"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
--- Joel Barker
Can you imagine anyone being serious about that? Dreaming is a natural part of who we are. We explore our dreams and develop personal dreams. We even like to dream BIG!
Our dreams become part of who we are. We then adopt our dreams into how we see ourselves and want our lives to be. That type of dreaming we often refer to as visualization.
We know we're not going to stop dreaming, but we can change how we visualize. For the most part our dreams and visualizations focus on the end result. We see ourselves in love, married, driving a great car, on vacation, with tons of money, in a great career, famous, etc. Sounds good to me, how about you? Why not dream about all this and more?
Dreaming about the end result is just fantasizing and wishing. Wishing relies on some magical force to make our dreams turn into reality, and we become unhappy as we're not living our dreams.
I have never felt the power of wishes coming true. I have never actual met a Genie or have a taken a ride on a magic carpet. It doesn't mean that dreams can't come true, it just means that there is no magical force waiting to deliver your dreams to you.
So how do you make your dreams come true? That is a question we all often struggle with. Even though we struggle with the answer, the answer is not that obscure. We make our dreams come true with the action we take.
Dreaming about being in shape will not get you in shape. Dreaming about being rich will not get you rich. Dreaming about being famous will not get you famous. Dreaming about the end result will not make it happen.
If you want to get in shape you have to work out. If you want to make money, you have to be in action to earn money. If you want to be famous, you have to put yourself in a position to become famous. If you want the end results, you have to do the actions required to get there.
See the movie of your life in your visions. Imagine going to a movie and arriving at the very end, how interesting would that be? In order to understand why and how it ended you need to see the sequence of events that lead up to the end. In order to make your dreams come true you need to see the sequence of events that you must take to make the end result make sense.
Change the way you dream and visualize yourself into a movie which incorporates the actions you need to take to achieve the end result.
If you dream about being in shape, then change your dream to see yourself working out and eating right day by day. See the beginning of the dream and let the dream build day by day with all the action that gets you to the end dream of you being in shape. If you want riches, then change the dream.
Dream of yourself going to school, developing a career, working hard and taking the steps to arrive at the destination. If you want love, love the process. Love the dating process and the rejections. Love yourself and the journey to find love. Make a movie, a love movie in your head and develop the scenes.
Make all your dreams include the beginning, middle and end. Make movies out of your dreams and see the journey. Then when you are doing the action instead of thinking to yourself, "This is a drag, I don't like working out," or if you are having any negative thoughts about doing the work it takes to create your visions, realize then that every step of the way you are living your dream. You are living your dream because you made the action and journey part of your dream.
You can start living your dreams today by changing the way you dream. Then everyday is a dream and you can be happy doing the action, by living your dreams.
Devlyn Steele --- Submitted by Lauren C. --- New Jersey