Instead of counting sheep to help me go to sleep at night, I like to daydream (night dream?). It’s been an effective way for me to forget the reality of life, calm my brain, and yes, help me sleep at night.
You may call daydreaming a different type of meditation. Sometimes, my daydreams are frivolous with very little reality involved — candy for my brain. But I also do some deliberate dreaming. I take the time to dream about what I want to be and do, what I want to accomplish.
I talk a lot about being intentional and feel that we also need to be intentional with our dreams. Take some time to ponder what you want to achieve. Write it down. Sketch it out. Create a collage of pictures to visualize it. Tweak it. Arrange it. But then get to work on it.
I just returned from a wonderful intermission vacation with my fabulous wife. We took some time to dream about the next ten years of our life and what we want to do. We came created several drafts and started over a few times. We rearranged it and are getting close to agreeing on it.
Our planning included work, our changing family, vacations, major purchases, home renovation, savings, and working towards retirement. These topics are important to us, and it took a chunk of time coming up with the topics. Then we discussed scenarios. It was helpful just to talk and hear each other’s perspectives. (As a side, perspectives change over time and you might be surprised to find your significant other’s views have changed since you last spoke.)
The Point ?
Take the time to dream. Personally, with your partner, with your family, direct reports, boss, etc. Dreams can and should turn into reality. They should turn into goals and daily tasks. Dreams should be more than helping you get to sleep.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Todd Musig, MBA, has co-authored several books and is an accomplished trainer and teacher.