How To Get A Clear Vision of Your Dream

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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My wall vision board

It is written that Buddha once said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”

If this is the case then I just have one question:  why in the hell did I visualize a big butt?

It is said that we hold the key to our own success and failures in the way that we think.  We are told that our minds are powerful tools in achieving what our hearts desire.  Many great leaders say it is so, which leads me back to my first question again:

EXACTLY when was I visualizing particular things in my life these days and why in the hell wasn’t I more careful?

Change your thoughts; change your life.

Bite me.

I have started walking an average of 10.5 miles a week.  I didn’t necessarily change my thinking to achieve this goal, I just laid down a gauntlet that I would be hiking Spring Lake on very specific days and times then invited anyone in the group to join me.

Because I set this up – it forces me to be there whether anyone shows up or not.

I reached the point where I felt I had to do something to move myself along this exercise and get healthy goal of mine.

Author and motivational speaker John Assaraf (there’s that ass thing again) suggests we try changing our thoughts for 30 days – much like a diet for our minds – to see real effective change in our lives.

He suggests

  • We become very clear about what it is we wish to achieve – crystal clear as a matter of fact – by writing it down and the use of vision boards.
  • We should spend quiet time three times every day focusing on our vision.
  • We should be still with our vision in the morning when we are first awake – at midday – then at night before we fall asleep.  He recommends we do this in a meditative manner.

Here’s a video which goes into greater detail about how he gets a clear vision of his dreams –

I’ll leave you with a quote from John Assaraf –

“I just do not hang around anybody that I don’t want to be with. Period. For me, that’s been a blessing, and I can stay positive. I hang around people who are happy, who are growing, who want to learn, who don’t mind saying sorry or thank you  and are having a fun time.”

I already made that change this year – what about you?


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  • Cheryl Out There

    I genuinely treasure your web site and your posts Catherine. I am also a long-time fan of A week in the life, your website with the stories of your son. Every time I want a laugh, I pop on over to that site and read what you write about Brian. Your Tweets are hilarious too. I just wish you would post more on this blog and A week in the life. We could use your humor and insight a bit more these days.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    What happened? Christmas was a success. Business has picked up, however I haven’t been walking and need to start up again.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    In 30 days I started walking regularly and have kept up a meditation practice, but I will be the first to admit that doing this every day over the long term can be difficult and requires discipline.

  • Michelle

    Cool post. I have yet to achieve my childhood dreams. I keep watching all of you.

  • Catherine

    Thank you for your comments. Hopefully some great new events will transpire within the 30 days!

  • I remember what my dad would say to me when I was afraid to try something, “Remember, no one is better or smarter than you. There is no obstacle you cannot overcome, no problem you cannot solve, no goal you cannot achieve.”

    I believe that by applying the power of your mind to your situation, your mind develops the ability to create magical positive developments with use. Reading and listening to motivational CDs is exercise to the mind, as exercise is to the body. Make a decision today to become a student of success by reading motivational and successful writings daily, listening to Bob Proctor CD’s while driving and attend seminars that will help you become the best in your field.

    I will come back too in 30 days to see what is happening with you too.

    Amanda B

  • Great advice Catherine. This isn’t just talk…this is the way many billionaires have achieved great success. Whenever someone tells me a certain wealthy, successful person is just lucky, I point them to the books on success and motivation.

    My mom always told me she didn’t care what I chose to do, just be the best at it. Name any job and I can point you to someone who made a million bucks doing it. Just be the best and aim for the stars.

    I’ll be interested to see where you are in 30 days.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I don’t know enough about it to speculate and being that I am someone who has survived the death of someone close, I tend to allow people their privacy at this time. As for the other 7 on this team – I leave it up to them. thanks for your comment.

  • Michael

    Hey, have you seen this news article?
    New details about Michael Jackson’s Death Emerge
    I was wondering if you were going to blog about this…