I often struggled with the "too many dreams" issue until someone recommended the book that finally made sense of it all for me. It helped me to understand this part of me, so I could stop fighting it and work with it. I realized that having many dreams brings joy into my life, and I don't need to choose just one. If you also find yourself having many dreams in life and can't choose just one... then you seriously need to read this book!
THE RENAISSANCE SOUL, by Margaret Lobenstine
LIFE DESIGN for PEOPLE with TOO MANY PASSIONS to PICK JUST ONE
This book ended my struggle of trying to narrow things down to just one dream, and helped me understand that it's just not possible for me. It's a losing battle. Now I'm able to allow myself the freedom to have my varied dreams and goals and to recognize that I can thrive at all of them if I'm willing to do what it takes. I just have to be diligent in making time for each of them and organized enough to fit them all into my life. And have a bit more patience for seeing results at a little slower pace than I would if I only had one dream.
If you are a "renaissance soul" like me, may this book give you the freedom to pursue all of your dreams in life, too. (And for those of you out there that find it easy to have just one dream and really focus on it, reading this book might help you understand your friends and family that just aren't able to, so you can support them in their various endeavors instead of trying to change them into someone they will never be.)
Last year I started a new adventure with my family: rock climbing and rappelling. (Well, our son started a couple of years ago, so he is teaching us.) We got in a few baby lessons last year, and have now got back to it this year with a couple of "real" lessons. This video is our first time climbing up Kootenai Creek (in the Bitterroot Mountains), which is well known around here for rock climbing.
When my son first got into rock climbing, he tried to get me to join him so we could do it together. I told him I found it very intriguing, but it was something I would never be able to do. It took a little time, but that changed. I've been working on challenging the limits I've placed on myself, and this is one of those challenges. :)
Although I'm very new at this, I hope you enjoyed this little video my husband put together for me to share with you. There will be more to come as I progress with my rock climbing and rappelling, and I invite you to follow along with me on this journey. How far I go, I don't know. I've removed my limit on this, so I won't know until I get there. :)
I also hope that this little video will make you think about the limits you have set for yourself. What might you be able to do if you simply gave into the idea that it might be possible?
Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, but when I examine the roles they play in my own life, I find there is an important distinction between the two. I see dreams as the big picture of what you want to do and where you want to be, and goals as the milestones along the way that keep you on course.
We need to have both. If you don't have dreams, how will you know where you're going and what direction to take? If you don't have goals along the way, how will you get there?
So go ahead and dream up the big pictures of where you want to go -- then set goals to aim for those dreams. As you conquer your goals, you will find yourself achieving your dreams. :)
You gotta make time for it. If you wait to find the time when it's convenient, it simply won't happen very often. Something always gets in the way. You need to schedule it and make it a priority. For me, that means making it a habit with scheduling it into my daily routine at a certain time. For one of my clients, it means scheduling it on her calendar on certain days at a specified time. It doesn't matter how you go about it, as long as you schedule it and make it a "must-do".
MAKE IT A ROUTINE.
Routines are something you do on a regular basis, whether that be daily, every other day, weekly, etc. Find what works for you, and then stick with it. If you do something enough times at the designated time you have scheduled for it, it will become routine and you won't really have to even think about it. You just do it whether or not you feel like it. What you feel like doesn't even come into the equation.
I have found that establishing good routines is the best way to develop consistency. But you gotta stick with your routine on a regular basis. Keep your routine going long enough, and you will develop consistency. Then when you must take a break for something unavoidable, you will be wanting to get right back to it as soon as possible.
MAKING REGULAR PROGRESS.
Consistency is what pays off in the form of making regular progress. Keep at it and you will be able to look back and see the amazing progress all of those little bits on a regular basis added up to. It doesn't happen overnight, but if you stay consistent, you will be able to see your progress, which will motivate you all the more to keep going.
If what you have been doing hasn't been getting you to where you want to be, then give it a try. Schedule it. Make it a routine. Develop consistency. Make regular progress. :)
explore. dream. discover.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." --Mark Twain
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