By Jackie White
This is the time of year when everyone is talking about goal setting. We all want to wipe the slate clean with the new year and really accomplish those resolutions. It’s all so energizing at first and then it falls off and we go back to doing what we always have done. So, what if we turned this goal setting thing on its ear this year? What if we took an unconventional approach of looking at goals?
Today I want you to be 7 years old. I want you to go back to a time when everything was a wonder. Really get into this thought process, look around and see the absolute magnificence of the world. Nature is mindblowing in itself with it’s blue skies, the twisted branches of the trees, shimmering lakes and the amazement of a sunrise or sunset. Now, shift your attention to what has been man made. The tall buildings standing high over the landscape or the roadways that carry people in cars are feats of engineering skill. We can talk on hand-held devices that provide communication to others who are worlds away. The imagination to think of these things is staggering! If you were 7 and you looked at what the world had to offer, you would see the magic in it all. As adults we see how logically we have gotten to where we are today, but as a kid, it all seems like magic.
And it is.
I know, you are an adult and you don’t believe in magic. Well, hear me out. The magic is in the thoughts and inspiration that dreamed up all that we see and experience on a daily basis. Someone thought of developing a tire, then a car, then the roadways then the connection of the roadways to other cities, which by the way were dreamed up in someone else’s mind. Think about musical scores that were written out of someone’s inspiration or paintings that are works of art we admire. There are teachers who have touched our souls and bus drivers who have brightened our day. The magic is that the creative ideas and expression that once lived only in a person’s mind have now been released. These talents were never meant to stay in a person’s dreams. They were put there to share with the world.
Your dreams are a gift from the Universe. They are as unique as you are. They are the things that interest you and that spark excitement in you! They are what your imagination can conjure up. Ask your 7 year old self about what is in your imagination. You would hear amazing magical ideas! The creativity at 7 is bursting out of you like rays of sunshine! That magic is still in you. It is the hopes and dreams you have for your life. Many of us adults, shove those dreams to the back burner in favor of what logical practical adults do. We think because we are grown ups and we do not play in the realm of dreams and imagination. This is where we really took the wrong road. We have to get back to the magic in ourselves. We have to return to what lights a fire in our soul!
So, you want to be a nurse or maybe a restaurateur or a mechanic? You are thinking what is the magic in that? The magic is that it sparks something inside you. Something unique to you. When you follow your magic, people can feel it. They know you were meant to be a nurse or a restaurateur or mechanic! It always shows when people are following what is their heart. And if others can feel it, you better believe you will feel it. You will feel aligned with what you were always meant to do.
Hopefully you are now seeing and feeling that your magic lies in your dreams. The dreams of what you have always wanted to do or be. Once you begin to pursue those dreams and goals you will release excitement, fulfillment, feelings of contentment and feelings of being true to who you really are. You will finally have a knowing that you aren’t ignoring the magic has been inside of you. You will feel inspired and energized to be on the journey of chasing after your dreams!
Making Dreams Become Goals
To be successful at achieving your dreams, you must make it a goal. Goals are dreams with a plan. You must have a plan to make your dreams come true. Because we decided this year is going to be different, let’s take a look at goal setting and goal getting in a new and exciting way. Jon Acuff in his book “Finish”, speaks to framing our goals in an unconventional way to set ourselves up for success!
Begin looking at your dreams differently. Know they are the magic inside you that you are meant to share with the world. Your special talents can inspire others to live their magic too! Take in Jon Acuff’s unique way to follow your dream’s journey and decide that this year you are going to make your dreams come true!
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Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.