“Dreamers of the Day”

Your dreams may be the real beginnings of the future you want.

In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence says, “There are dreamers, but not all human beings dream equally. Some are dreamers of the night, who in the dusty recesses of their mind dream and wake in the morning to find it was just vanity. But the Dreamers of the Day are dangerous people because they act their dreams into reality with open eyes.”

Now there's a clear picture. “Dreamers of the Day” are dangerous because they “act their dreams into reality with open eyes.” We are hearing a lot about dreams this week. Our new president has inspired people to think big, and never stop believing that big dreams can come true. Certainly, his own life story is a clear example of that.

In today's sophisticated, technological world we often dismiss our night dreams as the result of too much pizza or having too much on our minds when we went to bed. But what about those day dreams? Are they to be dismissed as just random thoughts passing through our brains? Should we pay attention to those “dreams” or just hunker down and be “realistic” and “practical” with the economy in the shape it is? With jobs being lost, homes being foreclosed, 700 billion dollars up in smoke, and General Motors on the brink of disaster, surely now is not the time to dream. Or is it? Haven't you experienced in your own life how those times of trials often release your best ideas? Have you ever taken a dream and acted it into reality? Isn't that where your best ideas started?

Could your “dreams of the day” be the seeds of creative problem solutions and the opening door into your greatest new opportunities?

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“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate accomplishments.” — Napoleon Hill
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As a life coach, nothing concerns me more than beginning the coaching process with someone who says they have no dreams. No dreams traps people in jobs they hate, relationships that have never blossomed, and cars, houses and clothes that serve nothing but utilitarian functions.

Don't underestimate the value of your night dreams for problem solving and creative approaches to your situation. And by all means, keep dreaming during the day. Tap into those recurring thoughts and ideas that have followed you for years.

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“All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” — Brian Tracy

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If you can't dream it, it won't likely happen. Success doesn't sneak up on us. It starts as a dream that we combine with a clear plan of action. Become a Dreamer of the Day and watch your success soar.

Even the Bible tells us — “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov 29:18)  We are not going to perish as individuals, families, companies or a nation — unless we ignore those beautiful dreams of the day.

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  • Vera Jenkins

    Dan: Since august 2008 I`ve been reading your books, made the DISC profiles, hired a coach , trying to figure out which is the best work for me to do and honour God by doing it. You came as a blessing into my life and I thank you so much for that!
    Sorry if my english is not so understandable. I ‘ve realized that as myself, there are thousand of people in El Salvador (my conuntry) that wants to find their real mission in their lives, get coached and be motivated for doing so and start their own business.

    I want to start a new group based on the internet similar as 48 days.net , but in spanish so that people can meet others that might share incredible ideas and tools to develope new businesses.

    I `m technically unexperienced in developing web sites but I think my strong areas are writing , communicating, motivating (in spanish of course!) and I habe good coordinating skills , and also the leadership that might help to get this proyect done.

    Do you agree with my thoughts? What do you recommend?? I will appreciate your comments. GOd bless you!

  • GreatChristianMovies.com

    Great article.
    “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18).
    According to Steven K. Scott, author of
    “The Richest man who ever lived”;
    “A VISION is a precise, clearly defined goal
    with a detailed plan and timetable for achieving that goal.”

    Also:
    “Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12).

    “Hope is a well-founded and confident belief that
    a specific vision (goal, desire or promise)
    will be achieved or fulfilled within a specified amount of time.”

  • I am currently reading 48 Days and although, I might be taking slightly longer than 48 days to finish the book, my life has already changed. I am starting my own business. I am doing something I love and something I am passionate about. It feels amazing. Truly a breath of fresh air!
    I had a major ah-ha moment in the “Dreamers of the Day” portion of your book. I realized that my years of day dreaming had actually meant something. I spent the past two years at my “job” dreaming up pictures, neat typography, color schemes, etc. My “important, business notebooks” were filled with sketches and calligraphy, my desk collected more colored pens and pencils than paper, and I wasn’t even in the creative department.
    It turns out my true passions are painting and calligraphy. I’ve decided to start my own invitation/stationery business. I am thrilled to embark on this journey. I know there will be times of stress and times of frustration, but I’ll keep on.
    I am making my passion my business, and I have you to thank for a large part for that.

    God bless,
    Allie

  • Hintze

    Excellent Read! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll subscribe to your feed if I can find the link, hehe =)