Viewing Your Life From A New Perspective
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Find Your Dream:5 Simple Steps For Figuring Out What You Want To Do Next With Your Life!
“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” – Carl Sandburg
Do you have a reason to get out of the bed in the morning?
Do you look forward to your day?
Does your life have meaning?
Are you passionate about your work?
Do you know what you want to do next with you life?
If you answered no to most of these questions, then this is the e-book for you. I am going to show you how to find your dream, your passion and your life’s purpose.
Don’t believe me?
That’s okay, just read along anyway.
The 8 Women Dream Project was formed in 2008 to explore the art of finding, then living our dreams. I am not talking the type of dreaming we do in bed at night, but the kind of dreaming we did all the time when we were kids.
“Some day I am going to be a pilot . . . ”
“Someday I am going to run with the giraffes in Africa . . . ”
“Someday I am going to be a fashion designer . . .”
Do you remember what you loved doing when you played outside, or when no one was watching? Did you grow up to do something similar? Maybe you were lucky enough to be one of those adults who pursued your childhood dream, only to find it wasn’t as wonderful as you thought it was going to be.
It left you wondering what’s next –
- Where do I go from here?
- How do I find my passion for life?
- I don’t know what to do with myself anymore.
Where To Start
The first step in finding your dream and reclaiming your lost purpose is to find the things you are passionate about. Discovering your passion is the first step towards exploring your dream. Trust me, no matter where you are in life, or how sad your circumstances might be, there are things you love to do.
Finding what you are passionate about can bring a special purpose to your life. I am not talking about a personal relationship, even though they can bring on the same feelings of passion and purpose. Placing all your hopes on to one person eventually becomes a burden to the person on the receiving end of those hopes – what if they don’t live up to your expectations?
Or they leave you?
It’s better to find something you love doing (that isn’t a person) and pursue a life based on this passion. Why? Because it’s good for you! Okay, maybe I am channeling my mother a bit, but . . .
A new study found that people who reported a greater level of purpose in life were less likely to die or have Alzheimers, as compared to people with a lower level of purpose. “It can be anything from wanting to accomplish a goal in life, to achieving something in a volunteer organization, to as little as reading a series of books,” says study author Dr. Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist and assistant professor of behavioral sciences at Rush University Medical Center.
Finding your passion is one of the most important stepping stones to happiness, because it provides a foundation of fulfillment, even when other areas of our lives change. It can carry you through divorce, sickness and other tragedies.
The only problem is that no one can do this for you. You must uncover what fuels your passion on your own. It is up to you to find out what you are passionate about, and quite often, it isn’t what you think it is. Websters dictionary describes passion as, “a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything.”
But Catherine, I don’t think about life that way.
Lets say you loved a particular sport in high school and dreamed of being a professional athlete. You are now 50, so you know it’s not possible to be a professional athlete (in this particular sport) at your age, so how does your passion for once wanting to be a professional athlete have anything to do with finding your dream – or resurrecting it – even though in theory it is now impossible to achieve?
Because there is valuable information in your past dream — there’s important data in the experience of what you loved doing. There’s something intrinsic about your dream past, which can provide you with input on how to live the sweet part of your former dream in your life now.
You are about to become a detective to your own life. You are going to explore all the things you have loved, and still love doing. Trust me, when I tell you there is hidden information in exploring what you love. I want you to examine this exploration like a stranger just getting to know you for the first time.
Use the worksheets provided in this e-book to research a new dream which will add life to your days, passion to your discussions, and becomes a driving force to your life.
Dreaming can change your world . . .
I believe this with all my heart.
What’s important to note as you do the exercises in my e-book that you look at the things you loved doing that gave (or give) you energy, where you don’t notice the passing of time, where you get lost in yourself. These are the experiences I’m talking about in this e-book. Finding your dream doesn’t come to you overnight, but by exploring those experiences where you go to another place in your mind – are lost there for hours – and you wonder where the time went. When you are finished with this thing you love doing, you don’t feel drained. It is also something that people have told you that you are good at, or admired your ability in this area.
This is the place where your dream life lives.
Do you know what experiences you get lost to in your life? Do you remember them? Wouldn’t right now be a good time to begin exploring what they are? So what are you waiting for?
Come on! Get on the dream train!