Earlier in my career, I made New Year's resolutions and focused on setting and accomplishing goals throughout the year. That all changed six years ago when I read “The Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly. It changed the way I think. More importantly, I began to see my dreams come true. Here are a few of the many dreams I’ve seen come true since that time:
Why do Dreams Work?
Goals are important. They help us to set specific, measurable objectives within a given timeframe. They engage the rational, cognitive parts of our brain. But, by themselves, goals don’t trigger a lot of emotional energy. They’re simply cerebral.
Dreams, on the other hand, tap into the emotional brain. They focus on the big picture, potential and possibilities. Pursuing dreams, instead of focusing on goals, “creates passion, energy, enthusiasm and vitality” (Matthew Kelly). Goals have a ceiling but dreams allow us to open ourselves to possibilities we weren’t even aware of. They help us to tap into the deepest desires of our hearts and uncover our purpose.
As you are looking to the year ahead, consider asking yourself this: If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I dream of achieving in 2016? Write down your answer. Come back to it throughout the year and dream - visualizing your ideal outcome as already realized. Dial up all the sights, sounds, smells and feelings that will be associated with your dream becoming real.
This is a freer, more energized way of looking at your future. Pay attention to the events that happen and indicate things are coming into alignment for you. Unexpected resources, relationships and conversations will emerge and unforeseen possibilities will open up. In three to five years, you’ll be looking back at a lovely legacy of fulfilled dreams.
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