First of all, I’m not talking about dreams and dreaming as you do when you sleep. Everyone dreams but some dream more than others. In any event, that is not what this post is about.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.- T.E. Lawrence
Living your dream- do you remember?
Do any of you remember when you first looked at the pictures from all your friends in your high school year book? Many of those comments from friends said the same thing….”always follow your dreams”. What happened to those dreams? Do you remember them, do you still dream?
Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to follow our dreams and focus on the one dream that is most important to us in our lives. Before we talk about that, let’s take a look at some of the more popular dreams and their respective themes. They tend to be typical for a lot of people.
Living your dream- daydream themes. Check out this link for more insight: http://goodlifezen.com/
What you daydream about is almost always indicative of what you may really be feeling. For most of us, it truly does reveal our unconscious thinking: our subconscious mind. I saved the most popular dream for last, since it will get the most attention. Below are some common dream themes with a brief description for each one:
- Spiritual- to know oneself and or to believe in a higher being
- Meaningful life- to have some purpose and be a positive contributor
- Peace of mind- to know the meditative path to calmness, clarity and contentment
- Self acceptance- the confidence with who you are and counting your blessings for what you have
- Meaningful work- getting compensated for something you enjoy doing and where you can use your skills to get ahead in life
- Happiness- finding contentment and balance in life
That is a brief summary of the most common dreams most people have during their waking day. If one of these themes has sparked your arousal, then follow that dream and you will flourish. Here’s how I would approach them if they were my dreams.
Living your dream- a quick tip
Let’s choose happiness. Who doesn’t want to be happy? You can learn new skills that teach you how to be happy and how to be content with what you have; being content is one of the major keys to happiness. Here’s why. If you are not content, then you are distracted by the next thing you want, that you don’t have. If you think you will be happy after you get something, a new car, a spouse, a new job, a 2’ bigger boat or whatever, you’re never going to find real happiness.
As soon as you get what you thought would make you happy, you are on to the next distraction; the next “if I can just get this, then I know I will be happy” distraction cycle. You need to find contentment. That is just a fact of life.
The second key to finding happiness is controlling your internal conversations. You know what I mean. The ones you carry on with yourself. Many times these are negative conversations that due nothing to spark happiness. You should read The Meditative Path. It gives you great insight into the subject of finding peace and contentment; the two keys and road to true happiness. Actually, it is one of the best books I have ever read and very easy to understand and practice. If you are interested in a copy, I think it’s only available from the Thesophical Society in Geneva Illinois-bookstore. I’ve provided a link to the Society- I do not have any affiliation with them, nor do I earn a commission of any sort. Point is: there are plenty of books on the subject of happiness…read them of that is your dream.
Now It’s time to bring out the most popular daydream of all, and it really is no surprise: It’s “Living the American Dream”.
Bring all your dreams- living the American Dream has many different meanings for different people:
1-Living the American dream-living in America where you have your freedom, work hard and you are able to get ahead in life has always been the American dream
2- Living the American Dream- for some of us it means owning your own house, but the bud on that flower has withered for now. It will come back as a popular dream again soon
3- Living the American dream for others simply means being retired and being financially independent and free of the day to day work grind
4- Living the American dream for most of us and this is the most popular dream of all: being your own boss and owning your own business; stands out as the clear winner for most of our dreams and here is some proof:
Young People Want to Be Their Own Boss and desire to follow their dreams. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation commissioned Harris Interactive ® http://www.kauffman.org/ to conduct a survey of 2,438 U.S. young people ages 8 to 21. In my generation, we dreams of being cowboys. That’s just the way it was. Today, t an early age, we dream and aspire to have our own business and it continues to bloom throughout life for most of us.
The results of this survey reveals that everyone, especially youth’s, want to be their own boss and they hope to make that real life dream a reality. Here are the stats:
- 4 in 10 young people have or would like to start their own business
- 27 percent of 8- to 21-year-olds would like to start a company.
Those who want to have their own business say their top reasons are:
- 91% to use their skills and abilities and to build something for their future
- 89 % want to be their own boss and want their dreams realized
Live the dream- a quick start plan
Do you still have a dream? Do you want to start fulfilling your dream and living it? Then start by giving your dream mental energy. The more you think about something, the more it grows, the more it grows, the more it takes on a life of its own. With enough mental energy, you too can live your dream. Remember that, because mental energy can also work in the reverse. If you have a problem and continue to give it a lot of mental energy, it also grows, maybe even out of perspective. That is why you dwell on the positives and you give appropriate time to the negatives. Just don’t dwell on them.
Remember this. If you quit dreaming you’re going to miss one of the best parts of life. The hope for a better you, the promise of a better future and a chance for you to live your dream come true. Some say even a small part of you dies when you quit dreaming.
Maybe it’s time to start living your dreams and begin to make them a reality. Go ahead…give them the mental energy they deserve, you may surprise yourself !!!
If living the American dream is a dream come true for you, then you will want to stay tuned, start the buzz and tell your friends around the water cooler there is way more coming on the subject of living the American dream for owning your own business, sustaining your dreams and flourishing in the process. You will learn that with the rights skills and tools and with the help of the internet as you friend, ally and partner, you too can live the American dream of owning your own business.
George Napoli is both an author of several books: Be Thinkful© for thinking and generating great ideas as well as the author of Drinks for Diabetics, Dieter and Designated Drivers-solutions for low carb beverages. He is also an entrepreneur having coached and trained thousands of employees and entrepreneurs in high level skill sets in Leadership, Six Sigma, Management Training and a wide range of high level- life changing skill sets like thinking, creativity and innovation and change. He is a Professional Internet Marketer and hold Masters Certificates in Human Resource Development, Strategic Organizational Leadership and a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma, all from Villanova University.
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