Organizational Aerodynamics – Chapter Fourteen – Organizational Dreaming

Organizational Aerodynamics

(Copyright 2000, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Chapter Fourteen – Organizational Dreaming 

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Some time ago while discussing the subject of following our dreams, a friend made a very profound remark that I said at the time I’d address in a blog post.  While I emphasized the importance of having and following our dreams in life, she remarked, “Perhaps I then, am the antithesis of you, my friend.  I’m not about the ethereal, the intangible, the yearned for, far off.  I’m about the tangible, tactile, fundamental here and now, to hear, see, feel, taste, breath it in, right now, this moment stuff.  The fullness of it all.”  Another friend of mine added, “dreams are lovely but they don’t pay the mortgage.  I’ve got my feet planted in reality…but one of my toes is rooting around in dreamland. Lol”  Serendipity created the atmosphere for these two remarks as they perfectly illustrate the quandary and nature of pursuing dreams versus living fully in the present moment.  So how do we follow our dreams and at the same time drink in the fullness of the present moment?  This blog post will try to explain the process of how to live in the present moment while at the same time dreaming dreams.

1.  So how do we follow our dreams and at the same time drink in the fullness of the present moment?

Welcome back to Organizational Aerodynamics, everyone!  This is the course that aims to help you take your family, your organization and/or your business to the highest levels of your potential!  Organizational Aerodynamics is about learning the art of visualization, of seeing your challenges as opportunities and your life and the world around you from new and unique perspectives – as a way of seeing a fresh, new approach to living your life and integrating it into the world around you.  So let’s take a deeper look into the process of following our dreams.

When we view life and the world around us, we find that much of it exists within an aura and atmosphere of mystery and unanswered questions – why do bad things happen to good people, why does evil exist in the world, why are natural disasters allowed to happen, why has mankind created an atmosphere of war and violence since the beginning of history, why can’t we all just love one another?  Many of these types of questions will never be answered in our lifetimes, and the entire scope of religion and morality tries to address and answer them in relation to the nature of God and mankind.  This isn’t the primary focus of this discussion, but these types of questions do relate to the direction I’ll take in trying to explain the nature of following our dreams while living in the present moment.

This discussion begins with the question of why many of us hold dreams within our hearts, often from a very young age, while others seem to discover their dreams later in life in context with their life’s experiences. Either way, both pathways describe the process of discovering something that one feels compelled to do and follow in life.  Still others never seem to hold deep rooted dreams calling them to follow, or were told by others that dreams need to be dismissed, because they never really do come true.  Another category would be where some people follow one dream after another, often many at a time – and live their lives achieving one dream after another well into their golden years.  I’ve had personal experience in all of these different scenarios, and simply dismissed out of hand my father who told to me that life wasn’t about dreams and that the work-a-day world just had to be endured.  Why so many perspectives and what is the root of them all?

2.  This discussion begins with the question of why many of us hold dreams within our hearts, often from a very young age, while others seem to discover their dreams later in life in context with their life’s experiences…

3.  Either way, both pathways describe the process of discovering something that one feels compelled to do and follow in life…

4.  Still others never seem to hold deep rooted dreams that call them to follow, or were told by others that dreams need to be dismissed, because they never really do come true…

5.  Another category would be where some people follow one dream after another, often many at a time – and live their lives achieving one dream after another well into their golden years…

6.  I’ve had personal experience in all of these different scenarios, and simply dismissed out of hand my father who told to me that life wasn’t about dreams and that the work-a-day world just had to be endured…

7.  Why so many perspectives and what is the root of them all?

First of all, people are products of their genetics, environment and experiences, all of which factor into the concept of dreaming dreams in life and pursuing them or not.  If your experience is rooted in people telling you that having dreams for your life is foolish as they’ll never come true, or your attempts at following and living your dreams have failed in the past, I can understand how someone can give up entirely on the concept of dreams as only something one reads about in fairy tales. Or perhaps your parents have lived an adventurous life and it’s all you’ve ever known, so it’s second nature to you.  Still others may see following dreams as something unknown and brand new to them, yet they feel compelled to follow them because they seem to have it in their DNA. Everyone approaches their dreams in life from a different perspective, because dreams are personal to us and who we are.

