Do you let your mind wander?

Do you give your brain time off? Do you dream? Dreaming is great frameeven though we are sometimes castigated for daydreaming as we and others can believe that it’s ‘taking us away from what we should be doing’. At other times we use books, films to dream away.
What would it be like to harness your dreams?
Walt Disney provided and his company continues to provide dreams and in NLP some of his work around dreaming and putting legs on dreams has been modelled . In NLP modelling means NLP skills are used to learn and understand the thinking behind how a person does something and then the modeller uses NLP skills to break down what they have learned and then they can teach this skill to other people, or use it in another for work for example.
In order to dream effectively it’s useful to first be clear about the area you are going to explore and the outcome you want to achieve. Just get an overview at this point (you do need to be at least semi-conscious at this point). Find a neutral space and in that place choose three spaces in front of you that you can step into (this enables you to be distanced from your thoughts and ideas and dreams, to think more clearly). One space is for your dreamer (visionary space) one for your constructive critic (the space that gets you space from the other two spaces); and one for your realist (practical space).
So let your mind wander and step into the dreamer (visionary) space and remember a time when you dreamed of something and you created some really good choices in your mind. Ask yourself some or all of these questions ‘why are you doing this?’, ‘what will you get from this?’, ‘how will you know when you have it?’, ‘where do you want to be in the future?’ Leave all of this and these thoughts, these dreams, in this space and move to your realist (practical) space.
In this space, think back to a time when you were able to think very realistically and devised a plan to put an idea into action effectively. In this space, ask yourself some or all of these questions, ‘what will you be doing?’, ‘how in particular will the idea be implemented?’, ‘how will you know if the goal has been achieved?’, ‘who besides me is involved (are there any time constraints)?’, ‘when will each phase be implemented?’, ’when will the overall goal be completed?’, ‘where will each phase be carried out?’ Leave all of this and these thoughts, these dreams in this space and move to the constructive critic (the place that gets you space from the other two spaces) space
In this space, identify a time when you constructively criticised a plan. You identified potential weaknesses and came up with positive alternatives that dealt effectively with the weaknesses. In this space ask yourself some or all of these questions ‘how do all the elements fit together?’, ‘what elements appear unbalanced?’, ‘what parts do not fit with the overall objective?’, ‘how do all the elements fit together?’, ‘what elements appear unbalanced?’, ‘what parts do not fit with the overall objective?’
When you think you have enough information move back to the Dreamer space – with a clear idea of what your Dreamer needs to think about.
Let your mind wonder/wander freely, as you see yourself achieving this goal and see the processes leading up to it as a sequence of images
Now move to the realist position and organise your ideas and your plan. Notice what you might need to change to make it a realistic sequence. The realist in you will be the person of action, the one who gets things done.
Move into the critic space and appraise the plan. Ask yourself questions such as ‘what is missing’ and ‘what is needed’. The critic is likely to be that voice in your head, use it constructively it can help at times.
Move back to the dreamer position to creatively change the plan using the information gathered from the realist and constructive critic. Do this perhaps three times or until you know you have sufficient information to either put the plan into action or not (after all when realism sets in at times, we realise something is not viable.)
Then make a list, make a plan. Dreams will only turn into reality when we put legs on them and then… go and out and do it.

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