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Establishing Dreams and Goals


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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 goals to live out those dreams. Think of it: We can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families; dream of better financial lives and better emotional or physical lives; certainly dream of better spiritual lives. But what makes this even more powerful is that we have also 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 and strategies (setting goals) to achieve those dreams. Powerful!

What are your dreams and goals? This isn't what you already have or what you have done, but what you want. Have you ever really sat down and thought through your life values and decided what you really want? Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, to listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you? Your dreams are there. Everyone has them. They may live right on the surface, or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you they were foolish, but they are there.

So how do we know what our dreams are? This is an interesting process and it relates primarily to the art of listening. This is not listening to others; it is listening to yourself. If we listen to others, we hear their plans and dreams (and many will try to put their plans and dreams on us). If we listen to others, we can never be fulfilled. We will only chase elusive dreams that are not rooted deep within us. No, we must listen to our own hearts.

Let's take a look at some practical steps/thoughts on hearing from our hearts what our dreams are:

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, a pen, and your thoughts.

Think about what really thrills you. When you are quiet, think about those things that really get your blood moving. 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 feel great and you will be in the "dream zone." It is only when we get to this point that we experience what our dreams are!

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.

Now, 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. Remember, we are always moving toward action, not just dreaming.

Here is the big picture: Life is too short to not pursue your dreams. Someday your life will near its end and all you will be able to do is look backward. You can reflect with joy or regret. Those who dream, who set goals and act on them to live out their dreams, are those who 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.

Remember: These are the dreams and goals that are born out of your heart and mind. These are the goals that are unique to you and come from who you were created to be and gifted to become. Your specific goals are what you want to attain because they are what will make your life joyful and bring your family's life into congruence with what you want it to be.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 1/27/2013 3:54PM

    Well Said!

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MICHELE142 1/26/2013 12:16AM

    Been trying to check in with you, and not really sure which SparkPage to catch up with you. Thought I would try this blog before I went else where.
Great Blog by the way as will as, food for thought!

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RALKINGCHICK 1/15/2012 9:17AM

    What would you try if you were guaranteed success? Why...I. Don't. Know. But I'm going to ponder!

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WANDATIME 1/7/2012 8:33AM

    Great blog, thank you so much!

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STANBUSH 1/4/2012 10:58AM

    Yep. This is the one. What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed?
I just saw that yesterday too... and here it is in front of me again.
Would it be... could it be... the power of attraction!!!!

good blog... excellent stuff.

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SNUZSUZ 1/4/2012 9:06AM

    Sandi, I absolutely love this blog! May I copy it and use it for the Glass Slipper Ministries? You can check them out at: glassslipper.info
Dreams/goals are what the Glass Slipper is all about! Helping girls in group homes and women in recovery homes, find their dreams again, and pursue them. Please let me know, I will certainly give you the credit for it if you allow me to repost it.

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STALEYK 1/4/2012 4:47AM

    Thank you for sharing! I so often get busy I neglect quiet time and yet my being so craves it!

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