Everyone should keep a journal of dreams, what I sometimes call a “Dream Inventory“, which provides a place to keep an ongoing list of the “stuff” you want to have, want to do, want to become…and, therefore, the things you need to decide.
We short-change ourselves, and fall short of the real value we have to give to this world, when we fail to dream and consider all of our dreams, from the mundane to the fantastic. Our dreams reflect that which we value most, what is ultimately most important to us. Dismissing your wants and dreams without inspection may lead you to pursue minor desires too readily, or to dismiss deeply valued or challenging dreams too quickly.
So I emphasize, Write Down Your Dreams. Follow the links above to learn how to start, use, prioritize and refine your dreams, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use this Dream Ideas and this Dare to Dream file to jump-start your meaningful and productive dreaming.
Once you have at least 100 dreams, I encourage you to take an additional step that I don’t believe I have mentioned in this blog before. Look over all the dreams you have listed. How many dreams could you accomplish in the short term, say six months or less? How many dreams are long-term, taking at least a year or more to achieve if you pursued them? Which of these two “sub-lists” is longer? (Hmmm… I wonder why?)
Regardless of how many short-term or long-term wants and dreams you have, when you turn them into goals consider these vitally important questions:
How are your short-term goals and decisions directed by your long-term values and interests?
How are your long-term goals influenced by your short-term interests and actions?
Are you in any way allowing your mood of the moment interfere with the intent of your life?
Where your short-term decisions and actions meet up with your long-term interests and values – there you will find The Intersection of Purpose and Now.