Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Dreaming of the Future
How good are you at dreaming and visualising the future you want to create for yourself?
How would you answer the old classic ‘where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?’
Take a moment to write down your answer...
Dreaming is essential to career planning in order to form a vision for yourself and to go about making it happen.
Some people are really good at dreaming, it comes naturally to them, they can bring their desired future into focus without too much effort – let’s call these people (shocker) the Dreamers.
Then you have the people who are extremely logical about life, they seek facts and reason and they are not drawn to dreaming in the same way. Let’s call these people the Realists.
Most people will of course fall somewhere in the middle but let’s look at the two extremes to understand the process of bringing your dream future into being.
Dreamers can dream too much and Realists can forget to dream at all. Which one do you identify with the most?
Are you a Dreamer?
Are you a dreamy dreamer dreaming away and enjoying the potential of it all, basking in what could be, someday, out there in the future….when the time is right, when the circumstances are right, when the kids get a big bigger, when I feel financially stable, when the COVID crisis passes, when I build up my confidence.
All valid points and I don’t discount them in anyone’s experience of life, but when these valid points become reasons or excuses to never step into the potential of tomorrow – then any dream or vision you have will remain in the realm of potential and never find it’s way to the realm of reality…and TODAY is our reality, it is ALL WE HAVE, EVER.
Are you a Realist?
Or are you a Realist and you depend on reason & logic, fact finding and proof? I completely admire and respect facts, knowledge, logic and proof but if we all lived in a state of black and white, basing all our actions on knowing and certainty then creativity and innovation would not exist at all; growth, evolution and progress would play no role in life.
Can you even imagine a world like that? What would it be like? Clinical and dull and predictable? We would all go mad!
When people express themselves through their work through creativity and innovation, new ideas, new ways of thinking, new ways of being and new ways of doing, then growth and progression happens for us all.
So for you realists out there, call in a little mystery and uncertainty and allow yourself to embrace the unknown and the infinite potential life has to offer.
Whatever unique offering you have is of absolute importance to society to add to the variety of human expression and experience. No one else can offer what you can. They are not you.
Change is inevitable.
Whether you like it or not, growth and change are inevitable – we all grow older, we all go through the seasons each year, we all go through the seasons of life and we all progressively grow and evolve and change. It is a fact. As reliable as death and taxes…
Life itself supports both the dreamers and the realists. The wonder and awe in life offers up a never-ending stream of creativity and potential for the dreamers and the facts of life offer up the certainty that nothing stays the same.
Either way, it is within your hands to connect your desired future with your lived experience today.
What does all this have to do with me wanting a new job?!
In basic terms, if you want a new tomorrow, a new future – you have to make space for it TODAY, otherwise tomorrow never comes.
Change is both shit scary and exhilarating all at once and it is in the fear and excitement that growth happens. Just outside your comfort zone lies opportunity and a whole new way of life!
To turn a corner and start writing the next chapter in your life, you need turn your awareness to the process of conscious change.
To experience change in your life, you have to embrace it! You have to open your mind and heart to the very changes you crave.
I have seen a lot of people who truly truly want change; they want a different life, they know what it looks like but they have a block in their mindset, in their energy that keeps them from making actual change – because actual change happens today – in the only reality available to us and not tomorrow.
Remarkable change comes gradually – like the seasons, June & December are poles apart yet each passing day seems largely the same – but in just 6 months we go from the height of summer to the depths of winter.
To see a change & benefit from it - you have to do and be the change every day. This means thinking & acting differently, challenging how things have always been and allowing learning and vulnerability to become part of life. In doing so, you embrace possibility and invite it into your being and into your life.
Nothing will change if nothing changes.
Download your FREE Career Alignment Roadmap – it outlines the first 5 essential steps on your journey to career change, progression or growth and comes with a workbook section at each stop.
Step #1 - Embrace Change & Possibility.
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