Are you living your dream? Think back when you were a child. What inspired you? How did you see your life unfolding? What was your dream? Are you living that dream now?
We all have secret dreams - our innermost hopes and ambitions. We often have an instinctive feeling - what we’re good at, what we love to do. We may have an artistic gift, love to work with our hands, have a knack at business or be great at relating to people. Do you love to create beautiful designs? Want to make your mark in the world? Cherish passing a legacy to your children and grandchildren? Our dream is the recurring thread throughout our life.
Caught up in the day-to-day reality of life’s demands, our dreams may get pushed to the back burner. But heroes and inspiring events remind us of life’s unlimited possibilities. A young Mark Zuckerberg creates Facebook, a new way of interconnecting the world - uniting hundreds of millions of people, the entire planet - and becomes the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. We all aspire to greatness. We identify with the hero, the star athlete, the business whiz, the artistic genius, because we see ourselves in them.
As life unfolds, our expectations may narrow. Caught up in the realities of life’s demands, our dreams may dim. As the saying goes “Life’s what happens when you’re making plans for something else.” But our dreams represent our core values, what motivates and moves us. Can you tweak your life to reawaken your dream?
The movie “Groundhog Day” shows the central character reliving an ordinary day again and again until he “gets it right.” Each time he relives it, he tweaks his responses differently, resulting in a different outcome until finally everything clicks as it should. We’ve all had that deja vu experience - I’ve been here before; this is familiar. It’s part of our life’s underlying narrative, our own unique story. Our subtle adjustments to this narrative can result in vastly different outcomes. It’s the so-called “butterfly effect.” The movement of a butterfly’s wings - the subtlest of motions - can affect nature across the planet with dramatic worldwide effects.
Are you just a “tweak” away from altering the narrative of your life, finally getting in touch with your innermost dream? We’ve all had days when everything clicks, when we’re on top of the world, when everything we touch is golden. Casino gamblers describe it as Lady Luck, a winning streak. But it’s an experience in ordinary life as well. And we’ve experienced the opposite too - when everything we do meets with resistance, when life is a struggle. What’s the difference? How can we tweak our life to live our dream?
• Remember your dream. To young children all possibilities are open. The sky’s the limit. Over time, limits encroach. The vision dims. Reawaken your dream. Did you always want to be your own boss? Create original striking pieces of jewelry? What was your original vision? Bring it back into focus. It’s still there.
• Knowledge is power. As we become more aware, subtle adjustments in attitude can result in profound effects. A moment of clarity can shift perspective, realign priorities and resolve persistent underlying issues that thwart success. To eliminate a problem you must first identify it. Have you fallen into a pattern of negative thinking that undercuts progress? Is there a knot in a relationship with partners or staff that’s hampering expansion? Are you mired in habits that are no longer effective? Are you appealing to the same customer base you did years ago? Target a younger clientele. Have you fully embraced all new technology offers - websites, e-mail, social media? Think outside the box. The more we’re aware of ourselves, the more we influence the outcome of our own lives.
• Reality is stranger than fiction. A man walks on the moon, the Berlin Wall falls, and suddenly what was considered impossible is the norm. New realities are around every corner. We all have the potential for greatness. Seek the subtle shifts that will help you unlock your full potential and realize your dreams.