Right way to dream?

Posted on Friday.6.5.2009



When people are asked to dream, usually there is no focus and there are no directions given. A dream is a way for someone to come up with the ideal picture of their future world. So is there a right way to dream?

I recently found one of my favorite author’s  (John Maxwell) blogs. His most recent book, Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions that Will Help You See It and Seize It, has some very practical and strategic tips on how a dream can become more of a reality. These were the 10 types of dreams he says people misappropriate as dreams:

  • Day Dreams – Distractions from Current Work
  • Pie-in-the-Sky Dreams – Wild Ideas with No Strategy or Basis in Reality
  • Bad Dreams – Worries that Breed Fear and Paralysis
  • Idealistic Dreams – The Way the World Would Be If You Were in Charge
  • Vicarious Dreams – Dreams Lived Through Others
  • Romantic Dreams – Belief that Some Person Will Make You Happy
  • Career Dreams – Belief that Career Success Will Make You Happy
  • Destination Dreams – Belief that a Position, Title, or Award Will Make You Happy
  • Material Dreams – Belief that Wealth or Possessions Will Make You Happy
  • Seasonal Dreams – A Short Term Target You Try to Reach
  • Do you ever make dreams like these? I probably spend the most time in day dreams and idealistic dreams…either way they’re wasted dreams in my opinion. No action, just thoughts, emotions, ideas and ultimately discouragement.

    Maxwell defines a dream as “an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.” This is a much more active definition.

    If our dream is really something that is inspiring, energizing and empowering, than we will do anything and everything we can to achieve it. We can dream about all sorts of other things and how our world is not currently as it should be. We can dream about how our life is dissatisfying and how the attainment of that dream would change everything. We can dream about how if only we were younger and started earlier, then we would obtain that dream we so wanted. These are the delusions we believe when we dedream.

    A dedream is any one of those dreams above or any thought that leads to inaction, misplaced happiness, and self-absorption, discouraging you to look to the past and future with little to no positivity.

    I love Maxwell’s dream definitions because it gives us language to our dedreaming and how to avoid wasted dreams. It also gives us a lot of clarity on how we can dream and take steps to achieve that one thing we truly desire.

    “A dream is the seed of possibility planted in the soul of a human being, which calls him to pursue a unique path to the realization of his purpose.” – Sharon Hull

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