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6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Pursuing Your Dreams

by David J. Fry, MPS

We talk a lot about dreams. In fact, one of mine was starting this consulting business. What's your dream? Want to give your vision a jumpstart? We know that once something is written it is more likely to occur. That's the message I give to nonprofits when strategic planning.

Capturing it in written form applies personally as well. So, take a minute to write down the goals that you'd like to accomplish and then use these questions to speed up the delivery of your dream.

1. What's your highest priority in this lifetime?

What's most important for you to experience, explore or embrace this time around? Until you answer this question, your life goals will be off-purpose. I know the power of purpose and in fact, wrote about it in my book "Purpose in the Darkness." Unaligned with your inner passion, your intentions will lack the power to attract the people and situations necessary to become a reality.

Get clued into your true joy. What activities did you enjoy as a child? What are your hobbies now? When your goals are aligned with your soul and its direction, synchronicity kicks in to guide you to your target.

2. Is the dream you are considering really yours or someone else's?

Are your goals your own choice, or what others think you should strive for? Do you want to look back in your old age and wish you had followed your passion? Will you regret having "played it safe?"

It takes determination to break away from a goal that someone has for you. Is it selfish to go after your own dream? What joy can you give to others if you haven't given it to yourself first?

3. Are you settling for less than your real passion?

Are you resigned to accepting less than your full share of love, health and success in this lifetime? Have you compromised and sacrificed your dream? Anything short of living your true passions will never make you truly happy.

4. What will you feel like when you reach your dream?

Personal passion fuels a vision. Dive into the thrill and exhilaration of the feeling of living your dream. Close your eyes and put yourself in that place of attainment.

The Hawaiian Kahuna say,

"Where your creative attention flows, so flows your life."

5. What steps can you take today toward your dream?

Don't defer your dream. Set up supports and systems around you to instantly translate your intentions into action. Jump on every opportunity that is in line with your purpose and vision. Do it now. You can do something in the next 60 minutes that could change your life. What is it?

Are there smaller projects that lead to your more significant dream? If the dream is to run a marathon, train for a local fun run or 5K first and find a way to measure your progress. Track those little wins by writing in a journal, telling a friend or engage a coach to hold you accountable.

6. Are you telling yourself: "I can't have my dream?"

Most people don't believe they can live their dream. Either their belief system has them feeling they can't make a living doing what they love, or they feel they don't deserve their dream. Maybe past failures are limiting your opportunities, don't let them. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas, Edison, and Benjamin Franklin are proof that failing once, twice, or more can't stop future success.

To avoid the pain of feeling they can't have their dream, people often keep their dream so buried they can't remember they ever had a dream. Get it out in front of you. Provide daily reminders of the end goal.

Everyone has a dream! And everyone is destined to fulfill that purpose. Why wait? Today is the day.

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