Dreams come to you at night for a reason

They sometimes do not come for days or weeks. They sometimes come in waves. Sometimes, just sometimes, they come so clear and vibrant it feels like they touch your very soul. But there is a reason dreams come to you in your sleep. Dreams need your undivided attention. Dreams need the canvas of your mind to express the subconscious and plant important information that one day will trigger a response. What that response will be is not always be clear. But it does have your undivided attention.

Your dreams may be closer than you think

Many times in our lives we look around and see others seemingly floating through life without a care in the world. Things just seem to happen easily for them and dreams just seem to be falling in their laps. In comparison we often have the impression we are standing still, or worse going backwards. Our dreams seem to be distant shadows far off on the horizon in a foggy day, a feeling that can break even the strongest of spirits.

But what do not often realize is the people who we are watching are having the same struggles, but with one difference. The difference is simply not accepting that things are not possible, accepting that with a little hard work and luck one dream could come true. I firmly believe positive thoughts bring a positive return from the universe and if you truly believe a dream you have is possible, it will bring you within reach. I say within reach because just thinking something will never achieve anything, that’s the easy part! We have to set the wheels in motion ourselves by planning and actively moving towards your dreams. You may decide the original dream was not what you thought it promised, but the place you will find yourself is a place where things are a little clearer, the fog has lifted and you can see dreams everywhere.

I, like most people, have faced disappointment with business failures or rejection from a company you really want to work for, but that is just part of life. How would you appreciate climbing a mountain if anyone could just stroll up and plant a flag at the top without any effort. Whatever you dream of doing, make it happen or at least start today by putting the wheels in motion to get you closer, and remember it is not always about the final destination but rather what you learn on the journey. Happy trails and good luck.

NEWS FLASH! IT’S NOT GOOD NEWS

I used to watch the news religiously. To the point were as soon as I arrived home the news would be on to the groans of my kids and also my wife. I used to tell them that it is important to understand what is going on in the world. I used to sit and watch the same stories gradually increasing in information as the continual loop of things from around the world would cycle through each hour. CNN, BBC, Sky news and all the others have turned news into an art form where every incident, no matter the size nor gravity, create a show that even Steven Speilburg would be challenged to match. But then one day I just sat there thinking to myself, “When was the last time I watched the news and felt good about something?”

Apart from things like miners in Mexico being rescued and the, very, occasional return of a missing person the news has been nothing but bad. So what I do now is have a quick glance through the paper to see the main stories and that is all. The difference mentally is quite incredible really. I spend my time looking for things that will inspire me or entertain me. I cannot help thinking that there are some people in the high positions of the news companies rubbing their hands at the current buffet of bad news coming from Japan and the Middle east. I do not feel the news is being brought to inform anymore, it has been turned in to a media controlling platform that is all about making money.

Maybe I am just naive in thinking that the world would be otherwise, but if we all just sink into being fed this over sensationalized drama then we will never really make this a better world. In my humble opinion the world, and especially our children, deserve better from us to help inspire and create a world where they still believe they can achieve anything they put their minds to. I no longer subject my children to the news although I try not to let the news be substituted to cartoons either! But a healthy balance that will help them have the best chance in the future. That, for me, is a news story I could live with happily. Have a creative day.

A DAILY DOSE OF INSPIRATION 19/1/11

They often say that great things come from diversity. They often say that it is when we are challenged the most greatness will surface. If we look through history we can see there is definitely merit to what is said. Great people like Dr Martin Luther King gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech at the height of the troubles due to segregation and racism. He also followed this wonderful speech by saying that one day we will reach the promised land, I may not be with you but we will reach it one day. Ghandi brought down one of the greatest empires to have graced the planet with his civil disobedience ideals when all around him were baying for blood. I could go on very easily talking about great people who in the face of unimaginable strife were able to think, act and realize amazing things in their lifetime.
So you have to ask yourself about the troubles you claim are hindering you in your life and why, like many people before, you cannot overcome them? All of the great people in our history have not walked golden paths or been born into wealth enabling them to have incredible opportunities. In fact most have had to pull themselves through circumstances that we would find hard to even imagine, let alone live through.

So I ask myself, and you today, are the problems in front of you really as big as you make them out to be? Surely anything is possible if you put your mind to it and stop making excuses for not being able to do what you want. Surely the greatest sin of all is to live a life where you didn’t even try. Try everything you want, try everything that you dream, for without trying you fail to honor the gifts you have been given in this world. Have a creative day.