Dare to Dream
Living a Dream
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves ‐ regret
for the past and fear of the future.”
If I Had My Life to Live Over
I once came across a poem called ‘If I Had My Life to Live
Over’ written, by an 85‐year‐old woman. In it she talks of
the things she would do if she had a second chance and it
I would go barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way
later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry‐go‐rounds.
I would pick more daisies.
Regret can describe not only the dislike for an action that
has been committed, but also, importantly, regret of
inaction. Many people find themselves wishing that they
had done something in a past situation. Most people regret
the things they haven’t done, not the things they have.
As a child did you ever have a dream, what did you want to
be and do, Playing the guitar to a packed audience at a
Did you ever imagine kicking the winning goal at Wembley
stadium in front of 80000 cheering fans? Or singing in front
of 100000, writing an amazing best selling novel, being an
As a child you may have mentioned your dream to one of your teachers, parents, family, and friends. You were told you weren’t good enough, clever enough, or talented enough. Its not for you, and before you know it 10 years has gone by in your life your circumstances changed the goal
posts completely move and your focus moves towards other things in life, paying the lousy bills, getting up in the morning and doing a job you cant stand just to get by, and you find yourself thinking is this it.
As time passes you buy, circumstances change and the dreams you once had get locked away in the cupboard.
Almost resigned to any possibilities, seeing out time till
you get on your pension, then you can retire and unwind and kick back, maybe retire some were relaxing with a slow pace of life, kids have all grown up, you can just kick back andtake things in your own pace. Everything completely mapped out, though the strange thing is you haven’t mapped any of it out, it has all been mapped out for you, by whom?
Stop and think about it for a minute, is this what you have envisaged for your life? If you were approaching the end of your life, what would you be thinking? Take a few minutes to right down your thoughts Have you ever wondered what it would be like to
• Go travelling around the world
• See the pyramids
• All the seven wonders of the world
• Swim with dolphins
• Tracking in Africa
• Get into Best shape ever
• Run a successful business
• Write a romantic novel
• Learn to speak another language
• Learn to dance
• Go into a children’s hospital ward and give out some
• Raised some funds for a charity
• Gone into an old persons home and Xmas and
listened to someone’s life story
• Or maybe you have done some of the things
mentioned above or maybe even all and your looking
forward to some other amazing experiences in your
What are some of the dreams you once had though put away?
Life is short and you owe it to yourself, every dream starts with a vision Did you ever have a vision or have a vision? What are you passionate about, what do you enjoy so much that you would pay to do? Do you have a dream?
I once read a story about women who started writing a book whilst she was stuck on a delayed train between Manchester to London it was 1990. Shortly after she moved abroad to teach in Portugal, however after a brief marriage in Portugal and now with a baby, returned to Britain in 1993, settling in Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near her
She suffered through a period of poverty and depression while she struggled to earn a living and take care of her daughter. It was during this difficult time that she finally completed her book. The book was about a boy called Harry—a lonely, downtrodden 11‐year‐old orphan who learns he is actually a wizard when he is magically invited
to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Following its publication in Britain in June 1997, the rest is history as they say. The book quickly became a hit, won numerous awards, including the British Book Awards’ Children’s Book of the Year, J.K Rowling received an OBE (Order of the British Empire), a medal of achievement awarded by the queen, in March 2001. And has gone on to became no doubt one of the most successful writers of all time.
Many things we take for granted now, much of the technology we use all started as a dream a vision in someone’s mind, films we watch, songs we listen to, the cars we drive, phones we use, planes we fly, books we read, they were all at some point just someone’s dream. Walt Disney, the Wright Brothers, and Henry Ford the list goes on all started with a dream.
Young Albert Einstein for example. While still an awkward adolescent headed for a boring job at the patent office he dreamed a dream that changed the course of human history ‐ for better or worse. He reported this dream, the precursor to his Theory of Relativity, in an interview with famed journalist, Edwin Newman. Einstein told Newman that it was night in the dream and he was with friends sledding down a hill and having a grand time. However on one trip down, he became aware that he was travelling faster and faster. Realizing after a moment that the sled was approaching the speed of light, he looked up and saw the twinkling starry light of the night refracted into a brilliant spectrum of colours he had never before seen. Filled with a numinous sense of awe, wonder and reverence, he intuitively understood he was witnessing an event that contained his calling in life ‐ all the answers as well as questions he would need to ask.” I knew I had to understand that dream”, he told Newman, “and you could say and I would say, that my entire scientific career has been a meditation on that dream.
All things are possible if we dare to dream we have the most amazing powerful resources at our disposal the human mind.We are all wired up with the same resources within our mind; it’s how we use those resources which make the difference.
Some people dream big and go for it; some people decide to dream with in the realms of what they perceive as reality.
It never ceases to amaze me what is possible when we let our mind just wander and flow.The following exercise is developed from eliciting some of the greatest dreamers of the last century people like Walt Disney, who had the most amazing strategy to come up with the most amazing ideas.
By using the same strategies with your mind, let you mind wander knowing you don’t have to tie yourself into anything you don’t want to follow up. Though rest assured that every positive though we have will reward us in some way.
Turning a vision into a dream a dream into reality exercise:
Write down as many things as possible if time or money
was no object you would like to achieve?
1: Think of a time when you were really creative, when you
were making some very creative choices. fully associate to a time you were really creative and relive that time what did it feel like, what did you see, colours, images, what could you hear, let your self go completely, it might of been a time
you were on a beach relaxing, going for a country walk, having a meal with family and friends, listening to some music. Let your mind run free, relax and go into its creative state. Close your eyes really relax and let your mind wonder.
In your creative state.
Now think about your life’s purpose, what are you here for?
What are you passionate about?
If you could do anything what would it be?
If money and time was no object what would you like to do?
Imagine living in a world with no limitations even for a few minutes, have some fun.
Think of a time when you were realistic about some plan and put it into action in an effective way. It might be your own plan or somebody else’s. An idea you had which you put into action, it could of been a completing a course, setting up a business, going travelling, As you recall this time relive the experience. Think about what you saw, what it
felt like, what you heard, gather and recollect some of your thoughts and actions of a time you had an idea which you put in practise and relive the situation. In your realistic State of mind Come up with some logistics for your plan What are some of the resources you would require for your plan, if you were to implement?
3: think of a time when you criticised a plan in a
constructive way and saw weaknesses as well as strengths and identified problems. Again it might be your plan or someone else’s. As you recall this time relive the experience think of the images you saw, the feelings you had, what you heard, now gathering your thoughts reflect and recollect your actions.
In your critical mindset
Come up with potential pitfalls of the dream
i.e. cost? Time?
4: Now think again of a time when you were really creative,
when you were making some very creative choices. fully associate to a time you were really creative and relive that time what did it feel like, what did you see, colours,
images, what could you hear, let your self go completely, it might
of been a time you were on a beach relaxing, going for a country walk, having a meal with family and friends, listening to some music. Let your mind run free, relax and
go into its creative state.
Really relax and let your mind wonder, and as you let your
mind wonder notice what you learnt from a time you planned an idea and implemented it and a time you criticised and idea and think about what you have learned.
Now reflecting and processing your thoughts, what are some ideas and plans you would like to live.
What dream or dreams do you have that you’re a ready to take out of your cupboard draw again or have sprung to mind?
Be excited, get excited and passionate knowing you have
Awaken your mind again.
Remember it’s never too late and there is no better time than the present.
A dream is only fantasy unless you take action!