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February 16, 2016

This Is How To Discover Your True Dreams

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Giulia Agostini
Giulia Agostini

I’m a teacher and on the very first day of school I like to take a survey of the students and ask them what it is, exactly, that they want to accomplish not only in class, but also in life. The answers are as varied as the degree of certainty in the answers. Some people seem to know exactly who they are and where they are going, and others are still searching for a vision and a goal that defines their life.

What we want to be when we grow up can be elusive for sure, and often our actions contradict our stated goals. The reason this happens is because our stated goals are not what we really want, but rather what others expect of us. The real, deeper and stronger dream inside can be buried by obligations, phobias and doubts. Sadly, after a while, we lose the clarity we need to let our real self emerge. We know we want more, but we’re not sure what it is that we need. This leads to complacency, allowing us to compromise our greatest aspirations for lesser goals.

To be clear on what we want, we have to search inside. Only our internal compass can determine if we’re on our true path. That compass is only activated when we know who we really are. The power of self-discovery starts the internal engine that puts our destiny into view and our journey into gear. And the only way to know if it’s right is to question our feelings about ourselves. Here is a quick reference:

• We have to feel worthy of the dream
• We have to enjoy what we’re dreaming
• We have to see the dream coming true

To know ourselves is to understand that what’s swirling around in our sub-conscious are signs. It’s appreciating that the identification and embracing of what’s real and possible for us is only as good as what we recognize as true and believe within. It creates an inescapable calm and confidence and from there, anything is possible.

Szenippet: The key to getting what you want in life, is to really know what you want in life. TC mark


This is an excerpt from Szen Zone: Reaching a State of Positive Change, by Gary Szenderski, a compilation of stand-alone, inspirational short stories and observations that celebrate the power in each of us to create positive change in our lives, to be what we want to be.

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