The commercialisation of entertainment leads to the media constantly tantalising us with images of people living their dreams. It may be soap opera, music video, advert, documentary or the latest blockbuster novel but the hero is generally doing something that you are not – which is living their dream.
The unfortunate truth, however, is generally that you probably aren’t living your dreams.
Well most people end up living a life of compromise. It is not what they set out to do but somewhere along their journey they let go of their dreams little by little in order to pay the bills, buy little Johnny new shoes, look after an aging relative or keep the tax people off their back.
What happens next is that people convince themselves this is their lot. They then become defensive of the life they have settled for and complain about. They attack anyone who finds fault with their not fulfilling their dreams.
They almost develop a form of Stockholm Syndrome for the lifestyle they never wanted in the first place and before they know, old age is upon them.
I get it that life can be hard at times for all of us, no matter how successful we might become. Everyone faces their challenges and at times make excuses for not rising to them. But we all have the choice of choosing how we face those challenges.
If you are going to live your dreams, the first thing you need to do is get out of your own way.
Stop telling yourself that a life of broken dreams is all you are ever going to experience. It is one life and you really don’t get a second chance to say, “I was going to”, but you may get eternity to say, “I which I had”.
So how can you take stock of your life and live your dreams?
It begins with clearly defining what your dreams are and identifying how accomplishing them will serve you.
You need to set your goals and test in your mind whether, if you achieve those goals, that they would really be satisfying for you.
Only when you have first addressed those future desired achievements can you really have any idea where you are supposed to be going in life and how you will know when you get there.
Dreamers, drifters and procrastinators rarely achieve their goals or live the life of their dreams.
Since they never really know where they are going, when they are there and find endless excuses along the way not to progress on and complete their journey.
For most of us nothing in life is free but when we focus our minds and thoughts we can achieve unbelievable feats.
Whether your dreams are big or a series of small ones, hypnosis can help you focus your mind to set those goals, test them and plan strategies to achieve those dreams.
To achieve those dreams you will need to apply yourself constantly to stay the course and travel your journey – and hypnosis can help you do that too.
Hypnosis can help you have the stamina of application that people who achieve their dreams have as they reach and surpass their goals.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.