Daily Dream Maker: “Will This Matter A Year From Now?”

The Daily Dream Maker
by Baylan Megino

Will This Matter A Year From Now?

“Will this matter a year from now?

In our on-going desire to create a life of balance and harmony, sometimes we unconsciously take on more than we realize.

As you go through your day, notice  those things that perhaps someone else can do, or those things that don’t need to be done right away.

Make a choice whether it is for you or for someone else to do – today or later.

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Dream Maker: New Year Vision, Picnics and Being Prepared

For a Dream Maker, Having a Vision is only part of Being Prepared to Make that Vision Come True. In my life training to become a Dream Maker, I learned a good lesson when I was planning a picnic.

It was the first time I was in charge of making such a production. So many things to bring and needs to meet. Coordinating such a feat seemed almost overwhelming, but I wanted to make it a truly enjoyable experience for all of us.

I stood in the kitchen a bit at a loss, thoughts piling into multiple lists swirling through my head, not sure where to begin. My mother watched as I clearly struggled to make sense, grabbing items as I wandered from one end of the kitchen to the other.

By Unknown illustrator [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Outdoor Luncheon” By Unknown illustrator [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Imagine an empty table,” she suggested. “Then set the table with everything you need to have your meal and enjoy your day.”

Immediately I remembered long picnics at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach where dad surf-fished while we ran in and out of the waves. Or picnics with cousins at Alameda’s shoreline beach, our moms dutifully stationed at the combined picnic spot ready to meet our needs so we could continue with our important work of play.

In each instance, we were free to wander and enjoy because we always knew where to return for food, water, towels, bandaids, hugs, sunscreen, rest, and whatever else we needed.

Setting the table is the same as making sure you can implement your vision. You have an intention of the experience you want to provide. Then having all the tools and fuel and resources available that you anticipate will be needed ensures fewer delays in making your vision come true.

Whether you are planning your personal life or your career/business, here are some Dream Maker planning tips to have a successful new year:

  • Connect with your purpose in life and in your work.
  • Review what went well this year, and what needs improvement.
  • Dream where you want to be in two to three years, and strategize how to get there.
  • Define your vision for the new year.
  • Identify milestones and big goals for each quarter.
    • Break those goals down into smaller, achievable chunks.
  • Define what your client needs to experience before moving on to the next step.
    • Review your systems and walk through every step in detail.
    • Identify who you need to collaborate with in order to make each step happen successfully.
    • Identify resources needed and how you will have them in place.
  • Commit
    • to your clients.
    • to your bottom line.
    • to your life dream.

Prepare these main pieces to plan for your success in the new year.

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What Lies Within

You have such inner wisdom. Ralph Waldo Emerson nailed it when he said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Whether you have been in business awhile, or are just starting to think about it, there is a creative notion inside you, big or small, that is asking to be let out into the world. It’s a message or creation that you are uniquely positioned to bring out into the world. You, and only you. Do you know what it is?

How to Access Your Inner Wisdom

Here’s an exercise that will help you access your inner wisdom and determine just what it is you are here on this planet to do right now.

Heart of Hearts 1 by Baylan Megino copyright 2002 fb

Heart of Hearts 1 by Baylan Megino copyright 2002

Take a few moments to relax your body and let go of any discomfort. Then open your sacred space. Just sit in the quiet. Pay attention to your breath, and allow your thoughts to flow. Most probably you’ll hear a jumble of thoughts, sometimes disparate, all urgent. Allow them all to float across the movie screen of your mind, and let them Exit out of your space.

When your mind has become quiet again, focus on the area of your heart. Ask your heart what it would like to share in this moment. Let the thoughts flow and, if you can, write them down.

Then ask what it would like you to do. Listen, and take note of all that comes to you.

Pick one thought that seems to float to the top of importance for you. Then ask yourself, how would I like this to show up in my world? What can I do to start to make this happen? Write down all your answers.

Then close your sacred space, and consider what steps you can take to make this happen. Do two or three of those activities today, and continue to do something consistently each day. You’ll be surprised at what happens.

Share your thoughts and let us know your results below.

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Masterpiece: When Love And Skill Work Together

Create Your Masterpiece: It is time to re-evaluate progress and direction for the rest of the year. To create a conscious life, John Ruskin reminds us,

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

Are you experiencing a masterpiece in your work and life?

When we started the year, we made some goals, defined where we want to be on December 31st, identified experiences we wanted to have. Then LIFE happened. As Dr. Phil would ask, “How’s that working for you?”

If while traveling your road you’ve hit some obstacles, perhaps it’s time to pause and take stock, to ask yourself if you’re still loving what you’re doing with your time and resources.

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John_Ruskin_1863 (b.1829-d.1915)

John Ruskin lived in the Victorian era, and was a leading English art critic, art patron, watercolorist, and a prominent social thinker and philanthropist, whose ideas laid the groundwork for environmentalism and sustainability. Per Wikipedia, “He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy… In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. …Today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognised as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability and craft.”

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Time to Evaluate

If you’re not loving what you’re doing, it’s time to figure out ways to adjust or to reset so your actions put you on the trajectory you need to be on in order to arrive where you want to go.

Start by asking yourself:

  • What do I love to do?
  • What am I really good at doing?
  • How could I do what I love combined with doing what I’m really good at?
  • Why do I want to do this?
  • What feels right in my life?
  • What doesn’t feel right in my life or work?
  • What am I willing to do to change it?

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Time To Stop Working So Hard and Create Your Masterpiece

When we are doing what we love, the effort (if there is any) needed to accomplish something seems infinitely less than when we are doing what we “like” or what we have “become good at.”

Instead, figure out how to do what you love with the gifts that you have, with your many ways of brilliance. Get clear on Why you want to do it, so you can wake up every morning with that knowledge and clarity motivating your every movement.

When you offer the world this combination, that is when you experience MIRACLES.

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Masterpiece Living: A Beautiful Place to Rest 02303 by Baylan Megino

Masterpiece Living: A Beautiful Place to Rest 02303 by Baylan Megino

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Letting Go and The Bodhisattva’s Way

Letting Go to Heal

In the last week, so many things have been breaking open to be revealed, to be healed. I’ve been letting go — to open the space for the new to come in, for the light to shine even brighter.

Letting Go and Bodhisattva Way 16th Karmapa 08213 by Baylan Megino

Letting Go and Bodhisattva Way 16th Karmapa 08213 by Baylan Megino

Opening boxes to find treasures and trash from years ago. Surprises and jewels mixed amongst the mundane. A handwritten will, a talisman, a watch. Sifting and sorting to find what will come forward, what will be passed on, and what will be discarded entirely.

It is a process. It takes time. It breaks open old memories. The good memories are treasured. And the painful ones are offered to be healed.

Letting Go and Moving On

Of course, something electronic had to go. This time it was the refrigerator controller. It’s challenging and freeing being without a refrigerator for more than two weeks.

Had to figure out how to keep perishables from perishing. Or learn to live without.

There are many boxes to be gone through. It will take time. And I am being gentle with myself and with mom.

And as I am moving forward, I am thinking of how to incorporate these pieces into my new work. How do we take those parts of our past and make them meaningful building blocks for our future? Ahhhh….. yes.

So today a dear friend posted a message that spoke to my heart, reminding me of the reason we go on, despite challenges and seemingly insurmountable odds.

“You keep going. That is the bodhisattva’s way. As long as it benefits even one being you have to, without any sense of discouragement, go on.” – 16th Karmapa

And as I finished preparing this photo, a hummingbird swooped under the eaves, seeking refuge from the constant rain.