8.  First of all, people are products of their genetics, environment and experiences, all of which factor into the concept of dreaming dreams in life and pursuing them or not…

9.   If your experience is rooted in people telling you that having dreams for your life is foolish as they’ll never come true, or your attempts at following and living your dreams have failed in the past, I can understand how someone can give up entirely on the concept of dreams as only something one reads about in fairy tales…

10.  Or perhaps your parents have lived an adventurous life and it’s all you’ve ever known, so it’s second nature to you…

11.  Still others may see following dreams as something unknown and brand new to them, yet they feel compelled to follow them because they seem to have it in their DNA…

12.  Everyone approaches their dreams in life from a different perspective, because dreams are personal to us and who we are…

Having lived my dreams in life and continuing the process of dreaming new dreams, I happen to know for a fact that dreams can and do come true – but they often require determination, hard work, sweat equity, serendipity, faith and more than a bit of good luck in order to achieve them.  Dreams are complex challenges that won’t fall into anyone’s lap, and often remain outside arm’s reach for most of one’s lifetime before being achieved.  However, we do know as a fact that many, many people in life and down through the ages have lived their dreams – so why some and not others?

13.  Dreams can and do come true – but they often require determination, hard work, sweat equity, serendipity, faith and more than a bit of good luck in order to achieve them…

14.  Dreams are complex challenges that won’t fall into anyone’s lap, and often remain outside arm’s reach for most of one’s lifetime before being achieved…

15.  However, we do know as a fact that many, many people in life and down through the ages have lived their dreams – so why some and not others?

Our dreams are personal to each and every one of us, and many of us receive our dreams at a very young age.  Dreams have nothing to do with accolades from society, wealth, success, fame, fortune or anything that might be recognized as a great achievement by others – but that doesn’t preclude the fact that others may recognize them as such at some point.  To have a dream in life is simply to feel a calling in life to do, learn, achieve, be, discover, explore, and/or experience something in particular in your lifetime.  In fact, had you never mentioned your dream to anyone else it would probably go without notice by anyone until the day you accomplished it and stated afterwards that it had always been your dream to do what it was you did.

16.  Our dreams are personal to each and every one of us, and many of us receive our dreams at a very young age…

17.  Dreams have nothing to do with accolades from society, wealth, success, fame, fortune or anything that might be recognized as a great achievement by others – but that doesn’t preclude the fact that others may recognize them as such at some point…

18.  To have a dream in life is simply to feel a calling in life to do, learn, achieve, be, discover, explore, and/or experience something in particular in your lifetime…

19.  In fact, had you never mentioned your dream to anyone else it would probably go without notice by anyone until the day you accomplished it and stated afterwards that it had always been your dream to do what it was you did…

One way of thinking about our dreams is that they are little seeds planted in our hearts by God, because He has known us from before we were born – and who better to give us our dreams than our Creator?  We may discover our dreams later in life, but for us to understand them as our calling, there has to be something deeper that makes us recognize them – beyond our experiences and journey that brought them to us. Perhaps we’ve been given a blueprint that we hold inside that helps us recognize them as our dreams once we see them, or that serendipity has led us to discover them for some other reason.  Regardless, we know that many people have found, discovered, recognized, followed and pursued their dreams successfully in life.

20.  One way of thinking about our dreams is that they are little seeds planted in our hearts by God, because He has known us from before we were born – and who better to give us our dreams than our Creator?

21.  We may discover our dreams later in life, but for us to understand them as our calling, there has to be something deeper that makes us recognize them – beyond our experiences and journey that brought them to us…

22.  Perhaps we’ve been given a blueprint that we hold inside that helps us recognize them as our dreams once we see them, or that serendipity has led us to discover them for some other reason…

23.  Regardless, we know that many people have found, discovered, recognized, followed and pursued their dreams successfully in life…

One of the ways I like to think of our dreams is that they fully formed and simply dwell across some type of divide: whether off in the distant future, on an opposite riverbank, across an ocean, or on the other side of a deep canyon.  Some sort of void exists between our recognizing what our dreams are and our realizing them.  It’s been said by others that to see your dreams is to be able to realize them, so step one is to recognize our dreams, step two is to actually see them in your mind’s eye, and step three in the journey is to begin the process of building a bridge from your present reality to your distant dreams in order to reach them.

