Do you remember when you were a child and how much fun you had playing make believe?

What if there were more to all that time and energy spent pretending?

When I was a little one I was into wrapping my hair in a towel (to give the illusion of long luxurious hair of course) and singing wildly and passionately into a hairbrush.  I had a captive audience of neatly lined up dolls and stuffed animals that adored my heart felt renditions of Joy to the World and Lean on Me.  That was my jam!

Fast-forward about 20+ years to a local community theater production of Guys and Dolls.  My mother was sitting right there right in the front row crying her eyes out.  Not because my performance as a Hot Box Girl was so moving, but because she was witnessing me achieving my childhood dream of performing on stage, in front of a captive audience of living, breathing people.

… But it doesn’t last long.

If you’re like me, somewhere between childhood and adulting you allowed your “busy” life to take over.  You got sucked into the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities and the passionate dreamer in you slowly withered away.  Sound familiar?

It doesn’t have to be that way!

 “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” – Robert Fritz

All it takes is some intentional time spent allowing your mind to expand and play in the realm of ideal and possibility.  When you allow yourself to create a powerful vision your life will naturally be pulled into alignment with that vision.

Don’t believe me?  Try it.  Here’s how I work with my VIP coaching clients to create a powerful vision:

4 steps to take to live your vision out loud:
  1. Ignore your inner critic. That voice inside your head that brings up all the reasons why your vision is selfish, wrong, won’t work, etc IS NOT your voice.  It’s the voice of fear.  Ignore it!  Your passionate and wise inner voice wants you to dream and explore in a very big way.
  1. Create vision outside the lines. Now that you’ve stifled the inner critic it’s time to go crazy and dream BIG!  What would you create in your life if there were no limiting factors and you knew you wouldn’t fail?  DO NOT PLAY IT SAFE!  Dream outside the proverbial lines.  And when you think you’ve created the ultimate… go bigger!
  1. Create your vision in HD. Now that you’ve got this big juicy vision let’s take it to the next level by making it come to life.  We’re talking going from the VHS version to HD baby!  Spend time filling in the little details:  Where are you living?  Who are you with?  How do you feel?  What does your daily routine look like?  What’s better in your life (be specific)?
  1. Make it visible on a daily basis. Now that you’ve got this vivid vision try creating a vision board around it and posting it where you can see it on a daily basis.  Try posting quotes or mantras that inspire you to live out your vision on your bathroom mirror or set reminders on your cell phone.  Anything you can do to remind yourself of your dream will play a big part in keeping it alive.

Big Bold & Brave Challenge

Now that you’ve followed the 4 steps to live your vision out loud it’s time to take it to the next level.  Use the voice recorder on your smart phone or computer and record yourself describing your life as it will be 2,5, or 10 years from now if you live out your vision.  The only rule is that you MUST speak in the present tense ex.  I am living in….   I make $xxxx per year….  My family is….  If you speak in the present tense it’s already happened and your inner critic doesn’t have a chance to hijack your vision 🙂

Keep talking until you have nothing left to say.  I do this exercise with every one of my VIP clients and they always start out slow but build momentum as they go.  When there’s nothing left to say, stop talking.

Now go back and listen to your recording and as you’re listening be aware of what feelings come up for you as you hear yourself describing your life.  Don’t be surprised if it brings tears to your eyes and remember that this is your soul talking to you!

In closing…

After my performance in Guys and Dolls I went on to perform, direct, and manage dozens of theater productions over the years, and even parlayed that to speaking to motivated leaders in the business world about living their passion and purpose out loud.  The vision was strong for me and I feel like I was being drawn into what I wanted most.

What about you?  Which dream or vision are you putting on hold?  Make a commitment to yourself to exercise your dream muscle and share your experience here in the comments section or join the conversation on Facebook.  It’s time!

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