Parents Have Dreams Too
by Julie Wise
Life and Relationship Coach and Author of Dream Bigger: Reclaiming A Life of Joy and Ease
When your children are born, you imagine a wonderful future for them. Perhaps they’ll be the next Einstein or Michelangelo, or the scientist who finds a cure for cancer. You encourage your children to explore the world, develop their imaginations, and dream big dreams. And you do whatever you can to help them reach those dreams.
What happens to your dreams along the way? If you’re like most parents, you probably set them aside a long time ago, dismissing them as impractical or unrealistic. Perhaps you tried to reach your dream once, only to hit a roadblock and you gave up. Maybe you figure it’s more important to focus on your children now, and you’ll go back to your dream later, once the kids are older, or when you retire.
Children learn from watching and listening to us. If we really want to encourage our children to be all they can be, then we need to walk our talk.
Yes, it is possible to enjoy some of your dreams, raise your children and pay your bills all at the same time. In fact, it’s not as hard as you might think. That’s why I wrote Dream Bigger: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease – to give you the skills and tools you need to make your dreams a reality.
Look at all the skills you’ve already developed to support your children in exploring their dreams:
• patience with the process;
• absolute faith that everything is possible;
• encouragement during the moments of doubt and fear;
• a helping hand;
• a listening ear;
• words of wisdom.
How can you apply some of these strengths to your own dreams?
Give yourself permission to do a little daydreaming this week. Let your imagination run wild. Imagining is easy for children them, so spend time with them. Let them show you how to dream again.
While you’re at it, why not work on some family dreams too? Dreams don’t have to cost a lot of money or be complex and difficult. In fact, they’re about bringing more joy and ease into our lives. And we can all use more of that, can’t we?
To boost your motivation, check out the “Dream Bigger Reinvention Challenge” at http://www.dreambiggercontest.com/ and find out how people across North America are reinventing themselves and their lives. Join the movement to dream bigger and win prizes to help you make your dream a reality.
Wise’s goal is to help 100,000 people dream bigger. To do this, and to celebrate the release of Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease, she invites the public to share their life dream in an online challenge.
The 60-day “Dream BIGGER Reinvention Challenge” runs from October 1 to November 29, 2010 and offers contestants the chance to post a video about their dream, get votes and become eligible for an amazing grand prize. “By sharing our dreams, we’ll inspire each other to ever greater heights,” she explains.
Go to http://www.dreambiggercontest.com/ and enter today!
“I believe life is meant to be enjoyed. I love to work with people, listen to their stories, and learn from their experiences.
My training is in Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching through the Centre for Right Relationship. I am currently completing a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, and I have also completed a one-year healership mentoring program in Advanced Energy Healing and Awareness. I am a Celtic Reiki Master as well.
In addition to managing my practice as a life consultant and relationship coach, I volunteer as a mediator at Community Justice Initiatives.
When I’m not busy with clients, you might find me dancing flamenco… or wandering a beach somewhere in the world, with the wind in my face and the sun on my back!”
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=wiswor0a-21&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1450253180&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrSynopsis: When life’s challenges get you down, and you feel like giving up on your heartfelt desires, it’s not time to quit. It’s time to dream even bigger! This book is filled with inspiring true stories, simple tools and exercises, and plenty of motivation. Learn how to re-chart your course and bring more joy and ease into your life as you pursue your dreams.
Blurb: Most people have a dream. For some, it’s something they’ve wanted since childhood but have never told a soul. For others, it may be something they tried once, and it didn’t work out so they gave up on it. Perhaps you have a dream that you keep dismissing because it seems risky or impractical. Our dreams make difficult times more bearable. They also bring joy into our lives, and inspire those around us.
However, it takes more than a good imagination to make those dreams come true. It’s also about taking action and staying motivated. First, you need a clear idea of what you want. If you’re not sure, spend some time remembering your childhood and what you imagined you’d do with your life. The seeds to your dream are often found there. Once you know what your dream is, get to know it in detail. What does it feel like to be there? Who are you with, how are you dressed, what’s happening around you? Get familiar with it so that it’s easy to connect to that feeling whenever you need motivation.
What’s stopping you from having that in your life right now? Make a list of any challenges or obstacles. The list is intended to give you ideas for actions, not to discourage you from moving forward, so don’t get too bogged down by it.
Now take a look at the items on your list. What skills and resources do you have to meet those challenges? Who else can you call on for additional assistance?
Talk to supportive friends and family members about your dream and see what ideas they have to help you move forward.
Take all of these ideas and resources and put them together into an action plan. This is a list of the steps you can take to make your dream a reality. Every day, check your list and pick one action you can take. Each time you take a step, celebrate, knowing that you’re that much closer to the life of your dreams.
Five Steps to Your Dream
1. Identify your dream
2. Make a list of your challenges
3. Develop a list of skills and resources
to meet those challenges
4. Create an action plan
5. Take one action each day toward the life of your dreams
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-BIGGER-Reclaiming-Life-Ease/dp/1450253180/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1285424479&sr=1-1
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