Daring to Dream: Questions to ask yourself

We all have dreams, even if we don’t call them that. We may call them plans or possibilities or simply things we’d like to do or achieve. For some people, calling an idea a “dream” makes it feel unattainable. When you’re thinking about a dream, a plan, or a goal, use the language that makes you feel most comfortable and makes your idea feel achievable.

There are lots of things to consider when making a dream a reality. It requires a lot of self-reflection and the power of intention which I write more about here

One thing to consider is where your interests lie.  What is something you’re interested in enough that you’re willing to put effort into it? Is it something you are already good at and comfortable doing, or is it something completely new? We often think of doing more of what we’ve already done for a long time, and this is great, but it can also be motivating to try an activity or develop a skill that is totally fresh. 

Is the thing you’re interested in something you want to do for fun or something you want to do with the idea of making money? This is an important consideration because trying to monetize an activity can sometimes take the fun out of it for people. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, but it is critical to think about what to do if that happens. How will you feel if something you now love to do when you have time becomes something you have to do all the time? 

What are your short-term and long-term goals for the dream? What are your realistic (what you’d accept) goals and what are your “pie-in-the-sky” goals? It is essential to think about both. We often think we want to achieve in a big way, but maybe we’d be perfectly content to achieve in a small one. Or maybe we set only a lowly goal and are overwhelmed when things get big fast. 

Have you thought about the changes you will have to make in your life to make the dreams or goals happen? Will it require more reading? More schooling? A different career path? Taking lessons? Spending time with new people? Cutting back on spending time with family or friends? 

These are just a few of the many considerations we should all ponder on when we’re considering making a dream come true. If you are having trouble identifying your dreams or carrying them out contact us here. This is what we do. We inspire people to dream.

Dreams are the reason you are here. ~Deedee Cummings

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 16 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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