We all have dreams. Sometimes, though, we tell ourselves that our dreams are ridiculous or frivolous or just too far-fetched to bother trying to make happen. I’ve certainly done this myself with a number of dreams in my life, and when I’ve suppressed and ignored my dreams I’ve just made myself miserable, sometimes without even understanding where my unhappiness was coming from. But I’m committed to listening to my dreams and making them a reality, and I want to help you to do the same.
A big dream of mine has been to live in NYC. I lived there for several years but I was giving up on my dream by leaving there to come to Philly, and ever since it’s been eating at me. I had all sorts of reasons why I couldn’t live in NYC, and yet, it was still a burning dream of mine, and by denying this dream I ended up feeling small. I had to figure out a way to get past this and bring my dream to life.
I also talk about the “fear brain,” the part of us that tries to keep us safe, that means well but inhibits our willingness to take chances, to take risks, and often, to go after our dreams. Our fear brain tries to stop us before we even get started on something new, and we all have this. It’s biologically hard-wired into us, and for good reasons having to do with evolution and self-preservation, but it doesn’t serve us anymore. I share with you how I handled my fear brain regarding my dream of living in NYC and made this particular dream come true!
It’s important to think carefully about two of the words we use here: Dreams and desires. The word “dreams” has some baggage that I address, and I explain why I prefer to use “desires.” I also teach a strategy around asking a different question as a way to get past a roadblock and make the shift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, which is key to actualizing your desires, and I discuss the importance of visualization – why it works and how to do it properly.
I end with Purpose Power Tips, which I offer at the end of every episode.
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