A few days ago, my son asked me to ride a bike with him. So being the wonderful mother that I am 😊 I obliged him. I haven’t ridden a bike in years, but I figured how hard can it be? The first few seconds, I could barely get my balance. I had to keep stopping and starting over. But after a few more seconds, my balance came back, and I could ride with ease.
No matter how long it’s been, you can always get back on the bike and ride. Learning to ride a bike is difficult at first but it’s typically something we do not forget. Even if time elapses, we remember how to ride.
Just as you learn to ride a bike, you can re-learn the skill of dreaming. You can train your brain to focus on things that will allow you to move forward. We were naturally created to dream. When you were a child, no one had to tell you to imagine things—imaginary friends, imaginary houses, imaginary clothes, dress up events, etc. We can dream! Somewhere along the way, we stopped dreaming and believing. We settled for life—where we were (or are) and stopped allowing ourselves to think bigger. We settled for what is rather than shooting for what can be.
Now is the time to dream again. Think bigger. Get back on the bike and start riding. You may be shaky at first and a little uncomfortable and frustrated but with practice and perseverance, the ride becomes easier. Your brain remembers what is was like to dream, imagine and create. It remembers how natural it was to allow yourself to “go there”.
In what areas do you need to dream? What have you settled for in life? What goals do you need to set in order to go after those dreams? Just focus on one thing each day and get moving!
~Coletta Jones Patterson
*Coletta is an author, business executive, life/business coach and speaker who is passionate about helping others go beyond stuck. Her latest book, “Beyond Stuck: Creating the Life You Want” is available on Amazon.com. Connect with Coletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.