Everything starts as somebody's daydream. Larry Niven
As a child I was frequently brought to task because I absented myself from the prison like environment of an overcrowded and generally unpleasant school system by escaping into a deeply satisfying daydream. As a result, I am eternally grateful to those few overworked and harassed teachers, who turned a blind eye to my ‘quiet’ presence but absent participation!
Daydreaming is a short term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a persons contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake. Wikepedia
In spite of my school experience, my career success demonstrated that daydreaming is not only a healthy outlet it is a powerful and productive way to clarify, envision and focus on an alternative future.
In practice the ability to visualize yourself achieving your goals and fulfilling your dreams, while experiencing the benefits and the pleasure of accomplishment and success, as though it were happening now, provides leverage and the energy to turn thoughts into actions and dreams into reality.
“We grow great by daydreams. All successful men and women are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day, or in the red fire of a long winters evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them into the sunshine or light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope their dreams will come true.” Woodrow Wilson
Daydreams remind you of your vision and passions, they ease stress and enhance creativity, and help you find solutions. They boost energy, enthusiasm and optimism, and they are a therapeutic release from stress, anxiety and the demands of reality.
Although daydreaming can be misunderstood as a waste of valuable time, or perceived as non-productive and even an escapist activity; great thinkers, leaders, writers and innovators throughout history have recognized daydreaming as an essential tool in their success.
Daydream: Let Your Mind Wander!
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” Edgar Allan Poe
Daydreaming is now a mainstream and widely accepted practice, with meditation and guided meditation, as great support tools to expand our mind and explore potential and possibility.
The integration with a personal Vision Statement, your affirmations and declaration of intent, is extraordinarily productive, particularly when you ‘choose’ the idea you will daydream about.
So instead of waiting for divine inspiration, select your dream and combine daydreaming with guided mediation and seek to visualize and ‘experience’ your future life and success.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
Bonnie Ware, an Australian hospice nurse published a book to illustrate the most common regrets in life made by terminal patients. What is surprising, or perhaps not, are the absence of reflections on achievement, the collection of possessions or accomplishments, and the accumulation of wealth. Consistently the regrets were focused on dissatisfaction with personal fulfillment.
The Five Regrets of Dying...
What can you learn from these insights?
That living in balance and harmony and in seeking fulfillment in your life and work is the ultimate measure of success?
The implication is not that the pursuit of accomplishment and achievement is wrong or unnecessary, but it must be balanced with mindful awareness, by living in the present moment, by being grateful, and by taking time to celebrate the people, family and relationships, which add such value to our lives.
When looking at the powerful communication devices we have at our fingertips, they seem to provide extraordinary potential. Yet more and more people are concerned with an introspective preoccupation with the technology and less and less of a meaningful connection between people.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
It is obvious as we get older possessions begin to lose their importance and are gradually replaced by a focus on friendship and relationships, on mindful living and a deep sense of awareness, and on a connection to the beautiful world we are all fortunate to live in.
Although many are consumed with the daily and often essential treadmill of achievement, looking back over their life story causes the same people to regret the lack of meaning, the lack of fulfillment and the missed opportunity in their lives.
“The peace each of these people found is available to you now, without waiting for your final hours. You have the choice to change your life, to be courageous, to live a life true to your heart, one that will see you pass without regret.” Bonnie Ware
For those who are focused on improving their lives and seeking personal growth and fulfillment Ruby Red Road is presenting an extraordinary and unique two-day workshop in Saratoga Springs in May. This limited seating event is called The Irresistible Advantage: Your Blueprint for Success. It will change your life forever!