The magic of dreaming – part 1
Whenever you have time off you may enjoy taking reflection time that allows you the freedom to open your mind and dream about the future.
Many people come up with their best ideas and inspirations when they are away from their daily work routine.
Dreams are great things. When we dream about something, we connect with it on an emotional level, not just intellectual, and that strong emotional connection can move mountains.
And when we are back at work we can keep that going. We all need that reflection time to allow us to be creative generally, as well as being creative for ourselves.
We should all dare to dream – to really use that power of attraction that strong dreams have on us.
Most organisations have a clear relationship and link between Vision, Strategies and Plans.
And we can of course do the same for our personal and professional dreams and ambitions.
We can figure out our
• An aspirational and appealing picture of the future (Dream to help create it)
• A logic for “how “ the vision (dream) can be achieved
• Specific steps and timetables to turn the strategies into action
So what do we mean by dreaming?
It is simply about letting ourselves open up to all sorts of possibilities. To not be constrained by what we have and who we are today. The world of sport is a great source of inspiration for this. There are so many great stories of how medal winners dreamt of winning in their sport. They dreamt it, and at the time they dreamt it, it may have seemed impossible but they held onto their vision, their dream of what they wanted to achieve and step-by-step they came closer and closer to it until the medal was won.
We can all dream and create our life the way we want it.
At first it may seem out of our reach and that can then hold us back or even stop us. The trick here is to break it down into doable actions and achievable milestones and take it step-by-step.
So get dreaming. And dream big.
Martin Luther King said “I have a dream!”
He did not say “I have a strategic plan”
The strategic plan does come later – and we’ll get back to that in a future blog – and get more practical and tangible about your dreams.
About the authors
Mandy Flint & Elisabet Vinberg Hearn, award-winning authors of ”The Team Formula”.
Their latest book, multi-award-winning ”Leading Teams – 10 Challenges: 10 Solutions”, published by Financial Times International is a practical tool for building winning teams. You can download a free chapter of the book at www.leadingteamsbook.com
Praise for ”Leading Teams: ”Enjoyable to read. Simple to understand. Practical to implement. A must read for team members or leaders”Debbie Fogel-Monnissen, Executive Vice President, International Markets Finance Officer, Mastercard, NY, USA