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Why Your Dreams are Vital

By Dan Miller
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CBN.com I never get tired of talking about peoples’ dreams. I love hearing little children’s dreams, teenagers, excited adults, and reminiscing seniors. To me dreams expand the boundaries of “real” life. In the first article below, I address the “Dreamers of the Day.” I truly hope you are a dreamer.

And then be sure to check out the resources for “dream” jobs in the 48 Days Highlights section. You may see something that will revolutionize your plans for ‘09.

Each week I get requests for my recommended reading list. I’m happy to announce that I finally have it in a more attractive format than the old list of titles and authors. 48Days.net member Elias Salem offered his amazing technical skills to bring the reading list to life. Here’s my Dan’s Reading List and here’s a link to see what Eli can do for your Web site: Eli Salem.

If you lost a job recently, read Donald Taylor's Success Story about why he is thanking God he got laid off. And then Benji Meyer explains how his "depression" helped him shed 20 lbs.

Still time to make that Fresh Start for ‘09

Dreamers of the Day

Your dreams may be the real beginnings of the future you want.

In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence says, “There are dreamers, but not all human beings dream equally. Some are dreamers of the night, who in the dusty recesses of their mind dream and wake in the morning to find it was just vanity. But the Dreamers of the Day are dangerous people because they act their dreams into reality with open eyes.”

Now there’s a clear picture. “Dreamers of the Day” are dangerous because they “act their dreams into reality with open eyes.” We are hearing a lot about dreams this week. Our new president has inspired people to think big and never stop believing that big dreams can come true. Certainly, his own life story is a clear example of that.

In today’s sophisticated, technological world, we often dismiss our night dreams as the result of too much pizza or having too much on our minds when we went to bed. But what about those day dreams? Are they to be dismissed as just random thoughts passing through our brains? Should we pay attention to those “dreams” or just hunker down and be “realistic” and “practical” with the economy in the shape it is?

With jobs being lost, homes being foreclosed, 700 billion dollars up in smoke, and General Motors on the brink of disaster, surely now is not the time to dream. Or is it? Haven’t you experienced in your own life how those times of trials often release your best ideas? Have you ever taken a dream and acted it into reality? Where have your best ideas started?

Could your “dreams of the day” be the seeds of creative problem solutions and the opening door into your greatest new opportunities?

As a life coach, nothing concerns me more than beginning the coaching process with someone who says they have no dreams. No dreams traps people in jobs they hate, relationships that have never blossomed, and cars, houses, and clothes that serve nothing but utilitarian functions.

Don’t underestimate the value of your night dreams for problem solving and creative approaches to your situation. And by all means, keep dreaming during the day. Tap into those recurring thoughts and ideas that have followed you for years.

"All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." — Brian Tracy

If you can’t dream it, it won’t likely happen. Success doesn’t sneak up on us. It starts as a dream that we combine with a clear plan of action. Become a Dreamer of the Day and watch your success soar.

Even the Bible tells us, "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18). We are not going to perish as individuals, families, companies, or a nation – unless we ignore those beautiful dreams of the day.

Read the Dreams of the Day blog

No Way, Hyundai!

Here's another ridiculous "bail-out" offer. Hyundai has announced they will allow a customer to buy a new car and then return their Hyundai vehicle if they experience "an involuntary loss of income", i.e., lose their job within 12 months of purchasing one of their ten new vehicles.

Well, I've got a better idea that won't put you at risk on two counts: Read my solution.

Read the No Way, Hyundai! blog

48 Days Online Radio: The Golden Goose is Waiting

Each week I create a new online radio podcast — that you can hear in iTunes or at the 48 Days Online Radio Show link below.

This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com. Download a free audiobook of your choice today at www.audiblepodcast.com/work. You know what a believer I am in listening to positive information – and here’s an easy way to enrich your own personal library.

Okay, here’s a sampling of this week’s questions:

  • I have ideas for spiritual books, family books, professional books, etc. Am I too broad in my focus?
  • I am 38 years old and what has stopped me from pursuing my dream of writing fantastic fiction full time (horror and sci fi) are certain Christian friends of mine who say it’s a sin to write that stuff. But I love that stuff and am a Christian myself. How do I know God is calling me to it if so many of the faithful think its wrong?
  • Hello, Dan. How do you feel about programs like medi-share, a Christian healthcare plan versus a Health Savings account?
  • I have been completely sickened with the way my employers conduct their (construction) businesses: the way they handle their finances and simply the way they treat their subcontractors and clients. A large part of me does not even want to be associated with the construction industry, because of the horrible reputation it has in my area. Should I start my own construction company or look in a different direction?
  • I stopped taking customers for my wedding planning business, so I would have time to create my business plan. Then I plan to borrow money to start my business up again. (Sounds like she killed the golden goose so she’d have time to draw a picture of a goose.)

If you have a question, just e-mail me at askdan@48Days.com and you can ask about starting your own business, getting a better job, or finding your purpose in life.

And you can click the link below to listen to this week’s broadcast immediately – no downloading, no wait.

48 Days Highlights

Free download of No More Mondays – A lot of you have been asking when the audio of No More Mondays will be available. Well, now we have a special offering from Audible.com. If you sign up for a free 14-day trial of the Audible membership, you can select No More Mondays as your free download. What a deal! Just click on this link to get your free copy of No More Mondays. If you already have No More Mondays, choose a selection from Dan’s Reading List then use this audiblepodcast.com/work link to get your free copy of that one.

Fish and Earn?
How would you like to live in a cabin in the woods, have plenty of time for fishing – and be paid as a night manager for the resort. Yes, it is possible – and practical – to make money living in an RV or camp setting! There are more jobs for RVers and workcampers than there are RVers and campers willing to work. Right now they are looking for people for the upcoming summer positions: Workers on Wheels.

More Exciting Summer Jobs
Or you could lead teenagers around the globe climbing, rafting, backpacking, surfing, and more. If you enjoy intercultural experience along with outdoor exploration, check out Adventure Jobs Worldwide.

Want to be a Sports Announcer?
Try your Dream before you jump. Here’s another concept that I love. At VocationVacation you can try out your fantasy job before making the leap. Want to be a sports announcer? Here’s your chance to be in that dream job for a day: Sports Announcer.

The Future of ‘Intelligent Dreaming’
48Days.net is our newest project – and, wow, are you all responding! People just like you, with ideas and energy, are joining this “idea network” to share and grow together. You’ll see groups have already formed on speaking, writing, sales, parenting, and inventing. If you have an interest and don’t see it here, you can start your own group. There’s no charge – it’s just one more benefit of being part of the 48 Days family.

Match Your Dreams to Your Work
The most popular product in the 48 Days arsenal continues to be the 48 Days Career Profile. Before you begin seeking a better job or self-employment, you need to be sure you are pursuing opportunities that match your personality style and will fulfill and reward you for a lifetime!

Quotes: Keep Dreaming

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." — Pope John XXIII

"All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." — Brian Tracy

"Hold on to your dreams for they are, in a sense, the stuff of which reality is made. It is through our dreams that we maintain the possibility of a better, more meaningful life." — Leo Buscaglia

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate accomplishments.” — Napoleon Hill

“Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire – you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.” — Denis Waitley

"Nothing happens unless first a dream." — Carl Sandburg


Dan MillerDan Miller is the bestselling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and a renowned Life Coach specializing in career fulfillment. His weekly newsletter reaches 70,000 subscribers. Dan’s articles are featured here at CBN every Tuesday, and you can find out more about Dan at www.48days.com.

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