These are the steps I use in my own process and when supporting students to create their fondest dreams. Please take what you like and leave the rest!
STEPS ON THE PATH OF BIRTHING A DREAM:
The first step is to make sure I (& you) have the spiritual resources. I already have a close tribe and a supportive husband. I have a spiritual director and lots of support from my 12 step participation. I have two collaborative coaches.
What matters, though, is who is on your team?
Step Two is now that I've named this dream, it's time to claim the dream. This is where making a practical plan is essential. It's important to be sure I have the financial, time and energy resources to pull it off.
What is your practical position?
Step Three is to make sure I have the technical/business support I need. These resources include a new web master, social media expert, editor, photographer and a protege'. Who are the members of your business team? How will you create whatever resources you need?
Step Four is to bring together the resources from a lifetime of working in this field. I get to answer the question “what makes me think I can pull this off?” I have a track record of spiritually amazing and financially prosperous businesses in Seattle, Denver and Santa Fe. It doesn't matter, by the way, if this is a new field for you – what does matter is that you look into your experience and see what has already been working in your life and career.
Step Five is to go for it – as the hokey pokey says “to put my whole self in!”
Then, my favorite part – LET IT GO! Surrendering the dream to your own idea of God, is essential. It's time to remember that we are not isolated beings “making things happen”, but rather we are part of a sweet connection with the mystery at the heart of the world. Let the mystery take it from here.
These same steps can be taken for a personal goal. I have worked with students who have used this system to find a husband, move to France, create a new style of parenting, build financial reserves and increase the aspect of play and pleasure in their lives.
Wow, this was fun – I'm looking forward to more sweet connections with you and hope you find something that touches your heart here! Since I intend to offer my first virtual retreat in Fall, if you have suggestions or feedback, that would be so helpful.
All Honor to You,