Life: Optimized (Chapter 7, page 1 of 2)

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Chapter 7

Dreams and Wishes: Messages from YOU

As many of us have been conditioned to be told what we should want and must have, thanks to advertising, figuring out what you really want can be a difficult process. Most dreams fall into at least one of the following categories: health, love/relationships, money/finances and career. You might choose to list your dreams starting with those areas and go from there. I have included pages for each category to get you started. As you narrow it down to what you really want, you may choose to use additional pages, headed with your own categories.

In determining any goal or desire, an effective process of getting an accurate and specific result is to start with open-ended questions. Open-ended questions are questions which do not have a “Yes or No” answer. Some examples of such questions are:

What do I want now?

What do I like now?

How do I feel about myself now?

What are my dreams now?

Asking these questions and giving yourself honest answers about the good, the bad, and the ugly will help you set goals. We will discuss goal setting in a bit. However, I have discovered that many young children have dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. These dreams are, more often than not, their knowledge of what they are meant to do. Dreams are their map to an authentic life, the one they find most fulfilling.

Along with making your list of dreams, you may choose to ask some clarifying questions to narrow things down: the classic “who”, “what”, “where”, “when” and “why”. Some examples of such questions are:

 Why do I have this dream? Is it mine, or someone else's?

 What about this dream will help me find success and happiness?

 Who do I know who could help me?

 Where would be the best place I could make this dream a reality?

 How could I make this happen?

I have included some worksheets that provide space for you to answer these questions, or to answer some of your own. There is also room for you to make notes, or to draw or paste pictures if you prefer not to make lists.

I have included a special worksheet for you to paste pictures of your dreams and goals. Keep this in front of you where you can see it easily. This is called a “Vision Board” and will serve as a constant reminder of what you are working for. It will also keep you encouraged and focused as you face and overcome your challenges to success.

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