Just being open to the idea of change is a big step for many. Fear is the first emotion to appear which can impede your focus on your dreams.
For me, once I formulated the idea of my big dream, I remove my focus from any significant thought which brings up fear, worry, concern, anxiety, stress, etc. and re-focus my brain chatter to something for which I am grateful.
The imaginary walls we build around our hearts baffles me. I’m tired of that old thought-prison, aren’t you? There is too much to love about your life, so it should be easy for you to find at least one thing you can to be grateful for, especially when you wake up every day.
Being alive is a miracle in itself.
Gratitude will set the tone for your dream thoughts and allows you clarity to come up with simple ideas about your dream. Being thankful puts you in the state where you can create the space to be open to your big dream–to let go of the fear whispering in your ear telling you about experiences that may never happen and underestimating your ability.
Focus on believing your big dream is attainable.
You must believe that you can achieve your dream to avoid disappointment and loss of focus because you chose an unrealistic idea.
Avoiding the wrong dream choice is where the exercise ‘Remembering the Things You Loved Doing as a Kid’ brings clarity to what truly satisfies your heart. If you set your expectations too high for yourself (at an unreasonable level beyond where you see yourself) based on an idea that doesn’t bring you joy, then you set yourself up for failure. Psychiatrists call this the “peril of perfectionism.”
One way to avoid stalling on your big dream is to focus on the process rather than the destination.
If you only focus on being the perfect [insert your big dream here], then you are focusing on the result and most likely losing all enjoyment of the activities that go into being [add your big dream here]. So start small and focus on doing something about your dream that will make you feel happy.
This website is my attempt to teach you to dream big, to begin your dream work, and to have fun on your dream journey. Maybe readers will think “Wow, if that nutty redhead and those women achieved THAT, then [insert your dream here] should be
This week, my small goal was to get out into the fresh air every day to recharge my soul and be open for new dream ideas. This morning, I went for a three-mile hike at Annadel State Park, which is something I used to do every day, then stopped because I lost focus on why hiking is important to me.
It was so beautiful. Re-focusing on your dream support system like a daily hike has its benefits. In the middle of my hike, a plan for my next step on my dream journey came into focus.
Happiness fills my heart as I am reminded why dreaming big is so much fun.
Stay focused on your big dreams:
Catherine Hughes is the founder of 8 Women Dream. She is passionate about helping women step out of their own way and strike out into a world waiting for their special talents. She’s a published author and a former award-winning mom blogger. Catherine has helped companies both large and small create engaging web content, social media narratives, and unique blogging platforms. She claims to be a redhead but don’t hold that against her.