Follow Your Dreams: The Ultimate Guide

Dreams sound like fantasy. Something that you want or desire becomes your dream. Interestingly, we have to be clear about what sort of dream are we talking about. There is one dream that we have while sleeping.

Those dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur usually involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. These kinds of dreams may or may not be your desires but they usually occur in our sleep due to the things we witness or because of memories.

Another type so of dream that we are about to talk here are the dreams we grow up with. These dreams are the reason for our survival. These are desires, luxuries, things, people or even accomplishments which we look on to.

It is important to understand the difference between a dream and a desire. A desire can be a dream but a dream may or may not be a desire. Desires can be lust for something, passion for career or materialistic needs. Desires usually vary from person to person and differs age-wise as well.

A small 10 year kid may desire for a Hot Wheels car where as a 50 year old guy may dream for a real luxury car. Definitely, a dream can be big or small, short termed or even a long term desire to attain something.

Here is a video explanation of why we dream:

Talking in general there are 5 main types of dreams: day dreaming, normal dreams, false awakenings, nightmares and lucid dreams. These are all different types of hypnotic states which introduce us to the phenomenal world of lucid dreaming.

Déjà vu attributes the feeling of having seen or experienced something or dreamt about a similar situation or place previously, and forgetting about it until you seem to be mysteriously reminded of the situation or the place while awake in the present situation. It might give shudders and leave you out there perplexed.

Day dreaming is more of a memory or a visionary fantasy of some ideas, thoughts for few happy moments, hopes, ambitions etc., experienced while awake.

Day dreamer usually refer to milder imagery, realistic future planning, review of past memories or just “spacing out“—i.e. one’s mind going relatively blank—when they talk about “daydreaming.”

Hallucinations are another kind of dreams. Hallucinations are perceptions in a conscious and awake state, in the absence of external stimuli, and have qualities of real perception, in that they are vivid, substantial, and located in external objective space.

Sometimes one may experience progressive dreams that are like a sequence of dreams that continue for a period of nights. Such dreams are problem-solving dreams and help to explore different options and various approaches to a problem, situation or relationship.

Nightmares are unwanted, unpleasant dreams that lead cause stress, usually waking you up in sweat, tension or a severe headache. Nightmares arouse strong negative response from the mind like fear or horror, despair and anxiety leaving you behind in great sadness.

Night-terror is a parasomnia disorder and is different from nightmares. It predominantly affects children causing fear or terror.

Lucid dreaming is the conscious perception of one’s state while dreaming. The dreamer has a degree of control on his actions within the dream.

Interestingly:

In a lucid dream the dreamer knows that he is dreaming. 

It is possible to communicate with the dreamer during his lucid dreaming using eye signal to map the subjective sense of time of dream and through the electrical activity of brain.

why should you keep a dream journalKeeping A Dream Journal

In lucid dreaming, it’s important to keep a dream journal. It helps you remember dreams when you wake up in the morning. Here are few steps that will help you maintain a dream journal.

Step 1

Keep a separate notebook to record your dreams. Keep it within arm’s reach of the bed. Dreams fade quickly on awakening so you need to write them down as soon as you wake.

Step 2 – Note down the date of your dream

Then write down everything you can remember. Write everything in the present tense (eg “I am walking down the street when a frog jumps out of the bushes”). This helps with remembering dreams by putting you in the moment.

Step 3 – Identify dream themes

Think about the location, characters, sensations, sounds, objects and emotions of the dream.

Step 4 – Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation and grammar

As long as you can read it back later and it still makes sense, you are fine.

Step 5 – Sketch any strong images from the dream

It doesn’t matter if you’re not an artist.

Step 6

When you have finished, jot down any major life issues that are going on right now. For instance, you may be suffering from a broken heart. Over time, you will be able to link your unconscious dream symbols with real life issues.

Step 7

Give the dream an appropriate title. It can be something simple that just helps you reconnect back to it.

Dream Analysis

It is important to analyze and interpret the dream because dreams always follow a theme.

Visuals: Dreams are highly psychedelic, that means they are like bizarre which continuously blends into each other.

Emotions: The most experienced emotion while dreaming is anxiety. Other emotions vary with the type of dreaming like anger, fear, terror, happiness etc.

Color: Interestingly, dreams can be colorful or even black and white.

