When a new year starts, like it is for me today on this day after my birthday, as well as on New Year’s Day, I always take at least an hour or so and dream about what I want my next year or season to look like. It’s wonderful to have a record of those dreams—especially when you begin to see them coming true!
I believe dreams come true when we follow what God has laid on our hearts to do. Then, we ask Him each day what our part is in making that dream come to fruition, and we ask Him to take care of the rest. It’s not something I can explain in a formula—I’ve just found it to be true.
How can you begin to dream? By asking yourself a few questions, of course! I’ve given you just a few of my questions and answers—just in case they help to get you dreaming!
What would you do if money weren’t a factor?
For me, that’s easy. I would hike and explore all over the place. I would visit cute towns and meet with people. I would spend a significant time writing, as well as publish my own books. My writing would focus on what has happened in my life, with a focus on what I think might help someone to know who isn’t as far along life’s road. If something I say spares people some of the heartaches I have had or helps someone feel the joy that I have expereienced, then I’ve succeeded.
When do you feel the most alive?
Seeing something beautiful makes me feel alive. Being close to my husband as we laugh, share word puns or talk about our future makes me feel alive. Dancing and moving my body to uplifting or sweet music makes me feel amazing. And, dressing up all fancy makes me feel like a princess too! Knowing that God is speaking to me and guiding me when He reveals something to me—answering a prayer, sharing a word of encouragement or showing me that I’m still on the right path—that is an amazing blessing as well.
What steps can you taking toward making your dreams come to fruition?
For me, I can keep blogging, going on small weekend adventures with my husband, do my part to keep myself healthy through nutritional cleansing and exercise, and pray and ask God to show us the steps to make our weekend or recreational habits be more fully integrated into our everyday life! Maybe it’s time to take dance lessons with my husband! Maybe tango, because it looks so elegant—and then I could wear the dresses that are collecting dust in my closet!
Once you answer these questions, you can assign time goals to them. I really want to have a book written before the end of the year, for example!
OK, it’s your turn! Maybe you know your dreams without asking these questions, but if you haven’t taken the time to dream enough, they can help get you started.
If your dreams include writing, but you don’t know where to start, or if you have a book draft and don’t know what to do next, please contact me! I’ve helped corporations, small businesses and authors get their message out for nearly 20 years—and I’d love to help you too!