Written by Janneke Sobeck, Director of Live Well Winona
Imagine your world filled with possibility and purpose. Earlier this year I joined a dream session cohort, hosted by Chris Dembiec of Express Employment Professionals. This was a six week session that involved a weekly group meeting to reflect on our dreams and goals, work toward our bigger purpose in life, and help hold each other accountable. Chris reminded us that we ALL have dreams; some of us just haven’t thought about them for awhile! There is nothing more motivating and personal than our own dreams. Our dreams fulfilled have a great effect on our life and the lives around us. As we achieve our goals, we inspire those around us. We are all called to the role of a dream leader, which means that as people share their dreams with us, we help encourage, connect, and support them as they work toward accomplishing something that is important to them. Wanting to help those around us is inherent in all of us.
There are so many reasons why people don’t follow their dreams. Some of the most common reasons are not knowing what our dreams are, not having time, not enough money, unsure where to start, fear of failure, or fear of success. At our first dream session, Chris challenged us to each come up with a list of 100 dreams. It took me a week to write down 40! Slowly but surely, though, my list got longer and longer as I dug deeper and let all my excuses melt away. When I finished the six week program, I had 110 dreams on my list, 10 of which I’d started working on, and 2 of which I had accomplished. My current list has 128 dreams on it, 13 of which I’ve started, and 10 of which I’ve accomplished.
Some of my dreams will never be finished; they involve a lifestyle change and a progression of character. Others will involve a beautiful journey and a deep satisfaction when I reach my destination.
I encourage you to take Chris’ challenge – come up with a list of 100 dreams. Some categories to consider are: physical, intellectual, professional, creative, legacy, character, adventure, financial, material, spiritual, and emotional.
Here are a few of his tips and reminders to help you get started:
- Start living your purpose
- Realize how your current life fits into the life you want to achieve
- Redesign your life around your life
- Understand how your work matters to your personal dreams
- Your relationships with others will help you achieve your dreams
- Characteristics it takes to move toward your dreams: vulnerability, grit, growth mindset, and want to engage in a culture that will help you grow
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” ~ Henry David Thoreau