With the New Year looming, it’s usual to start thinking ahead to the things you might want to do. New projects, holidays, new exercise regimes and diets, or bigger changes you might want to make in your personal life or career?
Everyday in my work as a psychologist, I get to talk to people about these kind of things.
I get to encourage people to take the time to look at how these things might be achieved in a realistic way and figure out some of the potential stumbling blocks that might occur along the way. These might be due to circumstances or emotional and deep seated patterns that means we work against ourselves, hindering our own ability to get to where we want to be (we are great at sabotaging ourselves!).
Now, I’m a big, big fan of the practical. I love to-do lists, goal setting and working within the confines of our physical, tangible reality. In other words, though thinking positively is hugely, hugely important, just sitting on your bum thinking positively aint gonna cut it. After all, we can’t merely ‘think’ ourselves thin/rich/successful etc. etc….I think you get the picture!
But for a moment, I want to consider how important it is to for a moment to forget our daily reality and go inwards a little more and focus on what really lights us up? This isn’t thinking, so much as dreaming.
– What are your dreams for 2016? –
Remember when you were a child. What did you dream about? What did you want to do…really?
What kind of things did you sit and imagine or daydream about? What did you or indeed do you get excited about? Do you sit dreaming about travelling to different places? Do you dream about another career or job where everyday you get to go and do something that truly inspires you! Do you dream about being in a loving relationship or finding more time to devote to your passions?
It is SO very important to not lose sight of our dreams.
Our dreams and what we picture and imagine in minds that make us feel happy, content, excited…all positive emotions, are an insight into what is in your heart and therefore what your heart desires. Indulging our dreams keeps us in touch with what we want is also hugely important as it can give us access to an understanding of our purpose or what we feel we should be here while we live this ‘one precious life!’.
It is so easy in the throws of every day life, to get bogged down with the day-to-day grind. Getting up to go to work. Looking after those around us. Keeping our homes clean and tidy. Staying on top of the washing/e-mails/chores and life admin. Sometimes the closest we get to ‘dreaming’ is day-dreaming about having finished the cleaning after dinner and being able to find 5 minutes to have a cup of tea!
Before the New Year gets under way, I invite you to stop for just half an hour and with a notebook and pen to help you solidify/keep note of your thoughts, take a moment to free your mind and go into that place in your head, and hearts, that allow for you to dream for just a moment about the things that you desire.
What is it you dream about? Has it been a while since you indulged these thoughts?
Do you think, and fantasise about the same things regularly…for example leaving your job and starting your own business? Or maybe you think about moving to the coast or packing up and travelling?
What fills your heart with joy and gets you feeling excited?
What would your life look like if you indulged this feeling and even dare I say it, pursued some or all of these things now!
Then consider, what is stopping you?…what are you afraid of?…what are your blocks?
Not all dreams are destined to become reality.
Some dreams are designed to be just that; dreams….I mean I dream about flying but let’s face it, that’s not going to happen any time soon! But my dream about living near the sea is one I’m going to take more seriously over the next year or so, therefore I’m going to focus on figuring out how I could make that happen.
Dreaming goes you access to your hearts desire and purpose.
With the right focus and planning we can then work on bringing some of those dreams into reality….how exciting!
So as the New Year approached and you think about changes that you might want to make, I encourage you to dream. Take note f what you dream about and the recurring themes you see. Maybe then you can also look to make some of your dreams a reality…what could be more fun than that.
Til next week!
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