Dreams. It’s only fitting that I should make my first blog post about dreams. One might ask what is a holistic nutritionist doing talking about dreams? Isn’t this the realm of mystics? Well, I think there’s more to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle than just selling readers on the virtues of kale and apple cider vinegar. By definition, holistic means relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts. So in my book, that’s mind, body and spirit. The whole kit and caboodle. The whole gluten-free organic enchilada. You get the point. And what is more near and dear to our hearts than our dreams… dreams of our future, dreams for our children’s future. As Cinderella said, “Dreams are a wish our hearts make.” To me, that’s holistic.
When I first started my studies at the school of natural nutrition I attended, I was full of dreams. At the time, they seemed very pie in the sky. I didn’t feel like I fit in… I didn’t feel holistic enough. I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do a regular juice fast and that I didn’t drink my water out of a mason jar (shhhh… I still don’t). But like all things, it’s about baby steps. Holding on to the vision, but taking baby steps to get you to your final destination. It’s not about fitting in; it’s about being you and doing what’s right for you and learning all the way.
Back to dreams. I’m very much still working on achieving my dreams. Every day is a step closer. I felt compelled to write about this because I found myself in a position recently where my faith in my dreams felt like it was fading and I wondered, “what the heck do I do now???”. Was I wrong? Is it the wrong dream?
So being a very pragmatic person, rather than freak out I decided to give myself a refresher about achieving dreams that I’ve learned in my travels…
- Never compare yourself to other people. As they say, there is only one you and you have a unique gift to give the world that only you can give (that may be paraphrased somewhat, but thank you #Marie Forleo!)
- Make sure you back your dream up with action. It signals the Universe to get things rolling. Whenever I feel stuck, I do something to move forward. Occasionally, I opt for a glass of red wine, but the action has always been the most fruitful of the two choices.
- Practise awareness. Always be on the watch for opportunities to help bring your dream to fruition. Focus is great, but don’t have tunnel vision. You never know when the right person is right in front of you so you can really kick things into high gear.
- Speaking of focus, stay focused on what you want … not on what you don’t want. It’s easy when things are not going well to focus on the negative. Break this habit. When your attention starts to wander to how much you dislike the way things are, bring it back to how it will feel when you have achieved your dream. That’s the kind of energy you want to generate – positive.
- Be crystal clear on what you want. From here you can break the dream down into do-able action steps… just like a GPS. In times of uncertainty, follow your plan to keep you on your path.
- At moments when you start to doubt the feasibility of your dream, keep your eye on the prize. Don’t waver. Don’t let Negative Nancy make you feel small or unrealistic for having a dream…small, big or otherwise. It’s your dream so don’t let anyone rain on your parade!
This is by no stretch of the imagination exhaustive. But like I said before, it’s all about baby steps. I truly believe dreams are windows to our souls and our inner most desires and aspirations. Don’t we owe it ourselves to go for it with everything we have?