24.  One of the ways I like to think of our dreams is that they fully formed and simply dwell across some type of divide: whether off in the distant future, on an opposite riverbank, across an ocean, or on the other side of a deep canyon…some sort of void exists between our recognizing what our dreams are and our realizing them…

25.  It’s been said by others that to see your dreams is to be able to realize them, so step one is to recognize our dreams, step two is to actually see them in your mind’s eye, and step three in the journey is to begin the process of building a bridge from your present reality to your distant dreams in order to reach them…

You can create any type of bridge in your imagination that the dream requires to reach it.  For example, if your dream is really quite small and relatively simple in size and scope, your bridge may simply be a series of stepping stones you have to cross to reach the other side of a stream. If your dream is one of adventure and a tad more daring, perhaps your dream looks more like a rope bridge over a raging river in Nepal. Seemingly insurmountable dreams may require a series of tunnels and suspension bridges in your mind’s eye in order to cross the great divide that separates you from reaching them.  One of my favorite bridges to imagine is a classic stone arch bridge that you might find in London or Paris – fully equipped with ornate light posts and decorative architectural details.  Use the bridge you create in your mind’s eye to visualize yourself crossing over it one step, day, week, month and year at a time as you make progress towards reaching your goal!

26.  You can create any type of bridge in your imagination that the dream requires to reach it..

27.  For example, if your dream is really quite small and relatively simple in size and scope, your bridge may simply be a series of stepping stones you have to cross to reach the other side of a stream…

28.  If your dream is one of adventure and a tad more daring, perhaps your dream looks more like a rope bridge over a raging river in Nepal…

29.  Seemingly insurmountable dreams may require a series of tunnels and suspension bridges in your mind’s eye in order to cross the great divide that separates you from reaching them…

30.  One of my favorite bridges to imagine is a classic stone arch bridge that you might find in London or Paris – fully equipped with ornate light posts and decorative architectural details…

31.  Use the bridge you create in your mind’s eye to visualize yourself crossing over it one step, day, week, month and year at a time as you make progress towards reaching your goal!

Perhaps the most delicate concepts regarding pursuing our dreams is wondering about how to live in the present moment – savoring all that life has to offer us – while at the same time focusing on a distant dream that we’re trying to reach.  As in all things, it’s simply a matter of perspective.  Your passion of working towards your dream doesn’t have to preclude anything in the moment that you desire to do or experience. The operative word here is desire, because we live our lives based on our desire to experience the world around us.  If your dream is to be a neurosurgeon and you spend all you time eating junk food on the couch while watching reruns of old TV shows, then it would indicate some sort of disconnect between your dreams and how you choose to spend the precious moments you have of each day.  You’ll clearly not reach your dreams without focusing on them within the constraints of your time, but if your dream is important enough to you, it will reflect on how you choose to spend your time and the precious moments of your days.

32.  Perhaps the most delicate concepts regarding pursuing our dreams is wondering about how to live in the present moment – savoring all that life has to offer us – while at the same time focusing on a distant dream that we’re trying to reach.  As in all things, it’s simply a matter of perspective…

33.  Your passion of working towards your dream doesn’t have to preclude anything in the moment that you desire to do or experience… the operative word here is desire, because we live our lives based on our desire to experience the world around us…

34.  You’ll clearly not reach your dreams without focusing on them within the constraints of your time, but if your dream is important enough to you, it will reflect on how you choose to spend your time and the precious moments of your days…

Let’s say your dream is to become an artist and you want to spend your life pursuing your passion and dream of building your life and vocation around creating your art.  You may have had this dream since childhood when you realized how much you enjoyed coloring outside the lines and creating pictures from your imagination – or perhaps you recently discovered the thrill of painting based on a visit to a museum.  If your dream is important to you and to your life, then the moments you spend pursuing that dream are in fact too precious to spend in some other pursuit that won’t lead you in the direction you want your life to go.  That doesn’t mean you have to exclude everything else in your life that’s important to you, but you would logically dedicate as many of your precious moments on reaching your dream as you possibly could.

