Even though hard work is often touted as the key to success, being a dreamer is the real first step to creating the life and work you want.
“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” ~ Carl Sandburg
How can you know what you desire, how you want to feel, or what you want to work hard to create, if you don’t let your imagination run free first?
The answer is, you can’t.
And if you don’t let yourself dream big things, you’ll probably only see a very limited set of options — safe options that may be fear based and may not serve you at all.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
You really do have to dream it before you can do it.
So in order to use your energy wisely, to set your best intentions and wisest goals, and to create the most optimal situation for you to follow through and create workable action plans, it’s important to take the time to dream first.
Benefits Of Being A Dreamer:
1. You can use your imagination and creativity to create a wide array of options, ideas, plans, and routes to success
2. Your negative inner critic is less likely to interfere and hijack your process if you’re just “dreaming” up stuff
3. You’re more likely to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions to potential setbacks
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney
The Dreamers Tool Kit
The best tools for the Dreamer aspect of creating a successful life and work are:
1. Brainstorming: Let yourself come up with every option you can think of, no wrong answers here! (Using large newsprint can bring out your biggest ideas)
2. Mindmapping: This tool combines words with a more visual format
3. Vision Boards: Using images and words to create a collage of your goals can stimulate your imagination and motivation. Use poster board and hang the collage where you can be inspired by it daily.
4. Art Journaling: Keep track of your evolving ideas in words and pictures collected in a notebook or book of art paper. Or create a vision board in your journal, as in this example from my art journal for what I wanted to create for my life a couple of years ago.
“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman
How does dreaming fit into success?
Dreaming is the important first step to making things happen in your life, but don’t stop there. Move into the planning and action phases, so you really accomplish your goals. When you begin with dreaming, you begin manifesting the life and work you want from a deeply intuitive place. Grounding your ideas in concrete plans later leads you to success.
Dreaming is part of Step 1 of my Powerfully Productive Process, which leads you from dreaming to planning to action:
- Step Back and Brainstorm
- Prioritize and Sequence
- Make Everything A Project
When you begin with dreaming, you begin manifesting the life and work you want from a deeply intuitive place. Grounding your ideas in concrete plans and actions later is what leads you to success.
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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
All My Best,