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Dream: Step 1 – Reflect

Reflection (meaning: a calm, lengthy, intent consideration) should be a big part of daily living and is certainly most important in a journey towards your dream. 

The main reason why many people don’t achieve their dreams or enjoy life to the full is that they are unclear about what they want. Nothing illustrates this better than a scene from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Wandering lost in the woods, Alice encounters the Cheshire cat, grinning away while he sits on the branch of a tree: “Cheshire Puss”, Alice began rather timidly, “would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?”  “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to” said the cat.

Such an obvious question, but one that we often miss asking – Where do I want to go? In other words: What is your dream? 

In order to know this, it’s important that you reflect on the most important aspect of this entire exercise: YOU.

Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority ~ Tom Hopkins

You need to step back, as it were, and decide what’s important to you in your life. What are your values? It’s important that your dream reflects your ideals and interests and makes full use of your talents. 

Here is how you can undertake the First Step Towards Your Dream – REFLECT.

A. Find out what makes you, You.
Relax in a comfortable chair. Close your eyes. Slow your breathing. Let your muscles relax.
Ask yourself :

  • What’s important to me?
  • What do I value most in myself, my family, my relationships, my career, etc.
  • What do I most look forward to?
  • What really gets me excited?
  • What do my bookshelves, my CD/DVD collection, pictures on my wall say about me?
  • What turns me off and fills me with disgust?
  • If I had only six months to live, what would I do with my life?

Record your answers in a notebook/ journal or even a tape recorder.

B. Get in touch with your inner self.

Tonight and for the next few days, ask your intuition to work within you.  In the morning write down anything relevant that comes in to your mind, draw a picture, chart or diagram. 
C.  Spend time in nature.
Take a quiet walk in a garden, a beach, a lake…..Let nature still you and speak to you. Record your thoughts and feelings during this time. 

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. ~ Carl Jung

Keep repeating the process of being still with yourself. This will take a few weeks. Don’t rush yourself. If you want to make your dream come true, you have to stick with the process. Remember, this is your dream, your life and therefore you need to spend a lot of time with YOU.

May you be inspired – everyday!

Pic courtesy: Belief net
Exercises from various books including 365 ways to be your own Life Coach


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  2. Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues June 12, 2010

    @ Haddock – Thanks, Haddock. Hope to get the second part out later today!

  3. Haddock Haddock June 5, 2010

    Part A is good.
    Especially "if I had only 6 months….."

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