What’s Your Big Dream?

I woke up on New Year’s day and immediately thought, “This is the year of big dreams.” The thought came out of the blue and had a soul feel to it. I can feel the truth and energy behind it – BIG dreams.

I count myself lucky to be in the business of helping people make their dreams come true, and I think this year is going to be the most rewarding yet. I have a feeling that lots and lots of people are going to see their dreams come true. Clients, students, colleagues, family members – it’s going to be big! I’m telling you!

So, why not get started today?

First, what ARE your big dreams?

Can you list them immediately? Do they roll right off your tongue? If not, it’s time to get cracking on your list. The first step in making big dreams come true is knowing what your dreams are. Then we can move on to making them reality.

Take a moment here to write down three big dreams. Big is a relative term, so don’t judge yourself. Whatever feels big to you is perfect. (Share them in the comments section below!)

Take a look at your list. Could you get more specific? Bigger? Let your imagination go WILD in this moment. No pressure – you don’t have to write the novel right this minute, train for your triathlon today, or build your coaching practice overnight. Right now, you’re just imagining what could be. Then, turn it up a notch. Don’t settle.

I help a lot of people with their body dreams. Many people want health, weight loss, more energy, or better sleep. Whenever we coach together around their body dreams, clients always discover more, bigger, better dreams lurking in the corners, hiding behind desires for physical well-being. Of course it’s fabulous to dream of great health. Then, go bigger. What else? Don’t just settle for good. Go for great.

I used to dream of health. But lurking behind my dream was a much bigger one. I wanted to be a life coach. I’d read Martha Beck’s books for years. I loved what she did. I wanted to do the same. Every now and then, I’d let that dream peek its nose out before hurriedly hiding it away. It seemed preposterous.

I believe that part of the health struggle many of us face is inextricably linked to big dreams. Smooshing them down just doesn’t work. Our bodies sag and drag as a result, longing to be let loose to live the lives we’re meant to live

When I got my dream of health, I found I couldn’t sweep anything under the rug and still stay healthy. I had to open that closet where I’d stored my life coaching dream. I had to pull it out, look at it, and try it on for size. Then, I had to make it happen.

I’ve gotten used to living this way. For me, every year is about making big dreams happen. I know that I can’t settle. I have to stand on my tiptoes and reach up, as high as I can, for that really cool dream on the top shelf. The best dreams seem too high, just out of reach, and a little precarious. If that’s how you feel when you think of you’re dream – you’re onto it!

Stretch yourself. Reach a little higher. Have fun! That’s what big dreams and life are all about. A lot of my big dreams came true last year, so I’m stepping it up this year. Higher. Bigger. Better. It’s about expanding to new realms, exploring the places your soul wants to go. Because that’s who’s leading this dream team – your soul. Trust it. Dare to take the steps, little or big, that it’s telling you to take. There’s no reason to wait. This is the year.

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5 Responses to What’s Your Big Dream?

  1. Donna Reed January 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    Dreaming….I was just thinking about this on a walk this week. I realized I have forgotten how to dream….I have forgotten how to play. Both have been replaced with planning and working then planning and working somemore.

    In the last few months I’ve had some dreams pop into my head. Instead of pushing them away and returning to my habit of planning and working, I have begun to act on them. I’m taking better care of myself to achieve my dream of better health, I am observing my surroundings (children primarily) to remind myself how to play and I have signed up for coach training….something that came to me as a fleeting thought a couple of years ago when I was meeting with you the first time Abigail. Dreaming and playing are foreign to adult me – but I know it was really good at it at one time in my life. So this year, my dream is to learn how to dream and play and I am going to follow my dream to be the best darn coach I can possibly be.

    • Abigail January 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Which will be pretty darn good, I think! YAY!!!

  2. stephanie t. vance January 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    have my list
    am checking it twice
    thanks always to the Amazing Abigail
    love n.

  3. nancy January 13, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    Yes… the Amazing Abigail 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Darci Reed January 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Goosebumps…The whole way through. I actualy have a quote on my 2012 manifestation/vision board that says “This is the year!” Big dreams…Already up and this helped me think and fine tune it! You rock! Thank you!

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