Turning Pipe Dreams into Reality

4 May

Have you ever had a great idea or dream that seemed so inspiring and at the same time, so far-fetched you knew you’d never reach for it?  Do you remember how good it felt to have this fantasizing thought?  I’m not talking about anything sexual, although those thoughts could fit into this category.  My focus is about dreams of what you want to do, where you want to go, what you want to BE, or visioning yourself free of an obstacle or challenge in your life that seems impossible to let go of.

Pipe Dreams

The dictionary meaning of this phrase means: “an unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme”. These kind of dreams are created in a fully conscious state. We may use them to buffer inquiries from others and to protect ourselves from individuals getting a little too close to fears or weaknesses we are carrying. We can also use them internally to pretend we are making progress to move away from something, when in reality we aren’t doing anything.  We can even use them as a bandaid to help cope with painful emotions or situations.

How many of us dream with no intention or belief of achieving it? “It sounds good…and one day it may be possible,…but not today”.

Dreams are thoughts, objectives, goals or visions (I’ll use these terms interchangeably in this discussion), focused and/or projected to the future… they are what may be or could BE. They help motivate us to continue forward, especially when life is tough and exhausting. They are extremely important as thoughts connect the conscious and subconscious minds to focus our energy on the next step. Put another way: Your body doesn’t normally move an inch without the subconscious managing that movement based on YOUR intention of movement. Of course, neuro-pathways can get crossed through drugs or illness, but normally our body responds to the inner impulses of our thought communication.

Be careful…there is a fine line between visioning/imagining thoughts with notions of achievement or dreaming with no intention or belief that you will EVER achieve.

The first step is to access your dream. Feel the dream with you in it.

Ask yourself, “Do I believe I can make it happen?” Can you see yourself as more than an observer of it?

If your answer is “no”…ask yourself, “What do I need to achieve it? Does the goal need to be modified?” Maybe the vision needs to be scaled down into manageable steps. What’s the first step you can take to move in the direction of your dream?

Believe in the magic of positive future-based thought. The impossible will never be possible without dreaming and believing in your ability to achieve. And even if you never fully achieve, you will be more than you would have been only dreaming a pipe dream.