To Dream Your Dream...

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.

—Jack Kerouac

palm tree beach

Ahh...the beach.

Wouldn't it be nice if you could go for a long walk on the beach instead of slaving away at a job you hate? To feel the foamy water on your bare feet as they mush into the sand while you dream about new creative ideas you can express through your ideal work? To smell the salty air and hear the palm fronds tickling in the afternoon breeze? To know that you didn't have to be anywhere or do anything but stir the creative muse and receive inspiration? That the whole world centered and froze in those moments you strolled the sand in wonder?

When you linger inside that image in your mind's eye, how does it make you feel? Eager? Grateful? Frustrated? By this time in the Course, you should more easily find yourself envisioning scenes like this and being open to the possibility of a future that includes experiences like this. If you had a slightly negative response (frustration, etc.) to that mini visualization, you may still be focusing on the lack of your ideal work experience.

Let's tumble some rocks

A rock tumbler is a device that literally tumbles rocks in a drum to get them smooth and shiny. What we want to do in this lesson is help you smooth out some of your rocks regarding the fact that you are not in your ideal work situation yet.

Like a sharp pebble in your shoe, it draws all your attention until you have to stop and remove your shoe and get that annoying little pebble out. Let's smooth those sharp pebbles regarding the progress of your ideal work experience coming to you.

guy on rocks
List Template (PDF)

List Template (PDF)

Course Practice

Tumbled Rocks Play

Compass Playbook intentionally sidesteps focusing on negative aspects by helping you avoid giving attention to what is unwanted. In this Play, you will generate a slew of new aspirations from desires triggered by distasteful observations without staying in the spotlight of negativity. Use what you don’t want as inspiration for what you do want.

Step 1: Start by listing the things that are grabbing your attention regarding:

  • What you don't like about your work situation right now
  • What frustrates you or worries you about obtaining your ideal work
  • What is concerning you regarding how you're going to make it all happen or how it will come about
  • The timeline of when it will all unfold
  • Anything else that may be keeping your attention on the lack of your ideal work experience

Be careful not to let your emotions get too into the red zone (negative), as it will be more challenging to recover. If you've got a lot of focus on lack and the absence of your ideal work, then this list will populate easily. Make the list quickly, capturing the things that are most present and top-of-mind and then move on to the next step.

Step 2: For each item you listed, write at least 3 new statements that counterbalance the thought. You should feel a sense of relief, even hope, after each one. For example:

Untumbled rock: I'm really tired of the lack of clients and how strapped I am financially as a result (focused on what's missing, negative statement, worry).

Tumbled rock: I know things will sort themselves out. I can be more creative in the way I look at getting more clients for my business. I can do some brainstorming on some fun ways to reach out to people and tell them about my work. I can use this slower time to finish my website and clean out my office. I'm looking forward to getting new clients and I'll enjoy this slower time to finish projects and get organized. (More positive, focused on the positive aspects of the situation, a perspective shift, focus given to what's coming and away from what is missing.)

Remember to focus on what you are currently living from a place of appreciation. Acknowledging how far you've come, what you've learned and accomplished, and where you are right in this very moment. When you focus so much on what's missing, you perpetuate the state of it not being present in your life. Love yourself and love your life! That's the quickest way to elevate your mood and get your compass needle pointing back to your Magnetic North.