It is a brand new week and which ever way you want to look at it, it is a good day to be alive, especially when you have a dream to wake up to! Last week I posted on whether the fact that a business is lucrative is enough reason to venture into it, even if it is not in any way what we are passionate about.
The question now becomes, how do I know that a dream or a business is flowing from my core? That is why I am posting today questions that should enable us all define properly what dreams we should be pursuing and which ones we should not even touch. Please see the questions below and use them to define if what you pursue right now is what you should be spending your time, resources and energy on.
WHAT IS A DREAM? We all dream that we are living our dream life. But for most of us, we have never taken time to define for ourselves what a worthy dream means to us. In answering the question of what a dream is, it will be nice to move away from a dictionary definition of a dream, and be able to tell what you feel when you think about achieving your dream. What does it look like to you? What does it feel like?
WHY THIS DREAM? This is another question you ought to be able to answer to ensure that you are living the right dream. If your dream is to set up a home that cares for the aged, for instance, why that specific expression of care? Does it have anything to do with your love for aged people, or do you feel a responsibility towards them that you cannot shake off? What exactly is the reason why of all the things you could be doing, you have chosen this? Do you have skills that you can use to resource this dream just in case you have to do it all by yourself?
THE PURPOSE QUESTION: The natural flow from the ‘why this dream question’, is the purpose question. This question is simply, why do I want to do this? How does this specific thing I want to do, impact upon the reason why I am even on earth? In other words when I achieve this dream how will it impact upon destiny for me?
THE VALUE QUESTION: Next question will be how will my achieving this dream benefit my society? What value does it hold? Will my society be better off because of this dream? If yes, can you paint a vivid picture of how?
THE BELIEF QUESTION: Every dream must also take root in our belief systems, what this means is, you need to begin to ask yourself, how does living and achieving this dream sync with what I believe in? Again, using the example of setting up a facility for caring for the aged, how will what you belief in support this dream? If you have a belief system that says that old people are precious and should be cared for, when you set up the facility for them, you will somehow ensure that caring for them is the primary focus, even when you have to earn an income doing that. What this will imply is that, whenever, there is a conflict of earning versus value, you will always naturally lean towards value.
THE MINDSET QUESTION: Our final question on today’s post will be what does my mindset tell me about living this dream? Does my mind tell me that this is possible? Or does it tell me that I am not able to achieve it? This question is extremely important as it is the expectation question. No matter how well you are able to use the other questions to define your dream, until your mind agrees that you are able to achieve it, you may just be going round and round in circles.
Your dream is the reason why you are, your dream is the reason why even when you are gone in the flesh, you will still be. Living a dream is great, as long as you are living the right dream, for the right reason, as long as you have the natural capabilities or resources to run with it. Your dream has to be supported by your belief system, and should always give off value to your society in one way or the other. Finally, if your mind can handle it, then achieving it becomes a possibility like no other.
Till next week, redefining your dream may seem like going backwards, but remember, every great building must have an enduring foundation, and defining your dream appropriately is the most important step to ensuring that your foundation is a solid one.
Keep dreaming… you will make it NeverTheLess.