Monday, July 20, 2009

5 Powerful Things You Didn't Know About Daydreaming

When you were a kid, you were taught that daydreaming was bad, weren't you? To be accused of daydreaming was almost like being accused of being lazy. So, you have stopped daydreaming. Big mistake! Let me explain.

“Everything is always created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.” ~ Jim Rohn
Photo Credit: 'Daydream Farm #1' by Michael Galkovsky

Daydreaming is one of the most powerful tools that achievers use. Maybe someone already told you that. What have been your impression when you heard that?

Here are the five powerful things you probably didn't know about daydreaming:

1. The real definition of daydreaming

Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a very authoritative source of definitions, won't you agree? Here's how it defines daydream:

[no obj] : to think pleasant thoughts about your life or future while you are awake
▪ Instead of studying, he spent the afternoon daydreaming about his vacation.

The definition hits the nail right on the head, doesn't it? Pleasant, your life, future ... these are important, right?

But the example of how to use the word is typical of how people around us use it. No wonder we think daydreaming is for lazy people. That leads us to the next powerful thing ...

2. The real value of daydreaming

Jim Rohn said:

“Everything is always created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”

What do you think about that? Very logical, isn't it? I mean, you've seen a building being constructed. Wasn't there a plan before they have started digging?

Before the plan, hasn't there been a concept? Then even before that, hasn't there been an inspiration to create that building?

How about doing that to build the life that you want?

3. The real power of daydreaming

James Lane Allen said it well:

"As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."

Does the quote sound exciting? or does it sound scary? That depends on what your thoughts are today, doesn't it?

This is why daydream purposefully. See yourself five years from now living the life that you really really want. Then see yourself being grateful for daydreaming about all that today.

4. The strategic importance of daydreaming in your daily life

You've read the quote from James Lane Allen. If your thoughts today take you to a place tomorrow, wouldn't it be of strategic importance to make daydreaming a daily habit?

Daydreaming takes only a few minutes, an hour at most if you're absolutely passionate. Half an hour upon waking up and 15 minutes before sleeping would already be great, for as long as you do this routine everyday.

If you daydream about the things that you really want using this routine, you have one more bonus --- it lightens up your day. It gives you a great perspective of the value of what you do today.

5. Daydreaming is a private exercise

Can you list down things you do privately? Stop grinning and just list them down in your mind. Then add daydreaming as #1 in that list.

Daydream privately. Don't allow people to see you closing your eyes and smiling while you raise your hands in front of you as you imagine them holding the steering wheel of your dream car. That's a private exercise, got it?

Live a prosperous life!

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