Got Dreams? It’s Time!
Each of us possess an untapped potential within to have, do, be, see, and give anything that we want – anytime that we want. So why then do some people seem to have it all, while others are struggling to get by?
I theorize that it comes down to 6 fundamental reasons:
- We don’t have a definitive purpose/aim/goal/dream and a burning desire for its achievement, so we spend our energy talking about what we don’t want. Since energy always attracts like energy, we continue to get more of what we “don’t want” in our lives.
- We are addicted to our habits, excuses, and fears and are held back by them or even paralyzed by them.
- We believe the good opinion of others regarding our ability to achieve more than we believe in ourselves and our ability to achieve – leaving us to feel alone and unsupported.
- We don’t feel worthy or deserving of it based on our past experiences, prejudgments, and fixed beliefs.
- We don’t want it bad enough or have a burning desire for it or we would already have it or have a scheduled plan for it.
- We don’t like change and we don’t want to give something up for very long, so we revert back to our comfortable ways as soon as the pressure is off and go back to the path of least resistance.
People CONSTANTLY say to me “You are lucky to be able to pick up and go around the world”, “You are lucky to live in Hawaii”, “You are lucky to have written a book”, “You are lucky to get 100 days of vacation a year” and “You are lucky to be able to work from home and do what you want when you want”. Well I have news for you; there is no luck about it!
I wasn’t born with a lucky horseshoe around my shoulders or a silver spoon in my mouth. I decided what I wanted my life to be. I made a plan, I put it into consistent motion and I made it happen.
I believe we are the sum total of our thoughts and what we think about, we bring about, so I choose to think big thoughts and I choose to focus on big results. Further, I set goals every week and pay a fine to charity for each goal I do not achieve.
I have an accountability partner who I check-in with weekly, a vision board in my office, and read my “I AM” and Mission statements on a daily basis. I keep my eye on my vision and focus on the end point and reward myself for my accomplishments.
For example, my dream was to author books that impact and inspire. Before I ever even wrote a single word of each of them, I printed out the cover and glued it to a book-sized piece of pine board and set it on my dresser so I could see the finished product every night before bed and when I first awoke. I spoke the words daily for a year “I am an Author who touches people’s lives and inspires them into motion.”
You see, the book was already a finished product in my mind and I was already an author – even though a single word on a page hadn’t been written. It is simply a matter of shifting your thinking to focusing on the results and outcome instead of the obstacles and fear. My reward after 88 rejections from publishers and driving to NYC and holding up a sign on a busy corner that said “Please Help Me Publish My Book!”: A summer sailing through Greece, Turkey, Italy and France. That is the power of intention!
MY personal “Dreams” list below is not open for your judgement nor is it meant to impress you It is meant to inspire you into action to create your own list, get your creative juices flowing and stretch imagination into what is possible.
Life turns on a dime. And we are only here for an 80 year dream, if we are lucky. How much more time are you going to waste not having what you want to have, seeing what you want to see, being what you want to be, doing what you want to do, and giving what you want to give?
Tomorrow was never promised to you…take the step today! Imagine where you can be in one year from today or in five years, for that matter – if you just take the step. In truth, one step at a time is never too difficult!
Going after a dream may not be fast and it may not be easy, but I promise you – it will be worth it! Today is the day to start. Where you are is the perfect place to begin… So write it down…what do you want to SEE? BE? DO? HAVE? GIVE? Make your own list or purchase my “Dreams Can”. Once your list is complete, pick the one that matters to you the most or randomly choose one. Mark it on your calendar, start your savings account, and set it into consistent motion.
Life begins today! Come on, what’s your dream? It’s Time!
Swim with wild Dolphins in the Pacific Ocean (Hawaii) Swim with wild Whales
Walk on Abby Road
Stand on top of the earth
Sleep in the Lincoln room of the White House
Visit every Presidential Museum in America
Fly One Million Miles
Ride in a submarine
Visit the Top Ten Zoos in the US
Visit Universal Studios Be a kid for a day at Disneyland Be an extra in a movie (Mortuary Girls 2007) Explore the Nile in a Felucca & a cruise ship
Bury a time capsule together with my the love of my life
Build a sand castle on the seashore Collect a seashell or a rock from every country I travel & add it to my waterfall (Since 2002)
14 day “Silent Retreat” in Thailand
Skip rocks over every ocean in the world
Sleep under the stars in a sleeping bag Shower beneath a Waterfall
Sleep in an Igloo
Sleep in a European Castle
Spend a Night in a Haunted Place
Take a Ghost Tour of Scottish Castles
Visit an old ghost town (Colorado)
Stay at a dude ranch
Hug a tree (Every year since 2005) Stand on a busy corner & give away free hugs (Salt Lake City 2010) Dance in the pouring rain Fly a kite
Watch the Changing of the Guard At Buckingham Palace
Visit the ancient ruins of Rome
Name a star in honor of a loved one Mush a dog sled in Alaska or see an Iditarod (saw the dogs training in Alaska) Milk a cow
