Not surprisingly, as we enter 2020, a large amount of my focus has been around goals and dreams over the past week.
Most people will state they have goals of losing weight or becoming healthier. But when is the last time someone shared their dream with you? Many people are afraid to speak their dreams out loud while others have never developed the ability to dream. Many become discouraged from dreaming due to past disappointments, lacking confidence to dream and getting into the habit of settling for average. Many do not share their dreams due to feeling they will be judged.
Dreams look different for each of us. The significance of any dream is that it propels you forward. Dreams give us energy and make us enthusiastic. Dreams propel us forward.
The world is full of dream crushers and idea killers. I’ve worked with many clients who never pursued their dreams because another person stated it could never happen for one reason or the other.
A large percentage of us are not dreaming due to our dreams being put down or past disappointments.
We find ourselves on auto pilot because it takes little effort and thought, it is easy. We get up each day and repeat what has been done the day before. We find we are existing in the world but not living.
Dreams require work and thought. What needs to be addressed is that a dream never just happens. Every dream (large or small) takes thought and effort. Even the dream of winning the lottery must include the effort of purchasing a ticket. (Raise your hand if you have discussed what you would do if you won, yet never play). We will fail at times but must remember failure means we are living.
Research shows that only 8 % of individuals who establish New Year’s Resolutions meet them. This makes me question how many of us truly achieve our dreams or like the goal of eating healthier do we give up because of a bad day.
As we enter the first full week of 2020, I ask that you explore if you are allowing yourself to have dreams or have you become complacent and have stopped dreaming.
Dare to dream this year.
If you are afraid, start small. Tell me what steps are you willing to take today, tomorrow, this week and year to reach them?