Take time to dream; it’s what the future is made. I wonder what would happen if you could intentionally make and take the time to simply think about what could be and how that would make your heart sing with joy? When you stay close to what brings you joy, not only do you feel better, but your performance improves. So how do you this?
The first critical step is to set aside time and remove yourself from the daily grind. In doing so, you get closer to who you truly are, what makes you tick and where you find joy. Some of us may do this through leadership courses or positions. Others may sign up for workshops or may be self-drivers and seek this through online webinars, books or with peer groups. For me this ‘Who Am I?” or “Who Are We?” is THE starting point in working with individuals and organizations be it with youth (Girl Scouts), my graduate courses (Courageous & Authentic Leadership), or working with clients (missing vision & values). This soft look into the mirror of truth to discover and begin to understand our current state is the first step.
Next, comes the chance to step out of your first person experience and look around at the world. How do others see you? How and where do you fit in the world? When you do this, have fresh, open eyes and ears to begin to find new opportunities that exist around you. Having open eyes, ears, and even your heart are critical pieces for the wealth of experience of dreaming and being open to what is possible for your future.
Over the last few weeks, I reviewed my life’s goals and realized that they are more than four years old. GASP! While I am pleased to see that I have accomplished many of my short term goals, I also noticed that many of my long-term (five and ten years) goals have shifted. Although this change is a good thing, the lack of clarity on where we head explains the tension I have been feeling in my work and personal life.
My biggest ah-ha was when I realized that I have not set aside any time since the spring of 2015 to dream about what could be. Argh! I’ve been so busy and focused on daily activities that I have missed lifting my head up to look at and dream about the horizon. I need to set aside time to remove myself from the day to day grind and schedule a family vacation as well as time for myself. Taking time to dream and developing a vision as well as refreshing my goals needs to be a top priority. I love the saying, “when you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there!”
Life gets busy, and without placeholders, we can miss the opportunity to dream and think beyond our day to day life. Stepping out of doing and stepping into being and dreaming is such important work for each of us. Dreaming is also important for our loved ones. My husband asks our children to name their goals both at the beginning of the school year as well as at the start of summer. Having intention helps not only our kids but us as parents to know how we can best support their goals. Living with purpose is very helpful when we have competing priorities or what seems like difficult decisions to make.
Our dreams and the goals that come as a result of those ideas help guide us and keep us on track. A future that fulfills us will bring us the joy that our Creator hopes for each of us! So take the time to dream, it is what the future is made of.
If you see the inspiration for stepping out of doing and stepping into being, follow the link below to my book Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary and never be the same!