There's a little dreamer inside all of us; more in some people. Some people believe dreams are little more than wishful thinking. Dreams, however, are more functional and therapeutic than we imagine. Even the person most resistant to dreaming can benefit from a little creative thinking or dreaming.
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from. | Seth Godin
Reality is the result of our choices. We weren't forced to accept the offer or pursue the promotion. If we look back, we can see the path our decisions cut. We simply walked the path. So, if you don't like your reality, start making decisions that cut a new path. Your future might not change immediately, but you will eventually recognize the benefits of walking a new path.
In his book, Creative Thinkering, Michael Michalko says, "Our stereotyped notions block clear vision and crowd out imagination." In other words, the biggest obstacle to our ability to dream is our limited perception of ourselves. We can only see ourselves in our present roles. What would happen if we started dreaming?
Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, said, "True vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in you." When you consider your future, do you get excited? Is the path you are on leading toward a version of you that you like? Too many people are on a path that leads to continued futility and obscurity. When we feel discouraged, we must continue looking forward with our eyes on the horizon. Today's challenges are the platforms from which dreams become reality.
If reality is wearing you out, give dreaming a try. You might discover a world of opportunity that you never imagined! Think about it.
What is your dream for the future?
Terry Hadaway is an author, educator, and creative thinker. You can read his blog at www.liveyourwhy.net.