When you feel like you’re on the edge of a breakdown, you are likely on the verge of a breakthrough. My experiences with this truth have threatened my dreams countless times—but they have also provided rich fertilizer that has helped me tend my dreams and made them grow even bigger. However, I’ve often needed a coach to help me see the opportunity, and to show me how to take advantage of adversity.
Among a few others, one of the coaches I follow is Michael Hyatt. I love his book and highly encourage you to read, Your Best Year Ever: A 5 Step Plan for Achieving Your Highest Goals.
If you feel stifled in your dream-tending efforts, and want to move toward your best year ever, face your present—why are you where you’re at? Ask yourself these questions:
- Why is this happening?
- What has happened in the past that’s affecting my emotions today?
- What have I stuffed?
- Where have I settled?
One of the methods I learned from Michael Hyatt is writing your answers out—there’s power in putting words down in black and white. Until you process your past, you are not going to be able to freely pursue your future dreams.
Books and podcasts are inexpensive schools of knowledge, and can teach you how to tend your dreams more effectively and efficiently. Implement what you learn, and you will run ahead most dreamers.
- Are you numbing out in front of the TV, settling for apathy, versus truly tending your dreams?
- What do you “get to do,” that you’ve forgotten is a privilege?
- How can you make your someday thoughts a today reality?
No matter what life hands you, you can have vibrancy, tenacity, and energy, when you intentionally tend your dreams.
This episode’s Dream Tending Tips:
- Don’t allow yourself to numb out, to hide, or to push down the pain.
- Be intentional to find healthy venting places to let off steam. A professional counselor, a trusted friend, an encouraging pastor usually provide safe places for you to land.
- Don’t let your past keep you rooted where you are, preventing you from becoming what you want to be.
- Inspire yourself by reading the Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkerson.
- Produce something new that provides a different effect. Get up and do something one hour each day, actively, toward pursuing your dream.
- Imagine yourself in success. What does it look, sound, taste, smell, and feel like?
- Read and release yourself through Lucille Zimmerman’s amazing book, Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World.
- What was missing in the past year of your life? Professionally, relationally, emotionally, mentally, financially? Make a list of the books or podcasts that could help you tend your dreams, and set a goal to begin filling yourself with education, inspiration, and encouragement. Schedule time with people who matter to you.
- Invest in your dreams. Be reasonable, but give yourself the gift of learning more than you know today, by spending your money, energy, and time on education that will support your desires.
- Take my challenge and choose to live with real courage and rare passion.
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Until next time, remember, your dreams are waiting for you to grab and tend:
Never stop believing.
Dare to dream bigger.
Host Anita Agers Brooks can be found on various social media platforms, and you can discover additional dream tending tips at tendyourdreams.com.