I first learned about dream sheets at a public seminar when I was a young adult and started writing them back then. But the truth is, my first dream sheets were the notes I wrote to Santa as a little boy.
I have very fond memories of the Sears Holiday Wish Book; it would arrive in the fall and I would look through every page as if it had magical powers and could bring me anything I wanted. I spent hours looking through that book – so much so that the pages started to fall out! I would circle my favorite items and rank them from 1-10 based on how much I wanted them. My parents would then put my “wishes” in the form of a letter to Santa, and much to my delight, the items I wished for would appear on Christmas morning. I really focused my attention on items in the book that were important to me as a little boy.
Why is it as we become adults we stop wishing for things? The same logic that we used as children will still work for us as adults. I still spend lots of my time dreaming about the future, but now it is more of a directive thinking process. The brain has a function called the Reticular Activating System (RAS); this is where the brain sorts through information and brings to the forefront the items that help us achieve more of what we desire. It is believed that when we write down our goals and focus our attention on what we want, the RAS function of the brain points us to data that will help us move in the right direction.
So how do you make it work? It is very simple. You make a list and check it twice… a day. Since it is the season, go ahead and write a letter to Santa and tell him about all the things you would like to change in your life next year. Be sure to include your relationships, health, career, social, travel and so on. If you are a technology user you should add your list to your smart phone. Keep your list somewhere you can access it every day; whether you read it in line at the coffee shop or when you have a moment between meetings. When you review your list you are putting the magic of RAS to work and starting to sort through all the noise around you to zero in on what you need to focus on to move in the direction of your dreams. You will be pleasantly surprised by how little time it takes to do this compared to how quickly you will see results.
Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season! Live your Dreams!
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