Birthing Our Dreams

“Every journey begins with the first step of articulating the intention, and then becoming the intention.” Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason


By Dawn Onley

Pull out a blank piece of paper.

At the top of it, write this: “By this time next year, I will be …”

Then, list as many words to describe what your near future holds for you.

More fit? An entrepreneur? A college graduate? Healthy? A homeowner? A world traveler? Debt-free? Dating? Married? A mom? Living in a new city? Cancer-free? An author? An investor? A philanthropist? A vegetarian? A runner? A caregiver? Writing my dissertation? Retired? A swimmer? A success?

Whatever you dream for yourself, capture it on this sheet of paper. Don’t hold back. Just write. Don’t think too hard or take too long. Don’t talk yourself out of your words. Instead, let your words flow freely.

If you feel it, chances are it’s something you’ve been wanting to do.

Every good thing, claim it for yourself.


Fill up at least half a sheet of paper with these dreams. Now, review the list and read out loud what you wrote. Read it with conviction. If you have a trusted friend, read the list to him or her. Tell them what you will do by this time next year.

And then, flip the paper over.

How will you get there? What will it take? What will you need to let go of to reach your goals? Write the answers to these questions on the back.

There are no stupid responses to these questions. There are no dumb dreams. Whatever you desire, you can make happen.

This process is where it all starts. It’s how dreams are born. It may seem simplistic, but when we write down our goals and our dreams, it helps to keep us focused. When we give voice to them, we subconsciously give ourselves permission to go after them. We make room for our blessings.

Do this exercise.

Keep the paper.

Remember the date.

Get to work.



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