One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life and the ability to establish the goals to live out those dreams. This is powerful because it means we have been given the ability to not only dream but to pursue those dreams and not only to pursue them but the cognitive ability to actually lay out a plan to achieve them.
Here are some practical steps on how to dream dreams and establish goals to reach them:
1. Take time to be quiet. This is something that we don’t do enough in this busy world of ours. We rush, rush, rush, and we are constantly listening to noise all around us. The human heart was meant for times of quiet—to peer deep within. It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams. Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No other people. No cell phone. No computer. Just you, a pad of paper, a pen and your thoughts.
2. Think about what really thrills you. When you are quiet, think about those things that really get your blood flowing. What would you love to do, either for fun or for a living? What would you love to accomplish? What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed? What big thoughts move your heart into a state of excitement and joy? When you answer these questions, you will be in the “dream zone.”
3. Write down all of your dreams as you have them. Don’t think of any as too outlandish or foolish—remember, you’re dreaming. Let the thoughts fly and take careful record.
4. Prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most feasible? Which would you love to do the most? Put them in the order in which you will actually try to attain them. We are always moving toward action; we are not just dreaming.
Life is short, and someday your life will near its end and all you’ll be able to do is look backwards. You can reflect with joy or regret. Those who dream—who set goals, who act on them to live out their dreams—live lives of joy and have a sense of peace when they near the end of their lives. They have finished well, for themselves and for their families.