So how does one learn to dream again? In my last post, “What Happened to Dreaming?“, I shared my thoughts on what happens to our dreams and why I think it is important to find them again, possibly even to create new or bigger ones.
Here are my Top 4 Ways How to Dream Again:
Resist the urge to be realistic.
It’s not called “reality-ing” – it’s called dreaming. The beauty of a dream is that it doesn’t have to be realistic. You never know what could change between today and the final destination which could turn a simple dream into reality. Besides, part of the dream is not the destination, it’s the journey (you’ve heard that cliché before, right? But the funny thing about clichés is that most of them are pretty spot on).
Remind yourself that your past does not dictate your future.
A dream is not reliant on the past or the present, and as I said above, nor is it reliant on fact or logic. That is the best part of a dream – you are the only thing that can stop you from dreaming it.
Learn to let go.
This can be one of the hardest parts. And as a control freak myself, I can testify to that. But you don’t need to know how your dream will turn into reality right in that moment to have the dream. In fact, that need to know how can paralyze you, chalking those dreams up to silly little fantasies. But just because you don’t know right now how to accomplish that dream doesn’t mean it is impossible. 100 years ago, do you think anyone thought we’d be able to walk around with a little rectangular device that called & emailed people (100 years ago: ‘what is email?’), surfed the internet (100 years ago: ‘what is internet?’), allowed us to play games and purchase items, amongst many other incredible things it does (smartphone)?
Keep a positive outlook & have faith in your ability.
I initially had these as two separate bullet points but found the content oddly similar and opted to put it into one. If you are adamant that nothing good will ever happen to or for you, then guess what – nothing good will ever happen to or for you. You might not believe in the law of attraction, but I have done some observation and noticed that those who tend to see their dreams come to pass are those who are positive and filled with faith (not specifically religion, but faith). Those who don’t believe it seem to close the door to opportunity, and then they close the door to dreaming. Again, you don’t have to know how you will get there yet – you just have to believe it is possible, and the path to get there will become more clear as the days pass along.
There will be a time when you need to develop a plan to accomplish the dream. But for now, learn to release, dream the dream, and keep the faith that if really want it, you will find a way to make it happen. The rest will fall into place.
What is the risk in dreaming? See my previous post on tackling fear, having an anchor, and therefore, minimizing your risk (it’s all relative).
“The best reason for having dreams is that, in dreams, no reasons are necessary.” ~Ashleigh Brilliant
“The future you see is the future you get.” – Robert G Allen