“Reach high, for stars lie in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” Pamela Vaull, 20th Century American Author/Poet
As many of you know, up until very recently I have been facilitating workshops for job seekers for the past thirteen years. I loved my job and enjoyed all the workshops I created and delivered, but my most favourite was my goal setting workshops. The participants enjoyed the sessions and said it gave them renewed hope. I have attended a few goal setting workshops myself over the years. As I was cleaning out my desk at work, I came across a workbook from an excellent session I attended nearly four years ago. I almost fell over when I read my notes.
1. At the beginning we were asked to write down a dream. This is what I wrote:
To be an internationally known children’s author living on the coast of Spain.
2. We were then asked to close our eyes and picture ourselves having achieved this dream, then describe the environment around us. My response:
In book stores and schools doing readings and presentations, surrounded by fans of my work and going home to my villa in Spain.
3. After a couple of other exercises establishing capabilities and values, we were to write down who we had become once we achieved our dream.
I am a writer of children’s fiction expanding my horizons and meeting new and interesting people while adapting to a new culture and environment.
4. Finally we were asked to write our dream again with enhancements that came from some explorations and reflections. Here was my enhanced dream:
An internationality known and well loved author of children’s stories, interviewed on TV, with lots of fans and owning property in Spain where I can go to relax and write after my travels and book tours.
There was much more to the workshop, but what I realized when reading what I wrote, was that goal setting does work. Writing down your goal or dream and visualizing it, is powerful.
Since taking this workshop four years ago, I have written and published three more books, read from my books at schools and book stores and am about to move to Spain! I haven’t been interviewed on TV but I have been interviewed on blogs and that is even better.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -C. S. Lewis