What is your dream? Take a moment and see it in your mind’s eye. What does it look like?
Movies instead of snapshots
You might see yourself sitting on a beach, standing at the altar to be married or getting an award. I had a dream of living in the country and having my own horse.
But after that moment, what next?
Too often we dream in snapshots, seeing only a static picture of what we want. Make your dream a movie. Visualize your future in depth, detail and motion. Using your imagination to its fullest will help make your vision a reality.
Passive fantasy, active dream
Fantasies are flat and demand nothing of us. Fantasies allow you to sit. Fantasies fulfill us for a moment.
A dream motivates us to pursue it. There’s an irresistible nature. Even if you want to forget, your heart keeps reminding you. If your dream doesn’t pull you toward it, then you’ve got the wrong dream.
Like a brave retriever goes after a stick in a lake, we must dive in and swim toward the dream. Quit the shore and the old ideas of shouldn’t, can’t, impossible. We must leave the solid sand under our feet and paddle out.
Depth and motion
I didn’t give enough depth to my dream. Life is always changing. Powerful dreams should incorporate change.
When I dreamed of a horse, did I imagine paying the vet bills? Did I imagine bringing buckets of hot water from the bathtub out to the pasture in 20 degree weather in a February night to soak his abscessed hoof?
Flesh it out. More than just a flat picture of a horse, imagine how the barn both fills and empties of hay. Imagine how the horse both nickers at the sight of you and needs to have his stall mucked. Imagine the warmth of his neck under your palm and the weight of his hoof on your boot.
When you think of living your dream, how will you feel? What will you wear and eat in your new reality? What sounds do you hear? Look around and imagine the details of your surroundings. Give breath to your vision and picture yourself breathing, talking and moving.
Effective visualization builds belief that you can change your life. As you become more comfortable with your dream, it starts to feel more real.
Your future is coming to meet you
We are people of possibilities. You can make choices and decide how you want your life to be. It starts with a vision of what you want. Make your idea more than a flat, still picture. Add motion and sound.
Your dream is galloping toward you. See it coming closer. Turn your dream into a movie, and then into reality!
I invite your comments!