35.  If your dream is important to you and to your life, then the moments you spend pursuing that dream are in fact too precious to spend in some other pursuit that won’t lead you in the direction you want your life to go…

36.  That doesn’t mean you have to exclude everything else in your life that’s important to you, but you would logically dedicate as many of your precious moments on reaching your dream as you possibly could…

I think of these precious moments spent pursuing your dream as so many pearls carefully strung together to create a beautiful pearl necklace.  If your dream is as difficult as discovering a cure to cancer or achieving world peace, your pearls may be very hard earned along the way.  The point is, each step across the bridge you create in your mind’s eye to reach your dreams is a milestone along the way, taking you from where you started towards your distant dream.  Some dreams require a lifetime to achieve, often building upon the life’s work of what others have previously accomplished, and perhaps your efforts will then become the foundation of still more work that others will do in the future.  Regardless if your dream reaches its desired aim – or simply helps the next person to begin where you left off – each milestone and pearl that you string indicates that you’re inching closer to your goal of achieving your dream.  One day you’ll cross your bridge and hold the completed pearl necklace in your hands, and know that you’ve finally arrived at the destination you so desired to reach – enjoy!

37.  I think of these precious moments spent pursuing your dream as so many pearls carefully strung together to create a beautiful pearl necklace…

38.  If your dream is as difficult as discovering a cure to cancer or achieving world peace, your pearls may be very hard earned along the way…the point is, each step across the bridge you create in your mind’s eye to reach your dreams is a milestone along the way, taking you from where you started towards your distant dream…

39.  Some dreams require a lifetime to achieve, often building upon the life’s work of what others have previously accomplished, and perhaps your efforts will then become the foundation of still more work that others will do in the future…

40.  Regardless if your dream reaches its desired aim – or simply helps the next person to begin where you left off – each milestone and pearl that you string indicates that you’re inching closer to your goal of achieving your dream…

41.  One day you’ll cross your bridge and hold the completed pearl necklace in your hands, and know that you’ve finally arrived at the destination you so desired to reach – enjoy!

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Organizational Dreaming

1.  So how do we follow our dreams and at the same time drink in the fullness of the present moment?

2.  This discussion begins with the question of why many of us hold dreams within our hearts, often from a very young age, while others seem to discover their dreams later in life in context with their life’s experiences…

3.  Either way, both pathways describe the process of discovering something that one feels compelled to do and follow in life…

4.  Still others never seem to hold deep rooted dreams that call them to follow, or were told by others that dreams need to be dismissed, because they never really do come true…

5.  Another category would be where some people follow one dream after another, often many at a time – and live their lives achieving one dream after another well into their golden years…

6.  I’ve had personal experience in all of these different scenarios, and simply dismissed out of hand my father who told to me that life wasn’t about dreams and that the work-a-day world just had to be endured…

7.  Why so many perspectives and what is the root of them all?

8.  First of all, people are products of their genetics, environment and experiences, all of which factor into the concept of dreaming dreams in life and pursuing them or not…

9.   If your experience is rooted in people telling you that having dreams for your life is foolish as they’ll never come true, or your attempts at following and living your dreams have failed in the past, I can understand how someone can give up entirely on the concept of dreams as only something one reads about in fairy tales…

10.  Or perhaps your parents have lived an adventurous life and it’s all you’ve ever known, so it’s second nature to you…

11.  Still others may see following dreams as something unknown and brand new to them, yet they feel compelled to follow them because they seem to have it in their DNA…

12.  Everyone approaches their dreams in life from a different perspective, because dreams are personal to us and who we are…

13.  Dreams can and do come true – but they often require determination, hard work, sweat equity, serendipity, faith and more than a bit of good luck in order to achieve them…

14.  Dreams are complex challenges that won’t fall into anyone’s lap, and often remain outside arm’s reach for most of one’s lifetime before being achieved…

15.  However, we do know as a fact that many, many people in life and down through the ages have lived their dreams – so why some and not others?

