Learning To Dream with Andy Foote
What did you dream of as a child?
“I will be a Truck driver.” “I’m going to be a rock star.” “I want to be an inventor.” “I’ll have my own international company!”
We still have the capability to dream big dreams but for some reason many people only dream while a part of them understands that they are just dreaming and their dreams cannot become real.
Why is thinking so essential anyway? Goals perform a big part in identifying the magnificence or creativity of an interesting life. If we perceive our ceiling to be only 8 foot high then that is all we are likely to achieve. If we dream higher. Maybe to the roof top, or tree top, or to the clouds or outer space or to the end of the ever expanding universe if we fall short we fall above another’s lower envisioned height of an 8 ft ceiling.. Does that make sense?
Where we find that our thinking is restricted to a lower ceiling height we may find we have permitted our dreams to be formed for us, either by others or by our subconscious thoughts. Do you know someone who works within a profession because their mother and father “suggested” it? Do you know someone that remains at a job they dislike just because it will pay the bills?
Try to think about your own lifestyle. How many parts of you and your life do you have to improve until you achieve your imagined height of success? In which areas of your life could you could use an increased desire and a bigger dream to achieve?
Your creativity needs to be used often or it will wither away. In the same way that you keep your heart and lungs healthier by strolling, or your muscle powerful by weight lifting, you need to exercise your desire to dream to keep it fit. But before you can really live your dreams, you need to know what gets in the way.
We all have restricting values. Some we may be conscious of. Others may lie invisible within our inner mind. Check out the following values and ask yourself if any of them seem familiar. Observe how you think about each one. If your whole body responds with stress or worry – quick heart-rate, superficial respiration, chest tightening or solar plexus, etc. – you may have found a restricting perception that has been invisible within you.
- It’s never been done before so it probably can’t be done.
- It’s self-centred, or selfish.
- It’s not religious enough.
- It’s too dangerous.
- I don’t have enough cash.
- I’m not intelligent enough.
- It will never pay the expenses.
- I don’t have enough knowledge.
- I don’t have the qualifications.
- People will think I’m insane.
- I don’t have enough time.
- Some individuals might be hurt if I do it.
- I might mess it up, or do it wrong.
- Nothing ever goes right for me.
This is just a little testing of the restricting values available for our use. There are a large number of them, and a large number of modifications. Whatever they sound like, whatever type they take, whatever particular terms they use, restricting values have but one objective and that is to keep you restricted, to stop you from dreaming big.
So how could it be possible to motivate you to let go of those restrictive values and allow yourself to think about the greatest dream that you are truly capable of? What if we could let go of all the “yeah but” responses our subconscious puts in our heads.
Could you let yourself move back in time to that uninhibited thinking capability you had as a kid and as you remember then find yourself able to imagine a dream that you would love to live. One you can start to imagine and dream then you will start to be able to replenish the thinking skills required and exercise them.
Your Future Dream Life
Take a moment and get into your dream-world to think about your life in 5-years? Let go of the rationalizations. Keep in thoughts, you’re thinking, reaching into your creativity, developing a perspective of your ideal lifestyle.
So if you want to dream yourself into an idyllic island, don’t worry about how much it will cost or where the cash will come from. If you want to dream yourself into a new profession, don’t worry about your absence to train and learning, or your age, or a recession.
If you want to dream yourself into the best relationship, don’t worry that you are currently single. You are visualizing, thinking, visioning. Let go of restrictions, worries concerns. Let go of restricting values. Have fun. Play!
Your future is important to you. By all means live in the now but planning for the future ensures that the now you are living in is the best now you imagined in your past through Dreaming and turning them dreams into reality.
If you’re trapped, some questions to ask about your Life five decades from now are: Where am I living? What is my vocation? Am I married? Do I have children? What type of car do I drive? What is my wellness like? What do I do for fun? Where do I travel? How will I live?
Incorporate feelings and emotions into your future thinking and Dreaming to bring a further sense of reality. In five-years, how do you feel when you wake up in the morning? How do you feel when you start getting ready for your perfect job, enjoying, traveling.
As you experience your dream life, you may begin to get glimpses of what this ideal lifestyle looks like. If so, let yourself move further into those glimpses. Let yourself discover the moments that are lit up in your creativity.
Another technique you can try is to think about another person’s ideal lifestyle. You can dream an ideal life for your friend, or child, or a partner. You can also try dreaming the best lifestyle for an imaginary person. Becoming the creator of life. Ensure it is a really luscious life! What would their desire lifestyle look like 5- decades from now?
Take a moment to think about this and then after some time consider that it’s likely that parts of this make believe life you made are what you would like to have in your own life.
Discussing this with others, friends, partner etc. can really get your imagination going and creating dreams effortlessly.
Take a while to imagine life of excellence in the future. Keep the interpretation out so you can add to it, modify it, allow it to develop and transform as you immerse yourself more completely into your capability to dream big. But keep your dreams wants and desires to yourself, at least for now.
As you learn to imagine dreams for your future your subconscious will help you be attracted to the knowledge, understanding, skills and resources you will need to bring your present life closer to your Dream Life.
Try it. You will be amazed at the results…. Just as I am…