Raise chickens for eggs
Visit the Top Ten US Lighthouses
Visit all 7 continents (
North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Antarctica)
Float through the heavens in a hot air balloon at sunrise or sunset
Go to the top of the Empire State Building (2006)
Ice Skate in Rockefeller Plaza
Visit a NYC firehouse & ask them how 9/11 changed them (2006)
Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland
Visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington
Visit Pearl Harbor
Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Visit the Pyramids of Egypt Camp in the Serengeti & see the “BIG 5” Visit Ngorongoro Crater and witness the Great Migration Sleep at an African watering hole and watch the wildlife Visit Wall Street Passionately Kiss in the Rain
Witness the Birth of a child
Witness the birth of one of my favorite animal’s gorilla/whale/dolphin/lion Live in the country Make snow angels and play in the snow like when I was a kid Live in a big city in another state (Hawaii, Texas, Alaska) Live in a foreign country (China Summer of 2009) Live on the beach (Hawaii) Do one new thing a week (Since 2007) Sail the Greek Islands Island hopping Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires Go to La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires Go Sailing through Greece, Turkey, Italy & France (7 weeks 2007) Ride an old bicycle in the countryside of France Stand on the Equator Ride the rails across at least 5 countries Stand on top of the Eiffel Tour and make a wish (2007) Kiss the Pyramids in Egypt Ride a camel through the desert Go on an African Safari for at least a month (over-landing through 17 African countries for 4 months) Visit the place where Gandhi took his final footsteps and say a prayer for peace Volunteer at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage in Calcutta, India Leave a flower & a tear where Princess Diana died or find her gravesite (2007) Trek through the Rwandan jungle and see wild gorillas Cuddle a baby lion cub Play with baby Chimpanzee’s or Orangutan’s (Chimps in Egypt) Fly to Italy to see an Opera (2007) Visit the Louvre Museum in France (2007) Spontaneously fly to NYC for dinner and a Broadway (Christmas Spectacular 2006 & 2007) 100 days vacation per year. (Committed in June 2007)
Learn to fly a helicopter
Own a helicopter (partnership?)
Visit John Lennon’s Grave
Brew my own Beer
Make 12 bottles of wine & gift it
Meet Nelson Mandela
Visit Robin Island in South Africa & write a poem for peace in Nelson Mandela’s jail cell
Learn to knit – Make a sweater
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
RV the Oregon Trail for 33 days
15 day Ayahuasca Retreat in Peru or Holland with a Shaman
Sky Dive Bungee Jump (South Africa 708 Ft. Guinness Book of World’s Records) Ice cream eating contest with hand behind my back
Scuba Dive one of the World’s Top Ten Scuba Sites (3 of 10 done)
Shark diving (Cage diving in South Africa) Abseiling (World’s Highest in Africa) Parasailing Learn to Surf Rock Climbing
Golf (3 times per month)
Golf (World’s Top Ten Courses)
Finish a Marathon
Finish a Triathlon
Yoga as a way of life
Body of an athlete at age 50
Polar Bear swim on New Year’s Day
Learn Kung Fu/Tai Chi
Take up rowing/Kayaking
Learn how to Ballroom Dance
Bike a new bike trail once per year
Learn to paint with water colors & acrylic
Learn organic cooking
Learn about herbs/grow them in home
Visit a new at least place three times a year Increase yoga routine from 2 to 5 days per week
Go to the Smithsonian Institute
Live in Europe for 6-12 months practicing French
Have a conversation with Madonna about yoga and Kabala
Kiss Tim Ferriss
Have dinner with Tim Ferriss
Live in an Ashram for 100 days in India Teach English in a foreign country (CHINA Summer 09) Live on a tropical island (Hawaii for 10 years from 1991-2001) Convert from Microsoft to Mac (2011)
Take Adobe InDesign class
Learn Quick Books
Graduate college with honors (made President’s Honors, 3.9 2007)
Read the Bible cover to cover
Read the Koran
The Buddhists Bible
Read the Kabala
Read the Urantria
Read all of Carlos Castaneda’s books
Read all of Og Mandino’s books
Read everything on Socrates
Read the Osho series
Read every book by Dr. Wayne Dyer Meet & befriend Wayne Dyer Get testimonial for my new book from Wayne Dyer Research my family tree at the largest Family History Center (Utah) Train with a Yogi Master for 100 days intently (India) Learn to meditate & do at least 10 minutes per day 5 days per week Make peace with A.L.O. Forgive my abusers of childhood sexual abuse (a 10 year journey) Write a Bill that becomes Law against Child sexual Abuse (1994 AB250) Eliminate or Manage all of my noted “Time Wasters” Remove CABLE & replace TV time with reading/writing/creating (2011) University on wheels: Give up listening to music while driving; instead listen to Personal Development info for at least 85% of my drive time Limit TV time to 5 hours per week or less and remove TV from bedroom Weed out my garden of negative people & influences Limit emails/internet to an hour per day Set up T Harv Ecker’s Money Jar System
RV across America and visit every National Park
Enroll in the Experts Academy Program (2010) Spend the day with Best-Selling Author Greg Godek (3 days at his home in LaJolla)
Okay, now create YOUR list of what you want to BE, SEE, HAVE, EXPERIENCE, & GIVE.
It is my hope that this list will inspire you to create your own list… join me, become a Dreampreneur!
Dreampreneur™ [dreem pruh-noor] noun, one who is determined and focused on, achieving their goals, fulfilling their dreams, and living a life of purpose and design and helping others to do the same. –Traci Bogan