For over 20 years, whenever an anniversary would come around instead of celebrating in a way that solely focused on the milestone of our relationship, there was always something needful for the kids. Not that we weren't happy to send them to camp, get them braces or pay for school tuition, but none of those things were anniversary celebrations.
It wasn't until I started writing down my dreams that I got a clear picture of what our 30th should look like. As I began to write down my 101 dreams, I dared to write down: "30th wedding anniversary, Cancun, just the two of us." At the time, I wasn't thinking about how the kids are still in school at that time of year, or we probably wouldn't have the money, etc. I just wrote it down and dated it.
A few weeks into the dream mentor program, I was able to book the trip at a 4 star resort in Cancun. What actually happened? What had changed? For the first time in years, I started dreaming again.
Just to be clear, the Dream Program didn't all of a sudden translate into winning the lotto.
But when I started exploring the possibilities, I discovered that a week in Cancun around Memorial day (including airfare) was the same price as driving down to coast and staying at a beach condo.
Now, most dreams are not about trips and luxurious items, though some are. Many dreams revolve around health, career, money matters, relationships and family, creativity and innovation, education, home ownership, a lot of very real stuff. Our dreams may even include reducing crime in our communities, lowering unemployment , helping high school and college graduation rates and other social impacts.
That is the magic and power of dreams and having a process that maps vision into reality. A set of priorities, along with discipline, commitment, confidence, and support. Being driven by the energy that has been sitting dormant inside of us helps us see what is already there.
It's a little different for everyone. The beauty is that through the Dream Mentorship program, you can find out what your dreams really are and how to make them reality.