You Don’t Have to Have Every Answer to Start In on Your Dream
Whenever we have a new idea, there is a fragile moment where we can allow self-doubt or fear keep us from exploring it further. The tricky thing about it is that the fears seem legit. In the worst case scenario, they feel more legit than the possibility of the dream. It’s not all doom and gloom though. We do have a choice whether to listen or not. The truly great thing about becoming aware of your thoughts, is that you can start to see patterns in your thinking that keep you limited, or hold you back from going after what you really want.
I used to succumb to Bob all the time. Bob is the name that I gave my censor. He’s been a real pain at times, but I’ve learned to relegate him to the backseat. He still puts his two cents in whenever I have a new idea, but my authentic self has learned to somewhat ignore him. He’s mostly just blowing off steam and it behooves me to keep this in mind. In fact, I’ve actually learned to pay attention to him in a different way. If he’s just grumbling when I get a new inspiration, then I know the idea isn’t really “big”. It isn’t going to challenge me or help me to grow and develop new skills. However, if he’s having a full out tantrum, well then… I know I just struck gold.
When I dream of my Creative Land in the woods, Bob loses it. Are you crazy?! Where are you going to get that kind of money?! Do you know how expensive land is here?! What makes you think that you can pull something like that off?! Why would creatives just be magically be drawn to you?! Who do you think you are?! *muting Bob’s mic*
You get the idea.
At times, Bob asks some really fair questions and other times, he plays dirty. What I’ve learned is that I don’t have to invite him to the first meeting. That initial dream session is for me alone. Authentic, uninhibited, creative brainstorming is incredibly powerful. I usually find bits of clarity and lay a dream foundation that is then unshakable. Once I have the vision clear in my mind and firmly rooted in my heart, Bob is allowed in the room. He’s very useful once he understands that the dream wagon isn’t turning around because he’s scared. I don’t bother with his over-the-top fear questions but I do pay attention to his practical ones. In this episode, we’ll take a look at a couple of these as they pertain to Creative Land and my dream to live amongst the trees.