For some it comes very natural to dream and vividly envision what a life without limits could look like. For others it takes some gentle nudging in the form of visualisation and writing exercises. Whether you believe in the power of positive thinking or not, I think you’d agree that it’s much more enjoyable to focus on the things you DO want instead of what you don’t want.
If you have a clear picture of what you want in your life your actions tend to take you in that direction. Your brain is amazing at filtering information and bringing opportunities to your attention but only when you are in tune with your desires. It’s easy to create a long list of what we don’t want, so challenge yourself and counteract that with an ever bigger list of what you DO want. Let go of the underlying fears that drive the unwanted list and instead have fun and focus on the positive.
Here are three great ways to discover what your dreams are made of. Are you ready to dream without limits?
There’s nothing like a dream to create the future. – Victor Hugo
Create a vision board
Get a stack of magazines, newspapers or google images and cut out words and pics that catch your fancy. Then create an inspirational collage by sticking them on a pin board or glue to a piece of card board. Most importantly, put it somewhere you will see it daily. Really take the time to look at it and immerse yourself in the feeling of achieving some of your dreams. What it would it feel like driving that car, going on that holiday or meeting that special someone. Update it regularly and see where life takes you!
Write uninterrupted for 10 minutes
We may not even be conscious of the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves as a lot of these thoughts were formed when we were very young and are unfolding on a subconscious level. With eyes wide shut, these thoughts can can wreak havoc to our potential. So how do you trick your limiting beliefs and find out what the unfiltered you really wants? A good place to start is putting pen to paper and writing uninterrupted, in a continuous flow without self-criticism for at least 10 minutes. A good start could be to ask ‘what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ It may sound like a very basic exercise but you may well be very surprised by what you write.
Ask friends and family
Perhaps it’s not entirely clear to you where you talents and qualities lie and so it can be quite interesting to get input from a few select people around you who’s opinion you respect and value. Ask them this hypothetical question: “If you could give me any job in the world – without limitations what would it be?”. This exercise can reveal a theme in the talents and qualities people perceive you to have. It’s a fun list to keep and pull out now and then. If nothing else it may put a smile on your face on a rainy day. I still have a laugh and get a boost of motivation when I read my own list where three friends have pegging me as the CEO of Lululemon, a celebrity interviewer on 60 minutes and a PR/Marketing coach and public speaker. (yes, I love workout wear, asking lots of questions and getting people fired up about stuff!). Who knows, the answers you get may help guide your dreams or give you the confidence to pursue them.
So what’s on your fantasy resume? We’d love to hear about it so leave a comment below.
If you could give yourself any job in the world – what would it be?