As children our imaginations are so vast. We see ourselves becoming astronauts, pilots, and firefighters, and we have all sorts of wild dreams about our futures. We are un-inhibited and contained by nothing and no one. Our imaginations are not forced. They’re free, liberating, and dreamy… the feelings every adult wishes they could hold on to throughout his/her life.

But what happens when we become adults? We stop being dreamers and we start becoming realists. And if we keep dreaming, we get told to ‘grow up’ or ‘be responsible’. And there’s some truth to it, because we do have bills to pay and responsibilities to take care of.

“But can’t we just live in the intersection of dreams and reality?”

I want to take you back to your childhood mind. A mind where you didn’t have a care in the world, where you were really happy (and I mean h-a-p-p-y) and where you had an imagination that made people around you smile with enthusiasm as they watched you discover yourself and the world around you.

How do you hold on to that feeling of discovery and then marry it with being an adult? How do you create a space for you to live with conviction? How do you give yourself the freedom to dream again?

“The most regrettable path of adulthood is simply an inability to dream. Either because we’ve been disappointed before, we’ve lost hope, or we’ve just lost our zest in life.”

I think it’s possible to live many sentiments at once. We can be happy, successful, ever-growing, purposeful, and grateful at the same time. But it’s a deliberate choice we each have to make because it requires commitment. We have to be willing to put in the work and apply ourselves to the journey to keep these five sentiments alive.

There are several different ways to dream again and re-awaken your life:

  • Edit your life: eliminate people and things that do not elevate you. If someone is just nice, that’s great. But is that really your bar?

  • Get clear: find a pen and some paper, be honest with yourself, and write down answers to the following questions: “Where do I feel a void in my life?” “What do I want more of?” “If I had no other commitments in my life what would I be doing right now?”

  • Start dreaming: on the other side of that paper, write down, “What do I want my legacy to be?” “What are my dreams?”

  • Ask for help: most people seldom go on this journey without the aid of a professional resource who can guide their thinking and enable them to make the transition into a world that intersects with dreams and reality

If you’re a student or recent grad looking to expedite your ability to reach your dreams and do truly great things, then the most effective and affordable solution for you is Experiential Insight. We’ve taken the executive coaching model off its pedestal and we’re making it accessible to students and recent grads in a way that is disrupting the student development space.