“We mustn’t let our dreams die in the daylight because we lose focus while responding to the world’s lame interests or false emergencies.” — Brendon Burchard
Have you noticed how much time you spend attending to the demands of others while letting go of the string that your dreams are attached to. You may be doing work that is not your best work, or you may be working for someone who is a tyrant or you may be abused by words or actions of others and you retreat from being truly who you are.
A return to self isn’t about being selfish it is about being authentic and living the life you were designed to live. Your gifts, talents and strengths were meant to be used and not hidden from the world and too often it is the case that your best talents are not put to their best use.
Too many people have had their dreams crushed by others who were in full pursuit of their own interests. You might be one of those people who have worked for a bully or someone who didn’t want to help you be your best. You may be doing work because it was what someone else wanted for you and you wanted to please them. You may have given up your dreams so that someone else could achieve theirs. What happened when you did that? What did you lose?
What are your strengths?
What are your dreams?
What are you giving up to live the life you are now living?
What would it take for you to start using your strengths and to start moving towards your dreams? A return to self would allow you to be your best self and to allow you to make your best contribution. What do you think?
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France
What do you want to accomplish?
What is your plan to get there?
Have you ever wanted to stop the action for just a moment? Have you wanted motion to stop so that you could enjoy a particular moment and how it felt and how it resonated and how it just meshed with every part of your being? What was that moment for you?
Take the picture of the sunnset and look at it. It is an event trapped for an instant, a frozen image, a snapshot of a sunset that continually changes until the color is removed from the sky. We capture images to remind us of what once was. What moment do you want to freeze?
What got you to that moment? What was the feeling that you wanted to capture?
Would you like that feeling to come back? Not the moment but the feeling that so enthralled you that you wanted to freeze the frame and capture that moment. What would it take? Honestly! What would it take to recreate that moment over again as a fresh new invigorating resonate event that would be grand, great, and exquisite?
“Dare to dream,
Because only by dreaming,
will you ever discover
who you are, what you want,
and what you can do.
Don’t be afraid to take risks,
to become involved,
to make commitment.
Do whatever it takes to make
your dreams come true.
Always believe in miracles,
and always believe in you!”
~ Julie Anne Ford ~
“Promise yourself to dream more and hesitate less.
To believe in yourself more
and judge yourself less by
the accomplishment of others.” Deanna Beisser
Dream more and hesitate less. How is it that our dreams shrink back when we hesitate to turn those dreams into goals and into action? How many opportunities will slip by when we hesitate to take action?
When we hesitate we lose momentum, when we lose momentum we lose the power to create. The waterwheel was used to power 19th century factories and it was the engine of the economy. When the water stopped moving so did the waterwheel and so did the factories.
Hope is the fuel of dreams. Robert Kennedy said, “Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a ripple of hope, …”. Action is a dream that has momentum. Action is what sees a dream turn into a creative river of possibilities.
Now, sometimes we just need to step back and relax ….
A walk with a dog
appreciative – feeling or expressive of gratitude; “was appreciative of his efforts”; “an appreciative word”
1. The act of inquiring.
2. A question; a query.
3. A close examination of a matter in a search for information or truth.
One of the definitions of Appreciative Inquiry is search for the best in people. That definition is pretty powerful don’t you think. Why would we want to search for the best in people?
The AI process is designed to be one of creative expression, something that many people rarely experience. All too often people are told what to think, how to think and what to think. AI really turns the current reality upside-down and allows people to design solutions from a point of view that is not critical but rather creative.
The AI model is based on four concepts, discovery, dream, design, and destiny.
Next time we will talk about the discovery phase and how that is used.