11 Questions to Kickstart Your Dream

Want to give your vision a jumpstart? Write down your goals and use these questions to speed up achieving your dream.

1. What's your highest priority this lifetime?

What's most important for you to experience, explore or embrace? Until you answer this question, your life goals will be off purpose. Unaligned with your inner passion, your intentions will lack the power to attract the people and situations necessary to become a reality.

What brings you real joy? What activities lit you up as a child? What are your hobbies now? When your goals are aligned with your soul purpose, synchronicity kicks in to guide you to your target.

2. Is this your dream, or someone else's?

Are your goals your own choice, or what others think you should strive for? Do you want to look back in your old age and wish you had followed your passion? Will you regret having "played it safe"?

It's not selfish to go after your own dream. What joy can you give to others if you haven't given it to yourself first?

You have a  right to listen to your heart, and a social obligation to follow your dream. Only then can you fulfill your destiny and make the contribution you were born to make.

3. Do you really, really want this dream?

Do you bound out of bed every morning to pursue your vision? Or is it a lukewarm dream you chase because it sounds meaningful?

4. Are you settling for less than?

Are you resigned to accepting less than your full share of love, health and success this lifetime? Have you compromised and sacrificed your dream? Anything short of living your true passions will never make you happy.

5. Is your dream actually just a means to some other dream?

Is your goal the ultimate end in itself, or merely a limited means to that end? Is it really a new car or a new house your want, rather than a renewed sense of self-worth? And isn't it really happiness you want, rather than the picture-perfect partner, job or body?

Focus on the experience you want to create, not the physical form that may, or may not, bring you that experience.

6. What will you feel like when you reach your dream?

Personal passion fuels a vision. Dive into the thrill and exhilaration of the feeling of living your dream. Every moment you can, drink in the joy of having your goal.

There's a saying that goes, "Where your creative attention flows, so flows your life". Is your daily attention feeding your dream? Do you know where your creative excitement is flowing?

7. How will you benefit from getting your dream?

Get specific about the benefits you'll receive from achieving your vision. Write down these pluses so they will sink in as motivators. What exactly would happen if you made a lot of money doing something you love? How would you approach your life differently if you allowed people to love and support you? What would you do with more vitality and health?

8. What steps can you take today toward your dream?

Don't defer your dream. Set up supports and systems around you to instantly translate your intentions into action. Jump on every opportunity that is in line with your purpose and vision.

Keep the momentum going. No matter how hectic life gets, pledge to take at least one action a day. Even the smallest actions - jotting down a new idea, reading a single page, or making one phone call - can start to add up.

Are there smaller projects that lead to your larger dream that can give you pleasure in the meantime? If the dream is to run a marathon, train for a local fun-run first. And find a way to measure your progress. Track those little wins by writing in a journal or telling a friend.

9. Are you telling yourself you I can't have my dream?

Most people don't believe they can live their dream. Either their belief system has them believing they can't make a living doing what they love, or they feel they don't deserve their dream. To avoid the pain of feeling they can't have their dream, people often keep their dream so buried they can't remember they ever had one.

Everyone has a dream! And everyone is destined to fulfill that purpose. Why wait?

10. Do you really need to accomplish your dream?

Do you really need to achieve your goals to be happy? Ironically, when you no longer give a hoot if the exact "picture" of your dream comes true, that's when you have a much better chance of being in the right mindset to be truly happy. When you relax your grip on the exact way your future "has" to unfold, you're open to more flexibility in how your wishes can be fulfilled.

And, on a higher plane, what if the essence of who we are is enough?

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