Why You Should Consider Dreaming Less This Week

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β€œI believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”Β
― Robert Fulghum,Β All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

 
 

So I started reading a book sometime last week.
For months, all I’ve been able to read were Blog Posts and PDF’s as long as they didn’t exceed 100 pages at most.
For someone who read The DaVinci Code before turning twelve, that’s rather shameful.
And so I’ve been clearing my schedule, spending less time online and more time in the real world.
I’ve set aside three mighty and fat books to finish before Christmas and I started with Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
It’s a really old book apparently, but a revised and updated version is available today.
Have you by any chance come across it?
I have my copy of the book here on LemonsLemonade’s Instagram account, plus a couple of my favorite, kinda old items that I remembered this weekend if you’re curious — thanks to my love for daydreaming and reminiscing.
(You’re following, right? We follow back as long as your account doesn’t look shady, pinky promise.
Psst — here’s my personal account too!)
I’m a bit past halfway so there’s still so much to pick from it, but one thing that is emphasized so greatly is how being able to imagine in our heads is the key to everything else.
Imagining.
Cooking up ideas.
Your mind needs to kick-start it.

And so as I read, I thought; “That’s my area of strength!”
And it’s true — well, kinda.

For as long as I can remember, making use of my imagination was a favorite pastime.
I could lie in bed for hours and literally be having the time of my life.
This helped me a lot as I had a really boring childhood.
I’d visit the beach, eat my favourite ice cream and BBQ chicken with Ariana Grande and stroll around Beverly Hills in my customized designer outfit, all from my bed.

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That exciting.
 
 
Then after I grew up a bit, I became a renowned writer and motivational speaker touring around the world in her private jet with the love of her life and her twins.

You get my drift.

And so as I started to read that book last week, I kept thinking to myself:
“This is starting to look like a waste of my time, I already know all of this!
I use my imagination alot.
Okay, onto the next book — Christmas is in less than two months.”
But then as I closed the book and crawled into bed, understanding dawned on me.
I had zero idea about what was being talked about!

Now, while I really do have an imaginative mind and everyone around me never fails to point it out, as I meditated on what I had just read and on all that I’ve ever daydreamed about, I started to see that I am still held back by the fact that I see too much of it as simply “Day dreaming.”
I really didn’t have much faith in most of them, and the worst part?
I had come to the point of enjoying this hobby of mine so much that it was starting to be more than enough for me.
At least a bit of pleasure in my head.
Not bad.

That’s really bad!
It’s not even enough to say: “Okay, I really do want this to come to be as real as my bedroom wall.”
It’s faith, and it’s a burning desire.
Those two things cannot be missing from the equation.
Now even though I do want to travel around the world as a speaker and a writer, well loved and happy with a family, thing is, before this understanding sinked in, if things turn out to be me being recognized to an extent in my community alone, I would probably have gone “Oh well, I did well with myself. Not bad at all.”
And when I get some spare time,Β  I’d most likely go back to daydreaming.
But I’m tired of daydreaming.
Daydreaming becomes a lot less fun when others have been capable of pulling theirs into the real world.
Daydreaming is too short.
You deserve something that would last your entire lifetime!
But you can’t do that if you hold no faith in the possibility of them coming to be or you don’t desire it well enough.
My dictionary defines desire to mean, “to request, to demand, to claim.”
The word is gotten from a phrase “de sidere”, meaning “from the stars”.
And that made so much sense to me.
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No wonder it looks like the entire universe is forced to work with someone determined with every ounce of strength to succeed, no matter howΒ  many setbacks, how many discouragements or how far off the goal stillΒ  seems to be.
Trust in your ability to bring it to be.
They don’t have to exist only when you close your eyes.
Have faith, have hope, have courage, have a new and specific sort of plan, think massively,don’t be scared of failing or embarrassing yourself!

And so now, everytime I catch myself about to drift off to daydream mode and I start feeling it too much, I drag myself out of it.
And then I go:
“If you want to enjoy that Ima, you’re going to have to drag that out as well or do without it.”
We all have dreams, but wake up already!
Stop wishing, stop hoping, stop daydreaming,stop fantasizing.
Don’t leave the possibility of breaking through to luck and chance and fortune.
Too many people are relying on that already.
Don’t be like the rest of them.
Desire that dream bad enough.
Because dreams do come true.
Ask the biggest Inventors (not literally unfortunately),like Guglielmo Marconi, whose “friends” went to the extent of putting him in a mental home when he told them his plans, that contributed greatly to what we have as Radio and other signal transmittions through air.
Crazy right?
Only in DreamWorks Productions right?
Wrong.
Stop dreaming if that’s all you do.
Stop planning.
Stop waiting for the “perfect time.”
Stop “working on it.”
Get out there. And do something with it.

