First, a bit of an introduction
I think a big way we grow is by learning more about ourselves. To do this we must constantly be reflecting a light back on ourselves. Why did this upset me? Why did I respond in such a bitter way? Only by self-reflection do we create a pathway for change.
One of the things I have come to know about myself is that I desire structure. I thrive on routines, schedules, and plans. Therefore, to set myself up for success for this free flowing challenge, I decided I would grant myself that much desired structure.
I am a graduate student this year and one of the opportunities granted to me along this pathway is to work with a professor at the Lakehead University Orillia campus. Not to brag, but this year I hit the jackpot and was assigned to work with two amazing women in the Faculty of Education, Frances Helyar and Helen Dewaard (who is also doing this challenge). My main task for these educators is to release a weekly podcast for the faculty, which I have set up to focus around a new word each week (see, structure).
I thought this was the perfect opportunity to be able to write a blog post simultaneous to the podcast and incorporate the word of the week in a reflective way. So, here we are with the word dream.
Dare to dream
Deadlines and commitments. This is what Dan Pallotta tells us are the very two things we need to achieve our dreams.
Pallotta suggests, "we are born to dream and we might die without ever having the chance." I know I have dreams, and I know you do too. We tend to look at what I am going to call our "safe gifts" are. You know the gifts we were born with that will land us a stable career, make us financially secure, and allow us to fit in with a respectable group of friends. But what about your dreams? The dreams that use your "risky gifts" and might not offer you all of the frills of a comfortable life. Why don't we pursue those? Well, my thought is that it boils down to two main reasons: fear and time.
What if you took the advice of Pallotta and made yourself a commitment with a deadline? What if you dared to follow your dreams?
Follow my fellow Lakehead 9x9x25 bloggers:
Helen Dewaard - http://extending.hjdewaard.ca/category/9x9x25-blogging-challenge/
Steven Secord - http://teachingbythebay.ca