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Every so often I discover an activity that is life-changing. After seeing my written dreams manifest, I truly believe in the power of creating a dream list.

In the words of Gloria Steinem, “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

All too often we become accustomed to the routines and practices of daily life. Sometimes, the routines start to feel mundane and boring. It becomes harder to find time to do things that make us happy. We may find ourselves lost in relationships, careers, and taking care of friends and family. We may anticipate the daily flow of emails, text messages, and phone calls from colleagues and loved ones. It can become easy to get carried away by the steady and busy pace of the days that pass. As a result, we may begin to lose sight, momentarily, of our goals and dreams. We might forget to plan ahead and schedule things to look forward to. Similarly, we might even forget to look back on our progress and see how far we’ve come.

This is why it’s so important for us to remind ourselves to think big and set big goals for ourselves.

Anyone can create a dream list and it only takes a few minutes to start. A dream list is essentially a list of goals that can include places you want to see, people you want to meet, things you want to do, etc. It’s a blank canvas for you to paint the grandest vision of your life and manifest your dreams on paper. Specifically, it’s an important reminder that you have the power to make your dreams possible.

Dream lists provide the perfect channel for us to think big and write out the things that we want to do, see, feel, and accomplish. Additionally, they can provide a positive outlet, give us something to look forward to, help us prioritize our passions and interests, or realize that we’re ready for a big life change.

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You can live the life that you imagine.

The dream list is the blueprint and first step toward making your dreams happen.

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Have you dreamed of traveling to England (I know I have!) or wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Do you want to get in shape, start your own business, fall in love, write a book, or take a much needed vacation? All of these goals are possible and they start with dreaming.

Where do you see yourself in five years? In five months? Creating a dream list today can help you realize what you want in life. It’s one step closer to making your dreams happen!

Ready to get started or add to your existing list? These are my favorite dream list examples (perfect for referencing when you’re creating your own dream list):

Ariel of Dreams To Do: My Dream List

I love Ariel’s “Dreams I’ve Done” list! It’s important to take time to reflect on all of your accomplishments. Be proud of where you started and the progress you’ve made!

Jack Canfield: My 101 Lifetime Goals List And Why You Should Have One Too

Separating your goals by category (Travel, Adventure, Personal Achievements) is great tip, especially when it comes to creating a dream list. Jack’s list demonstrates a highly-organized and efficient approach.

Laura Vanderkam: My List Of 100 Dreams

Laura’s list is also categorized. I love how she listed her dreams in detail! It’s important to be able to visualize the dreams that you’re writing down on your list.

The most important takeaway: The dream list won’t work if you don’t. 

Be sure to be realistic when creating a dream list. Remember, all of your dreams are goals waiting to be accomplished. Take time to write down the steps that you may need to take in order to make them happen. Consider giving yourself a deadline for each step. Is a vacation one of your dreams? Plan out the steps you need to take to get there!

What are you writing on your Dream List? Share with us below!

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Do you have a dream list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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