16.  Our dreams are personal to each and every one of us, and many of us receive our dreams at a very young age…

17.  Dreams have nothing to do with accolades from society, wealth, success, fame, fortune or anything that might be recognized as a great achievement by others – but that doesn’t preclude the fact that others may recognize them as such at some point…

18.  To have a dream in life is simply to feel a calling in life to do, learn, achieve, be, discover, explore, and/or experience something in particular in your lifetime…

19.  In fact, had you never mentioned your dream to anyone else it would probably go without notice by anyone until the day you accomplished it and stated afterwards that it had always been your dream to do what it was you did…

20.  One way of thinking about our dreams is that they are little seeds planted in our hearts by God, because He has known us from before we were born – and who better to give us our dreams than our Creator?

21.  We may discover our dreams later in life, but for us to understand them as our calling, there has to be something deeper that makes us recognize them – beyond our experiences and journey that brought them to us…

22.  Perhaps we’ve been given a blueprint that we hold inside that helps us recognize them as our dreams once we see them, or that serendipity has led us to discover them for some other reason…

23.  Regardless, we know that many people have found, discovered, recognized, followed and pursued their dreams successfully in life…

24.  One of the ways I like to think of our dreams is that they fully formed and simply dwell across some type of divide: whether off in the distant future, on an opposite riverbank, across an ocean, or on the other side of a deep canyon…some sort of void exists between our recognizing what our dreams are and our realizing them…

25.  It’s been said by others that to see your dreams is to be able to realize them, so step one is to recognize our dreams, step two is to actually see them in your mind’s eye, and step three in the journey is to begin the process of building a bridge from your present reality to your distant dreams in order to reach them…

26.  You can create any type of bridge in your imagination that the dream requires to reach it..

27.  For example, if your dream is really quite small and relatively simple in size and scope, your bridge may simply be a series of stepping stones you have to cross to reach the other side of a stream…

28.  If your dream is one of adventure and a tad more daring, perhaps your dream looks more like a rope bridge over a raging river in Nepal…

29.  Seemingly insurmountable dreams may require a series of tunnels and suspension bridges in your mind’s eye in order to cross the great divide that separates you from reaching them…

30.  One of my favorite bridges to imagine is a classic stone arch bridge that you might find in London or Paris – fully equipped with ornate light posts and decorative architectural details…

31.  Use the bridge you create in your mind’s eye to visualize yourself crossing over it one step, day, week, month and year at a time as you make progress towards reaching your goal!

32.  Perhaps the most delicate concepts regarding pursuing our dreams is wondering about how to live in the present moment – savoring all that life has to offer us – while at the same time focusing on a distant dream that we’re trying to reach.  As in all things, it’s simply a matter of perspective…

33.  Your passion of working towards your dream doesn’t have to preclude anything in the moment that you desire to do or experience… the operative word here is desire, because we live our lives based on our desire to experience the world around us…

34.  You’ll clearly not reach your dreams without focusing on them within the constraints of your time, but if your dream is important enough to you, it will reflect on how you choose to spend your time and the precious moments of your days…

35.  If your dream is important to you and to your life, then the moments you spend pursuing that dream are in fact too precious to spend in some other pursuit that won’t lead you in the direction you want your life to go…

36.  That doesn’t mean you have to exclude everything else in your life that’s important to you, but you would logically dedicate as many of your precious moments on reaching your dream as you possibly could…

37.  I think of these precious moments spent pursuing your dream as so many pearls carefully strung together to create a beautiful pearl necklace…

38.  If your dream is as difficult as discovering a cure to cancer or achieving world peace, your pearls may be very hard earned along the way…the point is, each step across the bridge you create in your mind’s eye to reach your dreams is a milestone along the way, taking you from where you started towards your distant dream…

39.  Some dreams require a lifetime to achieve, often building upon the life’s work of what others have previously accomplished, and perhaps your efforts will then become the foundation of still more work that others will do in the future…

40.  Regardless if your dream reaches its desired aim – or simply helps the next person to begin where you left off – each milestone and pearl that you string indicates that you’re inching closer to your goal of achieving your dream…

41.  One day you’ll cross your bridge and hold the completed pearl necklace in your hands, and know that you’ve finally arrived at the destination you so desired to reach – enjoy!

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