Dreamer: I am so excited! Doubter: Not me. I don't like this at all. It's far away and could be dangerous.
Dreamer: Nonsense. This is my dream handed to me on a silver platter. Doubter/Realist (they're close cousins): Who is going to run your business while you're away?
Dreamer: My fabulous team whom I completely trust. Doubter: Well, how's it going to look to your clients that you are out of the country for three months?
Dreamer: I think as a Dream Coach, it's going to look pretty good.
When you are stuck, procrastinating or worrying, chances are your Doubter has taken over. If ignored, it can sabotage your dreams. So how do you deal with it? Turn the volume down a notch and the Doubter simply becomes the Realist, the part that wants to know where the time and money will come from for your venture.
But before you turn down the Doubter, hear from it. It will give you valuable information such as a list of obstacles that you can manage later. Freedom comes as you appreciate its wisdom and insight rather than judging it as the enemy.
If you never deal with your doubt and you meet another Doubter on the road, their doubt will magnify yours. However, if you have worked with your own doubt, next time a Doubter challenges you, by contrast it will be the opportunity to deepen your commitment and conviction to your dream.
This is one of 28 chapters in Marcia Wieder's book, Dreams Are Whispers From The Soul.
Marcia Wieder is Founder of Dream University with over twenty years coaching, training and speaking experience. Marcia has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, in her own PBS-TV special and is past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners
Marcia Wieder is a gifted author, an engaging speaker, and a successful business woman. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, in her own PBS TV special; and is considered one of the country’s leading authorities on how to turn dreams into realities.
Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. ~H.F. Hedge
Dreams are answers to questions we haven't yet figured out how to ask. ~X-Files
All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams. ~Elias Canetti
Dreams are only thoughts you didn't have time to think about during the day. ~Author Unknown
A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read. ~The Talmud
Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you. ~Marsha Norman
A dream has power to poison sleep. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Mutability"
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. ~William Dement
Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions. ~Edgar Cayce
I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake. ~Rene Descartes, "Meditations on First Philosophy"
Dreams are excursions into the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. ~Henri Amiel
There's a long, long trail a-winding into the land of my dreams. ~Stoddard King, Jr.
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there. ~E.M. Cioran, The Tempation to Exist
Dreams digest the meals that are our days. ~Astrid Alauda, Dyspeptic Enlightenment
Pay attention to your dreams - God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
One can write, think and pray exclusively of others; dreams are all egocentric. ~Evelyn Waugh
Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language. ~Gail Godwin
That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it.... We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself. ~Paracelsus, quoted in The Dream Game
Huge and mighty forms that do not live like living men, moved slowly through the mind by day and were trouble to my dreams. ~Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence
Recall the old story of the rather refined young man who preferred sex dreams to visiting brothels because he met a much nicer type of girl that way. ~Vivian Mercer
Dreams are free, so free your dreams. ~Astrid Alauda
I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes~
For dhrames always go by conthraries, my dear. ~Samuel Lover, Rory O' More
In a dream you are never eighty. ~Anne Sexton
In dreams, we enter a world that's entirely our own. ~Steven Kloves, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (movie)
I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams.... Man... is above all the plaything of his memory. ~Andre Breton, "Manifesto of Surrealism," 1924
A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul. ~Erich Fromm (Thanks, Sarah)
Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud. ~Grey Livingston
Dreams are free therapy, but you can only get appointments at night. ~Grey Livingston
Some colors exist in dreams that are not present in the waking spectrum. ~Terri Guillemets
The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary. ~Ashleigh Brilliant
Dreams are nature's answering service - don't forget to pick up your messages once in a while. ~Sarah Crestinn
Codi: "So you think we all just have animal dreams. We can't think of anything to dream except our ordinary lives." Loyd: "Only if you have an ordinary life. If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life." ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep. ~Astrid Alauda, Dyspeptic Enlightenment
We are not only less reasonable and less decent in our dreams... we are also more inteligent, wiser and capable of better judgment when we are asleep than when we are awake. ~Erich Fromm
For a dreamer, night's the only time of day. ~From the movie Newsies
Those who have compared our life to a dream were right.... We sleeping wake, and waking sleep. ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1580