Last year I spoke to the local chapter of American Association of University Women about achieving your dreams. I’m not a big fan of public speaking—who is?—but the women were super friendly and the talk went well. Recently someone who went to the talk said she still thinks about some of the things I said. Wow. I’m always happy when my words, either spoken or written, make an impact on someone.
In my talk I discussed the concept of creative visualization. It’s a tool I’ve used to make my dreams come true. It boils down to this: figure out what you want and start taking baby steps to get there. Simple, right?
Not always. One time I was teaching a writing class, and I assigned a creative visualization exercise called Dream Day. I asked my students to go home and write about the most perfect day they could envision. Where would they wake up? Who would be beside them? What would they do? The exercise is meant to be written in present tense as if you are actually waking up in this new life and experiencing this dream day as it happens.
One of my students came to class the following week and said she couldn’t do the exercise because she couldn’t figure out what she wanted her perfect day to be like. It was a huge wake-up call for her. She realized that she would have difficulty finding happiness in life if she didn’t know where to look for it.
I know, it’s a rare person who knows exactly what they want to achieve. Most of us drift through life, sometimes getting caught in a storm or swept up in a current, but mostly just bobbing along and enjoying the ride. But what if the current isn’t taking you where you want to go?
That’s when creative visualization comes in. Envision what you want, write it down, and start taking action steps to achieve it. It’s not rocket science. You have the power to be who you want to be. You just have to want it badly enough.
This month’s Tidewater Women features our semi-annual Women in Business special advertising section. I love reading the stories about local women entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams and hope you like them, too. I know you will find the stories inspiring and empowering.
It’s what we try to do every month in Tidewater Women: bring you stories about women who are making a difference in our community and beyond.
If you’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately, try the creative visualization exercise mentioned above. Just search for Dream Day on Tidewater Women’s website (www.tidewaterwomen.com). Let your imagination go wild as you create your most perfect day. Then make it happen. I know you can.