Monday, December 28, 2015

Your Future Biography

In a previous post I suggested you use your journal to write a future biography.

A future biography can be difficult if you don't know what you want to do when you grow up. Finding your dream is a lot of fun ... once you get started. But how do you get those juices flowing? How do you prime the pump?  I found a wonderful list of questions to help you get started over at Creative Dream Incubator:
Creative Journal Prompts for Finding Your Dream:
I feel happiest when:
I wish I could (list at least 50 things – keep coming back to this over the next few weeks to add things):
The qualities/values that matter most to me are:
If I could live my life exactly how I wanted to, I would:
The things I like best about my life are:
The things I like least about my life are:
I think am being really true to myself when I:
If I was living more in tune with my own heart and soul, it would feel like:
If I knew what my dream was I would feel:
Take your time with this. Really explore each question and notice where your thoughts lead you to.
Then explore your answers to see what they are telling you about what your dream is.
This is brave work.
Being honest with yourself about your dreams can be TERRIFYING.
You may have a fear that if you find out what your dream is – everything will change and change is scary.
Or if you go after your dream and you fail – that will hurt too much.
Or that if you know what your dream is, you still won’t know how to make it real, and that will be too frustrating.
Or if you knew what your dream is, you might go after it with everything you’ve got – and that would be too selfish.
Or deep down inside, you might already kind of know what your dream is, but you’re sure you’re not good enough to make it happen. It’s easier to just not know what it is.
This is hard stuff!

All this is so true! As the author points out, it's hard to reach for your dream because you might fail and that's going to hurt like hell. The other truth is, not trying actually IS hell.

If you have trouble journaling, fill your pages with the answers to these questions. Let your journal work its magic on you.

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