If you are lucky enough to be part of or have taken part in an LMI programme, workshop or event, you will know how much we encourage everyone to allow themselves to dream, and to have somewhere you keep a record of these dreams. A dreams list is where you can be free to think of anything you would like to do without putting any limitations on yourself. Too many of us grow out of the childlike enthusiasm of ‘I can do anything’ simply by starting to be so sensible about it all. We tell ourselves; I am not smart enough for that, or talented enough, I won’t be able to earn enough money to do that, I simply can’t see how I can make time for that, or my health won’t allow for it. Dreaming without holding ourselves back means we let ourselves think about things we would really like to do, places we would like to go and experiences we would love to have, as well as possessions we would like to own and character traits we would like to develop. Dreams stretches our imagination, bursts limitations and can really inspire us.
For years when I was immobile, I would sit inside our family cabin in Norway (reading by the open fire so it wasn’t all terrible) when everyone else went out for hikes or for a day skiing, and I would dream of one day being able to stand on the top of a mountain again. As many of you know when I had my amputation suddenly this dream, once so far fetched and mere wishful thinking, became a possibility. From the first days of rehab, I started to believe I could do it, and set myself goals to challenge and help myself progress towards a dream coming true. On my 40th birthday me and my awesome family climbed mount Snowdon in Wales. The people who had supported me through the worst was also there with me as I ticked off that specific dream from my list.
Sometimes our dreams can feel impossible and unachievable, but unless you have let your imagination explore the possibilities, how do you know what is actually possible. Dreams breaks down barriers, feeds our desire, stirs our passion and can really motivate us if we let them. Dreams are great, but it’s the goals that can change your life. Goalsetting gives your dream a focus and produces results. Goals takes your dream from the imaginary and something you are thinking about sometimes, and bases it in reality. If you want a dream to happen, start writing goals that helps you move in the right direction. But first you need a dream!
The dream next on my list that I am taking steps towards accomplishing is walking Hadrian’s wall. June 2021 -watch this space!
As the great Muhammed Ali said: Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact -it is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration -it’s a dare! Impossible is potential, impossible is temporary, impossible is nothing!
Let’s explore possibilities and let’s dare to dream!