What if I told you that most people don’t even know what their true dreams are?

What if I told you that the things you say are your dreams aren’t actually your true dreams? That they don’t really wake you up in the morning, keep you up at night, or keep you going when life gets tough.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Yes, you have dreams. You have goals. You have aspirations. But do you know the things deep down inside that drive you?

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So what are your true dreams?

That’s what we’ll explore together today.



Bonus Content: Want to find your true dreams? Want to live with more passion, lead with purpose, and leave a legacy? I created a free worksheet for you called The Dare to Dream Worksheet. Look for it at the end of this post or Click Here to Get it Now!



Exercise 1: Explore your curiosity. Delve into your past. Chase some wild geese.

To find your true dreams, the things that really drive you, you first need to use your imagination.

Don’t be afraid to explore your curiosity. Don’t be afraid to chase a few wild geese. That’s what wild geese are for.

Don’t be afraid to chase wild geese sometimes. That’s what wild geese are for.”

What if I told you that the first step to finding your true dreams and experiencing a life of success and joy is actually pretty easy? Yep, you just need to make the time to think. To explore your imagination, your memories, and your curiosity.

To ask yourself the questions that most people never dare to ask:

  • What was I passionate about when I was a child?
  • What were my favorite subjects in school?
  • What am I fascinated by today? (No restrictions, no limits, no holding back. Anything is on the table here.)
  • What questions do I have that remain unanswered?
  • When I daydream, what do I daydream about?

Ignite your imagination. I’ve heard it said that your imagination is like a GPS system. It’s powerful when used correctly, but in order for it to work, you have to turn it on first.

It’s time to power on your imagination, delve into your curiosities, remember the long lost passions of your youth, and find your true dreams today.

Exercise 2: Look to the future. See what’s possible. Write your script.

What do you want your life to look like? It does not matter even one bit what your life is like today. What do you want it to look like?

Spend your creative energy focusing on the rest of your life, not what it looks like now or what it was 10 years ago.

One year from now. Five years from now. Ten, twenty, or fifty. Look into the future.

The key here is to invest every drop of your creative energy looking at the rest of your life, not focusing on what it looks like now. You cannot change the past, not even five minutes ago. Any time spent there during this step is useless. It’s wasted energy.

Ask yourself these questions that most people never dare to ask:

  • If money were no object, what would I do with my time? (Yes, it’s cliché, but a powerful question to ask)
  • What do I truly want me life to look like?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • What do I want to be?
  • What does my ideal day, week, month, and year look like?
  • What will be my major accomplishments in the next year? Next five years? Next ten, twenty, or fifty?
  • What type of legacy do I want to leave?
    • For my family?
    • For my friends?
    • For my community?
    • For the world?
  • How do I want to be remembered?

Write the script of your life. Write your own script. Not someone else’s. Not the one your parents wrote for you. Not the one you saw on TV or read about in a book. Your script.

Exercise 3: Work back to today. Make it real. Take action.

You’ve looked to the past, you’ve looked to the future, and you’ve explored your curiosities and imagined what can be. Now let’s make it real. Let’s make it present-tense.

It’s time to ask yourself these questions that most people never dare to ask:

  • What will it require of me to live that future?
    • Physically
    • Financially
    • Spiritually
  • What type of information must I learn to live that future?
  • Who must I become to live that future?
  • What immediate changes must I make?
  • What skills must I learn?
  • What beliefs must I change?
  • Who can help me get there?

This boils down to one simple question:

What would it take to get from where I am now to where I want to be?

Few people dare to ask that question. Even fewer choose to act on it.

When you ask that question and you take the time to actually answer it, you unleash the power of your creative mind. You unleash the spirit you were born with. You unleash the World Changer inside of you.

You will find your true dreams and live them out every day. Full of meaning. Full of purpose. Full of joy.

People will be drawn to you. People will follow you. You will lead others to find their true dreams.

Are you willing to ask these hard questions? Are you ready to find your true dreams?

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15 thoughts on “Do You Even Know What Your True Dreams Are?

  1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    Love this post bro! This kind of work and effort is essential…but so often neglected. We THINK we know what we want, but we don’t really! Looking forward to using the worksheet!

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      I’d definitely say this is Quadrant 2 stuff – Important but not urgent…or IS it urgent for some? Hmmm.

      1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

        I think it’s urgent in the fact that if you don’t do it, you’re just wasting time! but it’s not something that is easy to make time for!

      2. Jana Botkin says:

        Mark, maybe we could just face one big question a day and work through these things over the course of a few weeks.

      3. Matt McWilliams says:

        Good idea Jana!

      4. Mark Sieverkropp says:

        Great approach!

  2. Zechariah Newman says:

    Great post Matt. We all can get surface level with dreaming. Never going to the QBQ. Keep up the great work. PS I have loved life since getting rid of my social media apps off my phone a month ago. Thanks for the encouragement:)

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      That is awesome Zech!

  3. Jon Stolpe says:

    Interesting, Matt. I just finished up my weekly Ice Breaker post for tomorrow, and I wrote about the bucket list. In the upcoming post, I write about a few of the “dreams” on my bucket list. As I was writing about it, a verse came to mind. Proverbs 16:9 is a great reminder to make sure we permit God to layout our steps. If we’re leaning into Him, our dreams will better align with his plan for us.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Yes! That is one verse I committed to heart.

    2. Heidi Bender says:

      Second time today I’ve seen Proverbs mentioned on a blog. I decided to reread Proverbs recently so finding it interesting that Proverbs has come across my screen twice, when I was not looking for it!

  4. Dan Erickson says:

    I may be one of the few who has always known my dreams. I also know that I’ve already made them true. Reaching them in their fullest potential is the bigger challenge.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      That is awesome Dan!

      What are they if you don’t mind sharing?

      1. Dan Erickson says:

        A great writer. I am. The larger potential is selling movie rights and getting songs recorded by major artists and monetizing blogs. Check out the welcome pages for my new blogs for 2015. Content, art and beauty meet @ http://www.simplwrtr.com and http://www.simplblogger.com.

  5. Heidi Bender says:

    I was challenged by similar question when I read 48 Days to the Work You Love. it was reading that book that helped me discover that I wanted to be an organist. It was on a list I made while reading the book.

    Lifestyle design questions can feel scary as it forces you to think about your life! I’m working making my life what it to be!

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