“If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?”
—Thomas Lovell Beddoes, 19th Century English poet and physician
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Commercial flights into space! For those of us who once envisioned ourselves as astronauts, it seems this dream has an actual price.
Many people today have an increased hunger to explore the edges of life and websites such as www.xperiencedays.com offer all sorts of flying, travel, driving, and other out-of-this-world adventures to those folks with deep pockets.
Since the super-rich are a relatively small group, the rest of us may need to use alternative currencies to realized many of our dreams. Think back to the beginnings of our space program and the currency the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts needed to pay for their seat on the rockets to realize their dreams.
What are your current dreams? What price are you willing to pay to realized them? What are some of the non-monetary methods available to all of us to secure our seats and realize these futures?
“Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”
—Carmelo Anthony, American professional basketball player
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What time do you get up in the morning on weekdays and weekends?
How often do you find yourself hitting the snooze button rather than leaping out of bed to pursue your day with intention and excitement?
Fast forward a few hours to the time you crawl under the covers. Recount your day to see if it was a good one or not.
What are the factors that have you give an “A” for your efforts and progress?
How frequently do you actually chase your dream and not just contemplate them?
How do your efforts correlate to a far more satisfying sense of engagement and fulfillment?
“Living up to a dream is rarely as important as entering it for all it has to teach.”
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What did you dream about as a child? How did your dreams evolve or change as you entered adolescence and your early adult years?
If you are a bit older, what did your dreams include in your 30s, 40s, 50s….?
Where did the dreams take you, and what did you learn along the way?
What vision, mission, and goals do you have for yourself today?
How mindful are you about picking up the lessons along each step of your path?
Motivational Speaker Les Brown and a few others authors suggest we keep shooting for the moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars.
“You are full of unshaped dreams…/ You are laden with beginnings…/ There is hope in you.”
—Lola Ridge, 20th Century Irish-American anarchist poet
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What are your dreams for 2021? To what degree are they still unshaped or in a formative state?
What projects have you already begun, and where are you tentatively waiting to take that first move?
How hopeful do you feel about your ability to influence and impact the future in your various personal and professional communities?
Where are you holding back to dream, to begin, to hope?
How can and will you courageously and passionately release your fullest potential to realize the possibilities and opportunities that await?
“What are you secretly working on today?”
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What do you dream or daydream about? What have you noticed about your wandering mind? Where does it go?
How much time do you spend shifting your focus from the matters at hand, seemingly pulled by invisible forces in new directions?
What would happen if you shifted your perspective to one in which dreaming and daydreaming were your job, and you took extra time and care to focus there more consistency?
Where might exercising your subconscious mind produce many wonderful and surprising benefits?
How might the practices of greater mindfulness and capturing these secret journeys in a notebook expand your efforts to work in new productive and meaningful ways?
Consider sharing these secret work efforts with a family member, friend, colleague, mentor or coach to gain additional social support. Of course, at this point it won’t be a secret any more.
“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
—Morpheus, portrayed by Lawrence Fishburne in The Matrix
Image of Morpheus from Wikipedia
Morpheus was the Greek god of dreams. The Greek work “morphe” translates to “form” in English. Morpheus is, according to legend, the god who shapes and forms our dreams.
Although most people dream, for some reason many of us seem to forget them, including the insights they may provide, when we wake.
One strategy to consider is to keep a notepad near your bedside to fully capture the ideas and insights you wish to act upon.
What insight, dream, or priority matters are you still “in the think” about? When will you begin taking action to walk the path to realize your dream?
“Life is a series of moments. If you miss the moments, you miss your life.”
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Someday is not a Day in the Week: 10 Hacks to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, is Sam Horn’s newest book.
Sam is one of the reasons my book, The Quotable Coach – Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom, became a reality.
In 2013, I had the opportunity to spend two full days in her home, along with a dozen other lucky – or shall I say, committed – individuals who wanted to launch special projects and not wait for “someday.”
Her many personal stories and experiences fully demonstrate, and will inspire you to seize each day as precious moments not to be missed.
Consider watching Sam’s TEDx South Lake Tahoe talk. What one dream have you been putting off for “someday” that you will act upon today?
“The greatest thing about man is the ability to transcend himself, his ancestry, and his environment, and to become what he dreams of being.”
—Tully C. Knoles, early president of the College of the Pacific
Do me a favor. Please read today’s quote four more times.
Read it slowly.
Savor each word like a fine wine or choice morsel of an extraordinary meal. Let its full meaning sink into your bones to see how it does, or could, apply to your life today and as you move forward.
Where is your past or ancestry somehow holding you back and placing limits on what is possible?
Where is your current personal or professional environment blocking your progress and thwarting your efforts?
How can you summon the wondrous and extraordinary capacities within you to transcend your current self? How might this help you realize far more of your most inspired and compelling dreams?
“A man has dreams of walking with giants. To carve his niche in the edifice of time.”
I first saw Mary Poppins in 1964. I was seven years old. It was a cold, snowy day. Mom and I took several buses into downtown Philadelphia, to stand in line for the big event.
This technicolor miracle of Disney magic had people buzzing for weeks. Beyond the special effects was a heartfelt story of exceptional characters. Today’s quote by George Banks, the family patriarch in the film, is powerful coaching for young boys and girls, as well as the older generation.
What are your dreams? What niches are you carving? What giants do you walk with? How will you leave your mark on the edifice of time?
What efforts can and will you make in the years ahead to make an even bigger impact on the edifice of time?