Dream interpretations can be a result of subjective ideas believes and experiences. People believe that dreams reveal meaningful hidden truths.

how can you have a lucid dreamHow To Discover Your Dream?

As mentioned before, dream can be a desire or a wish as well. These are known as voluntary dreams. Every person has a purpose of living and it’s important that we figure out what exactly is your dream. A dreamless person lives a meaningless life because everyone needs an anchor.

  1. Discover your hobbies and areas of interest. It helps you realize your talent.
  2. Discover your area of compatibility that can you work alone or in a team. What sort of work area you actually like to work in? What kind of people can you associate well with? Analyzing yourself helps you understand your dream better.
  3. It’s important to understand what gives you happiness. One should always pursue the thing one finds the most happiness in.
  4. Do a little brainstorming and list down all your passions. It will help you choose a right and the best possible direction by creating a clear vision and an easy road-map.
  5. Practice hard on your passions; get inspirations and wok on self-motivation. It helps to give a good kick start to the right dream. Set the time for each day and work on your dreams once you are sure that it is the dream that you wish to pursue.

Why Should You Follow Your Dream?

It is important to follow your dream as it gives your life a meaning. It keeps you positive and on the track. Dreams make life worth living. They help you cope up with the bad days and keeps you optimistic in life. They also tell us that dreamless persona is lifeless.

When you are motivated and excited about pursuing your dreams, you’ll attract other people who have the same values and interests. The more you surround yourself with high achievers, the further you’ll go.

If you decide to go and follow your dreams, you will give hope to others who want to do the same. You become the inspirations for other to life.

Following your dream makes you happy and passionate. Life gets good so does family and job. The aura is positive and relaxing. You are happy because you are following what you always liked and wanted to do.

Every time you see yourself a step closer to your dream fulfillment. It makes you feel proud and good about yourself. Living your dream is must. You should always aim higher. Big goals give you a deeper horizon and ignore up lot many small irrelevant things.

Limit your goals to be focused on one thing. It helps you concentrate well and achieve faster. If you want the power to follow your dreams, you have to say no to all the alternatives.

Never compromise for less and always run for the best.

Hope you got inspired to follow your dreams from this post. Let me know your experience of using the above methods. Did they help you in getting near to your dream? Share your thoughts using the comments box below.

The Ultimate Guide To Finding Your Passion

finding your passion in lifeI had never read the phrase “finding your passion” until high school. I programmed my head to stop thinking beyond pursuing a course in engineering. I was naive and didn’t have a clue about what engineers do. But I appeared for engineering entrance exams with great enthusiasm.

In my mind, my life was limited to get an entry into a premiere engineering institute. I got admit in an technical college and pursued an “electronics and instrumentation” engineering degree. I had no clue what I had put myself into.

Then I read about people loving what they do. That everyday must feel fulfilling and not tiresome. And my mind started wandering. I discovered that I do not like technical subjects. I was a creative free spirit. And I do not want to live the mundane 9-5 life.

That was my story of how I discovered that passion is an important component of life. And everybody needs to have one. The twenties is a great time for people to explore various avenues, change career paths and discover this passion thingy.

Why Finding Your Passion In Life Is Important

Before I talk about the steps to discover your passion, let me tell you why discovering this passion will help you in your life.

1. Pursuing your passion will make you feel great about yourself: Every individual is different and the conventional 9-5 job might not be your type. If you pursue the thing you love on a daily basis, you will have a high self-esteem.

2. You’ll realize your full potential: Every day you will strive to become better at your craft. You’ll practice with dedication and try to continuously add value through your talent. In a job not meant for you will probably not do as good as you can, because your heart lies elsewhere.

3. You’ll have an excitement filled life: The path towards chasing your passion will involve obstacles. It will not be a bed of roses. But the ride will be exciting. You’ll care and live for every single moment.

4. Leave a legacy: All of us have limited time in the world. And we want to make our contribution before leaving. How awesome would it be if you were remembered by the world as an expert in your favorite field, right?

How To Find Your Passion: The Two Possible Processes

how to find your passion guide

Every person is different. Some like to take their chances. And some people like to make only rational decisions. Here are the two possible processes you can follow for finding your passion:

1. Go all in and create a sense of urgency

This is what I would do. You need to make your body realize the scarcity of time. Life is too short to keep doing a tedious job that you’ll leave in a couple of years.

