The other day, Nick and I were talking about some of the Ultra Top Secret ideas in one of our upcoming books. One of these ideas is no secret at all, it just happens to be something that gets overlooked a lot, but can still really kick your asterisk. That idea is having a dream. If you really have no idea what you want to do, or your life has become mired in excessive practicality, there’s probably no better remedy than allowing yourself the freedom to dream. Like I said, this is no secret, even Bloody Mary in South Pacific knew that you got to have a dream, ’cause if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true? Actually, Mary is rolling two great tools into one in that song Happy Talk (don’t hate me if it gets stuck in your head all day!), one is positive self-talk; the other is permission to dream. So why not take a little time today – maybe the time you would spend fretting over a stalled project or your budget – and instead, try an easy, risk-free, and FUN exercise. Disregard all real and imagined obstacles, and ask yourself “what would I do, if money were no object, and resources and time to do it were unlimited?” We have ideas about what you can do with the results of dreaming like this, and we’ll talk about them in the next book, but you’ll probably get plenty of thoughts of your own. Just cut loose and have fun with it. You may be surprised at the results. The ability to dream is one of the real gifts of being human; like Bloody Mary says, “You an’ me is lucky to be us!”
Coincidentally (or perhaps synchronistically), the day after Nick and I were talking about this idea, a friend sent me a link to the video below, totally out of the blue. It especially resonated for me; I read a lot of Alan Watts as a teen, and it left its mark. Note that he doesn’t say “money is bad”, which is probably as toxic a notion as “money is everything”.