Posts Tagged ‘dream’

What is Your Dream?

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Dreams are elusive.  If we don’t write them down, take action steps toward achieving them, and stay focused, dreams quickly become faded memories of what might have been.  In the overstimulated world that we live in, the next shiny thing catches our attention before we’ve even fully comprehended the wonderful dreamy thought we just had.  And just like that it’s gone–often forever.  With so many distractions to keep us occupied 24 hours a day, who has time to dream?  Maybe we just need a big enough WHY.  Here are a few reasons why it’s important to dream:

1.  Dreams provide energy.  Sometimes the routine we settle into begins to take the life out of us.  Without dreams to strive for, many of us become drones, bored and empty.  Carving out some time to be alone to think and dream often recharges our batteries.

2.  Dreams provide meaning.  Life is much more fulfilling when we are working toward a dream.  The dream can be as public Martin Luther King’s vision of equality or as personal as buying our first house.  Even the most wealthy people often find themselves with all the comforts imaginable, yet dissatisfied.  They haven’t chosen a meaningful dream to pursue next.

3.  Dreams provide hope.  There are times in life when all we have is a dream of better circumstances.  In The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner found himself homeless, with nothing but his dream of a better future for him and his son.  Chris kept the dream alive and never gave up hope as he pushed himself to success.

We all need dreams no matter what season of life we find our selves in… at rock bottom looking for hope, running the rat race needing energy, or living the good life but seeking meaning.

Take some time alone to think and dream.  What did you come up with?

Book Review Tuesday: John Maxwell's Put Your Dream to the Test

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Put Your Dream to the TestSorry.  I know it’s a blatant copy of Michael Hyatt’s Book Review Friday.  Call it borrowing best practices.  My Discipline talent/strength likes the routine and structure of assigning a day to book reviews.  This week, thanks to Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program, I got to read John Maxwell’s new book.  Put Your Dream to the Test hopes to help readers see their dreams and seize them.

What Dream?

One of the questions Maxwell asks is “What would you do if you only had five years to live?”  I found this question to be a unique alternative to the usual “What would you do if you had all the money you needed?”…I’ve been pondering…


I love reading success stories.  John Maxwell always rounds up some good ones.

He tells a great Michael Hyatt story about when Hyatt became Publisher of Nelson Books.  I love that Hyatt got away from the day to day distractions for a couple days with just a notebook and pen.  Sometimes that’s the only way to connect with our big picture vision.

Another story that Maxwell included was from the early days of Chicken Soup for the Soul.  Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen did five things per day to move themselves closer to their best-selling book dream.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed and our big dreams get pushed out of the way by the daily “emergencies”.  Keeping momentum moving forward even by performing a few small steps consistently is good advice.