I am a dreamer by nature. I have no problem thinking up things I'd like to do, jobs I'd like to have, places I'd like to go, etc. I have a dream book where I keep track of all of my dreams, using 12 categories. I then turn them into goals (dreams with deadlines ) and as I accomplish them, I write the dates down in my book.
For me, starting and maintaining a dream journal has been fairly easy but I realize it doesn't come so naturally for everyone. This is not to say that if it doesn't come easily for someone that person doesn't have dreams. We all have dreams. I think some people just don't always recognize some of their desires as dreams.
Several years ago, I asked a friend if I could lead her in a dream session (basically a guided time of brainstorming or, more accurately, dreaming). When I first proposed the idea to her, she assured me that she didn't have any dreams. I assured her that she did.
During the session I asked some questions to get her thinking about dreams she had, using 12 categories.
By the end of the session she had come up with 100 dreams! (Generally, I send people home with the assignment to get their list to 100, as most don't even come close.) Like my friend, many people have dreams inside that just need to be drawn out. Sometimes we could use a little guidance in getting them on paper.
Here are 12 categories to help you list your dreams:
- Physical - example: lose weight
- Emotional - example: take your children to your childhood home
- Intellectual - example: go back to school
- Adventure - example: jump out of an airplane
- Creative - example: learn an instrument
- Spiritual - example: read the entire Bible
- Professional - example: get a promotion
- Psychological - example: conquer your fear of heights
- Material - example: buy a new car
- Financial - example: start a college fund for your children
- Legacy - example: be a mentor
- Character - example: be known as a kind person