And so I’m getting back to my amazing book as soon as I hit publish on this, and if something hits me again, I’d be sure to write an article on it.

Did I make much sense to you? Was any of this relatable?
Let’s talk through the comments section.
Pretty please?

Have a great week, darlings.
Achieve your goals, dream big, facing fears
No more waiting, go make magic happen!

 
Delicious Yours To Savour,
LemonsLemonade.com.

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  • I’m with you. I see exactly what you’re saying and I need to follow suit. Well said.

  • Nifesimi

    Word(wake up)…really nice Ima…I love this one

    • Yup, I remind my myself everyday when I’m dreaming too much πŸ˜€
      Thank you darling!

  • Just discovered your site via one of the Facebook blogger groups I’m involved with. Looking forward to looking around and checking out more of what you do! πŸ™‚

    • Aww thank you Krista Dial
      Definitely going to be checking out your site now πŸ™‚

  • I agree: get out there and start doing what you love! If you wait too long, it might be too late, and that would stink.

    • Oh yes, yes it will.
      I think that understanding sinked in for me on time fortunately.
      Thanks for reading!

  • Honestly whenever I think of intense dreaming, I think of Inception and how mind blown I would be if that were remotely real or our dreams were a completely alternate universe where reality was a dream and our dreams were reality.

    In a more realistic sense, yes, proactivity is majorly important to accomplishing most everything you want or need in life. Too many people expect it to come to them and are merely dreamers instead of DO-ers.

    • Yeah
      And sometimes it’s simply just laziness or fear or one of those other silly emotions we need to curb.

  • blair villanueva

    Dreaming and working on your dreams is the best way possible!

  • I’ve come to this realization in the past few days as well! I have big dreams, but the only way they’ll come to fruition is if I get up and DO IT. Thanks for giving me an extra kick. =)

    • Exactly, no more wishing and waiting!
      And you’re welcome πŸ™‚

  • This is so motivational for a Monday ! I totally needed this because I’ve been slacking lately with putting my dreams on hold. Thank you!!

    • And I hope this keeps helping from now on.
      Thanks for reading!

  • That’s so true. I dream a lot and find myself at times dreaming more than taking action. Then find myself upset and frustrated. While thinking positive and visualizing your dreams is important you also have to take action:)

    • Yeah, it’s so easy to get lost in all that dreaming sometimes πŸ˜€

  • It’s imperative to read books! Especially in this day and age where everything is about social media… no one has the attention span to focus on something for more than 5 mins.

    • Sadly true, my generation is in trouble, I say πŸ˜€

  • Mal

    What a great angle, thanks for sharing your thoughts! Thankfully, I’m dreaming less lately and making goo use of my time, but there’s always room for improvement!

    • That’s great, and yup, there is always room for doing better with yourself πŸ™‚

  • What a cute post. I really like your perspective in things.

  • Definitely agree with doing what you love, i love to dream but nees to be patient even though im working hard on those dreayms it takes time i have to remember it would be alot worse if i was doing something i hated!

    • Yeah that’s true
      Dreams do take a lot of work, consistency and time to come to be.
      Thanks for reading!

  • I’m quite a “dreamer” as well but I’ve learned that these “dreams” are more than just that. I can make them as real as I’d like them to. ☺️

    • Yes, we do have the power to do just that if we truly desire to!

  • I’m with you on the book thing. I feel like I’ve been so caught up in this blogging community and there’s always more to do to perfect the blog or design the blog and so it feels like any free time is dedicated to this and networking with other bloggers. I need to get back into reading again! I miss it!

    • I know right?
      It can all be so consuming, I’m so busy on the days I publish my fingers get slightly sore — like today!
      I’ve seriously been working on it, I hope you can too πŸ™‚

  • I’m the same way! I love reading, but all I’ve been able to get through lately are blogs and short posts!

    • Lol
      Well I hope you make out the time to too, the best writers are always the best readers like they say!

  • Raquel Serrano

    I’m an avid daydreamer, but this last year has taught me to get my dreams out of my head. I actually have my second session with my business coach tomorrow πŸ™‚

    • Aww, great work Raquel!
      It’s so good that you’re working towards your goals, and I wish you the very best of luck with them πŸ™‚

  • I love this post! Motivation and inspiration are what keep me going. Living your dreams is what life is all about! You said it perfectly!

    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

    • Yup, that’s what it’s about!
      Enough with the dreaming, time to work them out accordingly.
      Thanks for stopping by, Beth!

  • I am a huge daydreamer myself but I have stopped restricting my wants and day dreams to just my head. Some I have moved into the real world and others I am happy to keep in dream world lol

    • Lol I know right
      Like me hanging with Ariana, I’m okay with that staying there too πŸ˜€

  • I can’t stop dreaming, dreaming of moving back to Canada, dreaming of skiing knee-deep powder, dreaming of a pint in my favourite pub. Time to put the dreams into action.

