Tuesday With Michael: Ready, Set, Create Your Dream List!

Man writing in a notebook

We talked a lot about dreaming over the last few weeks and now is the time to take action, If you haven’t already begun writing down your dream list, now is the time to take out the pen and pad.

The key to doing this exercise effectively is to take as little time as possible writing down as many items as possible. Set your timer for 15 minutes and try to write at least 50 items.

To help you get started, consider the following half-dozen questions as guidelines: 

  • What do you want to do? Think about activities, hobbies, new skills you’d like to develop.
  • What do you want to be? What kind of qualities do you want to possess? What strengths do you want to have?
  • What do you want to see? The 7 wonders? Sunrises? Sunsets? Mountains? Volcanoes? Water? Ancient ruins? Name it!
  • What do you want to have? Think about all the things that ever made you say, “I wish I had one of those!”
  • What do you want to experience & who do you want to share it with? 
  • Where do you want to go?
  • What value would you like to contribute? To your family, to your social circle, to the world?
  • What kind of difference do you want to make? What legacy do you want to leave behind?
  • What kind of person must I become to get what I want? 

This is not just an exercise in fantasizing! Dreams can become a reality! No, I’m not just giving you an empty pep-talk. A Dream List is a list of everything you want to do in your life.

Research shows that if you write it down, it is much more likely to actually happen. Writing crystallizes thought and crystallized thought leads to action. I’m not talking typing, either. I’m talking pen to pad, old-fashioned writing.

I encourage you to keep adding to your Dream List. Don’t let your dreams turn into regrets. As we grow up, we lose our ability to dream and use our imagination. Just ask yourself if where you are now was what you had in mind for your future when you were younger.

Now is the time to let your imagination run rampant and go wild, throw off the chains of conformity and mediocrity.  Write your thoughts down uncensored. Don’t pre-judge your ability to do, have, or achieve.  

Make your list as all-encompassing as possible.  

Don’t think about what’s next. Think about right now. We will talk about what to do with this list next week.