I day dream. I day dream every day of the week, twice on Sundays. The truth is daydreaming passes my time aside of work and can be a very productive activity.
Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia defines it this way;
“Daydreaming is the stream of consciousness that detaches from current external tasks when attention drifts to a more personal and internal direction. “
Daydreaming about the past is fun and even a healthy thing to do if it helps to ground us in the great lessons we have learned. Experience is the greatest teacher alive and dreaming about your past could help you become a better person in days to come. However, it can be harmful to our progress if we live in the past by constant daydreaming of what could have been. Dreams is a topic of massive interest with a web-search I did recently producing over 900,000,000 pages of information.
I have often found that when I share my dreams for the future with others the response I get falls into two categories. Those who support my vision and those who politely dismiss my musings as no more than pipe dreams. I wish I could say that the first group outnumbers the second but that is not the case. I can’t lie as a writer here. It is tough to land a writing job anyways. :/
The importance of dreams
I want to remind the readers of five actions to take when exploring the potential of your dreams.
- Believe in your ability to succeed – This is one of the hardest things for anyone to do when facing opposition. The key to making this easier lies in spending adequate time clarifying your purpose, vision and mission statements.
- Get rid of your pride – If we think that we have figured it all out and have arrived already then we will never fulfill our dreams. It is critical to success in life that we allow room in our lives for new, fresh dreams that keep us motivated.
- Cultivate constructive discontent – It is so easy to just sit back and be satisfied with the current level of success. I was in that place not long ago. Unfortunately life has a way of changing direction without notice and you quickly realize that complacency never brings success.
- Escape from habits – A habit is defined as ” a. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. b. An established disposition of the mind or character… “. It is so easy to allow habits to dictate reality. What we need to do to succeed is to not accept what is without first considering what could be.
- Balance creativity with character – I know a number of very creative people who have done very little with their creative talent. They often talk about taking some action but invariably fail to. The truth is everybody has a built-in creative edge. What is important is to use enough creativity to think out what dream you want to come true and then use sufficient character to start working it out.
As I said at the beginning I love daydreaming but not just for the escape it provides from reality. Daydreams are a wonderful source of new creative ideas. It is amazing what can be done with a little creativity and hard work. I daydreamed this article. What about your daydreams – are you just passing time dreaming or are you ready to put those ” fantasies about future scenarios or plans ” into action!