydreaming and that generally speaking, daydreaming does not make us happy. Fascinated by this data, I started asking people how much time they spent daydreaming about what they really wanted from life. I realized that the general “mind-wandering” that psychologists speak of is far different than deliberately using daydreaming as a self-discovery and self-help tool. Using committed time to consciously sit with yourself, ask the question; what do I really want, and what makes my heart sing shifts the focus of daydreaming. I call this “inspired dreaming”.
Napoleon Hill said, “A goal is a dream with a deadline”.
Can inspired dreaming assist you in reaching your goals? You bet. Inspired dreaming is a good mental health practice, helps reveal inner desires, and creates the energy for inspired action. And of course, it takes action to bring dreams to life. In our busy lives as adults we can forget to take time out to allow our selves to search our hearts for what we really want. So allow inspired dreaming to help you tap into what your heart really desires. Remember, the idea is to consciously activate what we really want and to be inspired enough to take action.