If you want to truly live the life of your dreams, you will need to stop dreaming and start waking up.
And unless you are content with simply existing in dreamland even when you are supposedly awake, you will need to take action in the direction of that dream.
Sometimes we are awakened by a new thought or idea dawning on us like the sun does in the morning. It’s s gentle nudge that causes new action over time.
And sometimes that awakening comes as a result of a clanging alarm jarring us into a new state of awareness. That’s not always a pleasant awakening, but it sometimes is necessary to spur us into action. When you are awakened from a deep sleep by a loud noise, it often creates an emotional reaction, not necessarily a thoughtful response. But it does tend to move you into a different state.
Consider how we are awakening to new action in the world of politics we find ourselves today. It doesn’t occur as if a gentle nudging is going to spur a majority of us into action that brings us together. What appears to be “working” is the clanging alarm making us reactive and angry. Instead of dawning on us, those increasingly outrageous rallies and revolts are doing their best to awake us to conversation that isn’t happening.
Wake up, but don’t be reactive. Instead of waking up swinging, pause, contemplate, discern, and then speak. Be willing to really listen to connect and share insights in dialogue form instead of convincing mode. Don’t dwell on how you woke up, just be grateful you did.
You can’t make a radical difference with your eyes closed.