Everyone has dreams and it is of no consequence how big those dreams are or how small. How you approach your dreams either makes them become reality or remain a daydream. There has to be steps taken for a dream to become reality. Just waiting for the Universe to bless you will never work, let’s face it – even if you dream of winning the lottery – you still have to buy that ticket! Of course providence and being in the right place at the right time also comes into play but usually it also means that some type of action was taken to place you in that space.
Often we will put all our effort into something only for it to not work out. This happens frequently, however it regularly turns out that something better is just around the corner out of sight. When this happens you will usually hear “Wow that worked out for the best.”
The five behaviours I am going to discuss are the ones we use consciously or subconsciously to block our dreams.
1. Not Taking Responsibility:
Stop blaming other people for your shit! Your parents, siblings, husband, girlfriend, boss or co-workers are not responsible for your choices. We all have histories and we have all made mistakes – so own yours. You don’t have to take the blame for other peoples choices only your own. Sometimes we react to circumstances and people in such a way that we sabotage ourselves, a “cut your nose to spite your face” scenario. Inevitably we have some hand in the circumstances so we have to take a good hard look at our role and take responsibility without judgement of ourselves or others. You will find that all the drama will evaporate when you deal with the facts leaving you open to heal your wounds.
2. Not Taking Action:
Procrastination and laziness are dream serial killers. Talking up a storm about how you are going to make something happen is never going to bring it to fruition, you have to take action! An example might be that you want to eat better, so you go to the store and buy healthy choices and look for healthy recipes only to flop down on the couch and get take out. The food rots away in the fridge to be thrown into the garbage. Of course we have excuses – I was too tired, I had a tough day at work, the kids drove me mad – but none of these are really valid if we value ourselves and our dreams. Stop allowing excuses and justifications to ruin your dreams, make a commitment to yourself and your dream and take action!
3. Break From Reality:
Living in the past or in the future will kill your dreams every time. When we dwell on the past our story is ever present. Stories stir up emotion and confuse the brain. We start to project the same outcome as we have had in the past and it forces us to hold onto patterns. Living in the future is just as destructive it makes us believe that if circumstances would somehow change then we will be happy. You can however be happy now just by seeing reality for what it is and being grateful for what you have. Worry has never solved a single problem, only action does and if there is nothing that can be done then acceptance of your reality is all there is. Upon acceptance you will feel a weight lift off your shoulders, your emotions will calm down and your brain will clear opening the door to a new understanding of the problem and a new path to take.
4. Having No Integrity:
What does integrity mean? It means to have a quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It is a state of being whole and undivided. Lies will stop dreams in their tracks. The worst kind is the lies you tell yourself. All the justifications that we have when we don’t act from a place of integrity cause negative energy around us, within ourselves and with others. When your word can’t be trusted energy can’t move. What we think and say is the driving force behind the energy we send out into the universe. Lies cause chaos! When we stop lying to ourselves and/or others, energy starts to flow and the universe starts to move in your favour.
5. Self-Importance / Self-Pity:
Two sides of the same coin. You can’t have self-pity without self-importance. This is a difficult concept for most – I know I struggled with it for a while. Self-importance makes us believe that rules don’t apply to us and that we are entitled. It is that entitlement that blocks dreams because it makes us believe that we don’t have to put any effort in. Think about what we call the “Entitled Generation” – they are so used to just getting what they want, often without deserving it that it becomes their nature. If this behaviour is not rectified it can shift into narcissism and in extreme cases become a disorder. To clarify I am not referring to self-esteem or self-worth – these two traits are essential to make dreams come true.
Self-pity on the other hand allows you to wallow in your misery. It is a way to indulge in our inability to calm our emotions and break with our past. It blocks our healing process and keeps us caught in all the situations where we believe we were the victim. We remain victims of our past and our actions and attract negative energy and stagnation. Often we find ourselves surrounded by negative people as a result. When we believe that everything and everyone is against us we will not act because we are fear driven. Dreams are not born from fear but from courage; courage to heal, to step into the unknown and to take up the challenge and move forward.
How do you block your dreams? Which of these behaviours do you practice, all or just some? Do you fluctuate between self-pity and self-importance? I believe these to be interesting questions. If we can be truthful with ourselves we can get a glimpse of where we sabotage our dreams and take steps to rectify our thoughts and actions. It is hard work but so worth it!