A friend asked me to join a book club that meets once a month on Sunday evenings last friday. And right now, they are reading “Imagine Big” by Terri Savelle Foy. I’m joining a little late so I had to play catch up last night and read through chapter 1. I have to get to chapter 5 before January.
Anyway, chapter 1 is about imagining your dreams. Turning off limits and just dreaming. No matter how big. Like you did when you were a child. I thought I can do this, no problem. I was supposed to write down 20 things I wanted. And it didn’t matter what they were, big or small. And, you know what? I had the hardest time! It was like I forgot how to dream! I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted. “I don’t know” kept popping up in my head. I sat there and tried to focus on just anything that I wanted. And my mind would not let me wander. I kept thinking about the stuff I had to and things that needed my attention. And whenever something would come into my mind that I wanted, I would immediately shut it down.
Like, I would love to own a beach home on the east coast. And as I was thinking this, my mind said, why? you live in Texas. What the heck are you going to do with an east coast home? I did this with several of my wants. Like I want to be fashion photographer, but I don’t want to live in New York or LA so how in the world is that going to happen?
As I finished chapter 1 of the book, Terri goes on to explain that as a kid we don’t set limits to our imaginations. We just want what we want. And we aren’t afraid to express that. But somewhere along the way, as we grow into adults, we start to think that they aren’t possible or that we’re being selfish. Or other things get in the why. We take a back seat to what we want and then we forget how to dream.
Again,I took five minutes yesterday morning to try and imagine what I wanted for my life. Because the book says it will get easier the more I do it. Just like a muscle. And my mind was a little more open to just dreaming this time. And not worrying about the hows, whys, and the why nots.
But being clear about my dreams, that’s the hardest part about achieving them. I don’t know how my dreams are going to come true, but I do know that I want them. So I’m going to take that, as a good start. And then take small steps towards those dreams.
I’ll keep you updated on the book as I read along and maybe together we can figure out how to achieve great things.
*I’m not receiving compensation for reading or promoting this book. It’s just something I have been enjoying and thought you might too.