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Chapter 2. The Preparation Hand > SUCCESS CARD 2: Dream Again & Define Values

SUCCESS CARD 2: Dream Again & Define Values

Dream Again

Now ask yourself, What would make me happier? Some people have become so stuck in the life they've created for themselves that they've lost sight of what they truly want to do. This could be the very reason you're reading this book; you're stuck. You've become stagnated in your job, or you're feeling lost or burned out. Maybe you've plateaued in your organization. You're feeling a need to “unstick” yourself and find a new game to play. Your best move could mean getting out of the workforce altogether or getting back in. But you won't find the answer without allowing yourself to dream.

Close your eyes and think back to your youth or childhood. What thrilled you? What was your dream for yourself: to be a firefighter, a teacher, a movie star? It's important to travel back mentally to your youngest days. Dreams were easier to dream and some of you knew even then what you really wanted to be when you grew up. If you don't go back that far, you might not identify that moment of clarity. John Updike wrote, “Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”[2] Betty, the professional organizer, has memories of childhood days spent rearranging furniture in her dollhouse. Louisa, an actress, was teased as a child by her siblings about performing every time the refrigerator light went on. Tom, a video game designer, spent his youth playing board games. You need to determine whether there's still any truth to those early dreams for you. How serious were you about becoming a business executive or fashion designer? Does something down deep still tug at you when you remember those dreams? If so, it's time to step back and take stock again.


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