So go to your boss today and tell them that you have had enough. And you want to quit. Yes, you need to do it just like that without a plan. This might not be smart, but you’ll end up searching for a more relevant interest in a field of your choice.

As your finances will also be cut off, you’ll end up finding a way to make money for sustaining yourself. Make sure you don’t apply for a similar though. This process is meant to accelerate the process of finding your passion and it is only for the brave heats.

2. Do it the conservative way

Okay, this is more of a safer option. Keep doing some research while you are working at your job. This should buy you some time to think about all the possibilities in detail. You can talk with professionals in other industries where you have slight interest.

You can start to pursue your new found interest part-time. Try to find out how you’ll monetize it. It will take months, but you will start generating income from it. Once you start making a stable income, quit your day job.

introspection can help you find your purpose

Five Ways To Find Your Purpose

Now that you fancy untangling the puzzle, let us have a look at some ways to finding your mojo.

1. You are already pursuing it

This Might sound very strange. But you must already be doing what you are supposed to do, just that you aren’t successful at it.

Being successful at your craft fuels your passion. Currently, you are at a nascent stage. And you need to get proficient at it. Passion is the result of action and involves difficulties. Always remember that passion in itself will not cause action, you’ve to take that.

All the “follow your passion”, “find your life purpose” advice has hit your head. Clean your mind and start working proactively. Continuously strive for growth and improve yourself on a daily basis.

Later in your 30s or 40s or 50s, you might want to change your career and that is fine. We all get 3-4 decades to perfect 3-4 skills. If the job you are doing makes you feel energetic and fulfills your soul, then there is no reason to find another passion.

2. Dare to explore

I am curious about many things in life. I want to understand the technicalities involved in music, writing, internet marketing, acting, etc. But I have seen many people that have presumably dull. They are silent spectators and limit themselves to appreciating the brilliant creations.

If you are curious, then it is great. If you are not, try to develop a child’s perspective. Question how things you like work. Maybe, the acting of a character in a TV Show? Or how KFC manages to deliver super delicious chicken every single time?

Embrace all weird and unconventional field questions. The lesser obvious fields of interest make you unique. They can unravel motivation and a deep desire to excel in the particular craft.

3. Financial aspects are secondary

You need to forget about money. It is always a side product of awesome work. If there were no money, then what would you like to do?

Money is secondary and you should care about it the least. If you become an expert, you can teach courses around your passion online. Or write articles on the subject or start a blog.

You need to practice your craft and become an expert in it. How will you earn from it? You’ll do it on your own terms. You will find the answers for yourself.

4. Write the answer to these questions on a piece of paper:

What would you start doing today if you were to die in a year from now?

Who are the people you admire and what the traits you like about them?

How would you like the world to remember you?

take a career personality test for choosing a career5. Take a career personality test

You should get a general overview of your qualities by taking a Briggs Mayer personality test. There are 16 personalities and your behavior will match one of them.

I am an ENFP and my behavior matches to the points listed. I take impulsive decisions and do what my gut feeling tells me to without rationale. I like starting projects, but am bad at finishing them. I get energy by interacting with people.

The results from this test will also show you certain career paths. And this can be the start of your ideal job/career research.

But the results aren’t the end of the world. Being aware of your instincts will put you in a better position to judge how you want your daily life. You’ll be able to paint a better picture and get closer to your passion.

Additionally, you can take this test; it will help you identify some career possibilities basis of behavior.

Changing Careers And Landing Into An Unfamiliar Territory

If your personality does not blend with your profession, you might need to change it. You have to chase something bigger than your job and feel lively when doing your thing. Let me tell you that it might feel lonely and stupid. You’ll doubt every step when transitioning to a different career stream.

Say if you decide to become an entrepreneur from being an analyst. You will battle questions like, what will happen if I fail as a musician, how I will manage to sustain myself, etc.

But, adaptability is the key in this ever changing job landscape. Finding the right career fit will take some trails and it is a part of the transition. Embrace it.

Overall:

Stay positive, focused, and accept uncertainty.

Living for a higher purpose in life is vital. You are meant to achieve awesome things in a field that blends with your personality. Following your passion will involve trails, it will not be a smooth journey.

Do not wait for the right moment and frown about unavailability of resources.

You are responsible for your life decisions. And you need to take the plunge for adding meaning to your life. Use one of the 5 ways I mentioned in the post to discover your passion.

Let me know your thoughts on passion and if you are already living it using the comments box below.