Dealing in Dreams

           Every dream demands action or else it will die. Djinn deal in dreams of the rarest kind; dreams that reach beyond banality, at times attempting, it would seem, to change or pervert nature itself. Many people would find the mere notion of such dreams impossible, but perhaps there are ways to move in which one might be able, somehow, to meet the impossible halfway.

           A dream can either be viewed as a desire or a goal. Desires are emotional, and burn inside the chest like an angry rat in a cage of ribs. An unactualized desire can, and will, drive even the strongest of dreamers mad. Goals, on the other hand, are volitional in nature. A well formed goal leaps from the cage of one’s heart with a rabid hunger that drives it forward and out into in the external world, where, unlike a mere desire, it has some hope of changing reality itself.

          I demand that every wisher and dream addicted idealist reading these words stop and take a moment right now to write out their dreams as goals, and not just as any kind of goals, but as a “s.m.a.r.t.” goal.

           If you’re unfamiliar with the term, s.m.a.r.t. is an invaluable little acronym that stands for the five essential qualities that make up any well formed and effective goal: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Timed. These qualities are invaluable components in goal setting, in order to focus and direct one’s actions towards a clear and concrete outcome, one that will be gradually achieved over some set period of time.

           There’s nothing wrong with having massive, even slightly unrealistic, ambitions, but such things are absolutely impossible to achieve unless one first takes the time to define smaller, more tangible goals; goals that can be acted upon as soon as possible to move one’s self forward towards the realization of one’s ultimate insane desire. Going just one step further, break down these more realistic goals into a sequence of actions which one can personally take, the outcomes of which can be measured in order to establish whether or not you’re succeeding. Commit all of this to a time frame that will not only help realistically conceptualize how long it should take to achieve each step but will also place pressure on one's self to move forward. In fact, the only other things which are required after the planning phase are to actually get up and take action, and to always be willing to modify the original plan, rather than abandon the goal completely, when it runs into problems, which, unfortunately, are inevitable.

          If you were to meet me in a dream, you would find that I, like many magicians, am an absolute terror to behold. Yet it takes a rare kind of Djinni to take that unique spirit and imagination and do what needs to be done in order to conquer the waking world of material restrictions which so very long ago conquered us all. It also takes a great deal of will and courage, enough to turn mere water into fire and to dare to export such dreams as we have out here into reality itself. Good luck to all of you.

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