    • Lol yup
      It’s time, Mike Cotton — go get them πŸ™‚

  • I love that attitude, Ima! Just get out there and do something with our dreams! Sometimes, I get too caught up in perfecting my dreams, that… they just stay dreams instead of becoming reality! Making note – just do something about it!

    • Exactly, it’s so easy to get caught up with it and sooner or later you’d start to wonder where all that time flew off to and how little you did with it.

  • Ola

    Most things – when done in moderation – can be good. This includes daydreaming. The trick is to make it purposeful, to do something with it. You’ve done a great job of pointing that out.

    • I like that you used the word purposeful.
      That’s so true, not mindless daydreaming — thanks for chipping this in πŸ™‚

  • Totally agree! Sometimes dreaming is easier and more comfortable, but that has to change. I have so many ideas to implement in life! Thank you for sharing!

    • Oh yes, definitely much more easier, but that’s really not enough.
      And you’re welcome!

  • I don’t know the last time I daydreamed. I live in reality and leave the daydreaming and big dreams to my kids. There is still hope for them. Whatever I missed out on maybe my kids will experience it and share with me.

    • That’s a great way to look at life, Rose
      Really unique perspective πŸ™‚
      Thanks for reading.

  • This is so motivating! I’m such a big day dreamer and that’s about where it ends. Thanks for sharing! ☺️

    • I hope it helps you want to chase your dreams now, thank you for reading!

  • I like the color of your blog. So fun! We just need more motivation to make things happen. It takes time. Dreams do come true. I wished to be able to work at home and now I am. It was not easy at the beginning but I was really determined. I know that working at home will give me more time to do other things. I persevered and reached out to a lot of people like recruiters, friends, former colleagues etc. Finally, I was able to convince someone to offer me an online work with her company. I am very grateful with this opportunity.

    • I’m glad you like it, thank you Iza Abao
      And wow, well done!
      Working from home and making a reasonable amount to take care of a home is something a lot of people can only dream about — good for you πŸ™‚

  • Oooh new instagram to follow- can’t wait to see your posts. I really need to get my a-money-money in gear and get things done after reading this.

    • Hehe can’t wait to see yours too Meg Kerns πŸ™‚
      And I hope you can!

  • I swear I could have written this post because everything you said about imagination and spending so much time waiting for the perfect time. It is still a favorite hobby of mine (at 30-years-old), but what’s more important is realizing how much of it can actually become REAL if we pursue them. Things may not end up just like we imagined, but we have to reach for the stars!

    • Lol aww
      Well a woman can dream too πŸ˜€
      And yeah, so much can happen when we reach for the stars!

  • Great read, I am working on this! I have to be more of a go-getter and get things done instead of dreaming about them only.

    • And I hope you do just that Ty
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • That was always an issue for me. I’ll have so many ideas and never putting in action until I realized it’s now or never.

    • Exactly, there is so little time allocated to us, we shouldn’t just let it go to waste.

  • This was a nice kick in the butt πŸ˜‰ <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Lol, and I hope that’s more of a good thing πŸ˜€

  • Wishing and dreaming will take you so far but hard work and determination will get you there! Love this post!

    • Exactly, you need to work it out to reality!
      Thank you Ellie!

  • Sometimes it’s easier to dream and plan for the future instead of allowing it to happen. A lot of the wonderful things in my life have happened without planning. I started a family and my own online business without ever thinking it was something that needed to be planned. It all just happened with time and lots of love and dedication.

    “Trust in your ability to bring it to be.” — I love this line!

    • Hmm that’s a great reminder
      Thank you for adding this, and I’m glad you loved that line πŸ™‚

  • Have you ever read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne? If not, I think it is a must, you would absolutely love it. It speaks to the power of the mind and how you can be and do anything through manifestation. You can imagine something easily, but it is the believing, the feeling of already receiving what you’ve imagined that will call it into your life. I highly recommend it!

    • Yesss, Victoria. πŸ˜€
      The Secret is sitting in my bookshelf right now!
      I love that book — my dad got it for me months back, but I’m taking my time to really digest it, it’s epic!

  • I can’t say much…… God bless you richly even as you bless us.

  • I myself am I daydreamer. I used to spend way too much time in my head that I forgot to live my life. But then somehow reality got better and I stopped daydreaming, I started living. But even now I catch myself doing that, imagining things and similar. But I don’t think that you should stop doing that completely. Having your own world can sometimes help you get together, rethink your choices and relax your mind. Just try to not spend too much time inside your head. You have to balance it πŸ™‚

    • You are so right, finding that balance is what’s needed.
      Thank you!