Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Day 2196 - It's time for a new job title

The Dream Enabler


On Saturday I blogged about my weekly trips to Sydney to help dreams come true.  Mostly my daughters.

Sammie from The Annoyed Thyroid suggested I add "Dream Enabler" to my job title.

I love that! So much so that I feel the need to blog about it.



Now bear with me because I only noticed this comment five minutes ago so there has been around 60 seconds of thought put into this post.  It may go nowhere.

We often hear of Dream Stealers.  Those people who are constantly telling people what's not possible.  They are the "Can't Monsters" who put the kibosh on a person's vision.

Dream Stealers can come in the form of well-meaning friends, parents, teachers or work colleagues.

It has been my experience that Dream Stealers have a narrow comfort zone.  They have a set of belief patterns that keep them focussed on "the norm" and they tread through life very carefully.

Dream Stealers don't always see what's possible and they often miss opportunities because of their limited vision.

Dream Stealers will often focus on a person's weaknesses rather that recognise the power of a person's strengths.

Dream Enablers on the other hand believe anything is possible.  Dream Enablers see the world as place filled with opportunities.

Dream Enablers notice that everyone has something special to offer the world and they applaud their strengths.

Dream Enablers live in a "but free zone" and replace all the usual "buts" with "imagine if".

Dream Enablers support others, cheer them on and believe in the possibilities.

I like the idea of being a Dream Enabler.  I like that as a job title.

I like the idea of being a Mum with that job title.

I know, I know ... we don't want to send lambs to the slaughter if their dreams are completely out of reach.

But what do we know?

Unless we have walked the exact same path because we wanted to achieve the exact same results we are not experts.

My parents were Dream Enablers.  Sure, they strongly encouraged me to have a back-up plan and kindly guided me in certain directions if I was heading down a slightly dusty road.  But they didn't steal my dreams.  They simply re-tuned the channel from time to time so I could get a clearer picture.

I liked that about the way I was raised.

That's the kind of legacy I hope to pass on.

Dream Enabler.

Thanks Sam - I'll take it! 

Do you have Dream Enablers in your life?

When was the last time someone stole your dream?

20 comments :

  1. I love Dream Enabler - I'm working really hard on becoming that for myself! Kanye (don't laugh, I love Kanye...) said people need to learn to protect their dreams - he says that's how he became so successful, he wouldn't listen to anyone who tried to crush his dream...(he said it better, but I can't find it). We could all do with a little more Kanye in our head...

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    1. Three cheers for Kanye! If he's a Dream Enabler then I'm in. Not sure I'd go so far as to support him for President, but I'll give him a few thumbs up for having the dream!

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  2. Oh I love this and trust beautiful Sammie to think of it. I know a few dream stealers and they actually do it intensionally.

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    1. Intentional dream stealing is the worst kind. Who does that? Seriously. I can understand people doing it passively or with more heartfelt intentions, but to aggressively steal a person's dreams is just sucky. Energy thieves!

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    2. Stay away from the dream stealers! They're bad news!

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  3. Ooh I love it!! Sammie, is a bit of a dream enabler in my life at the moment - truth be told :)

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  4. What a great title- I need more of these in my life!

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    1. We all do Amy! Stay away from the dream stealers and energy thieves ...

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  5. I love this Leanne. My husband and I like to think of ourselves as dream enablers (never had a name for it though!) for all our kids, but at the moment especially for Miss 17 who wants to be a country singer. Hubby is her 'manager' and has arranged every one of her 120+ gigs over the past two years including equipment and getting her to and from. We support her in getting her down to Melbourne once a fortnight for vocal finishing lessons and have helped her save towards her goal of moving to Nashville. We'll do anything we can to support her in the direction she wants to go, and the minute she says she doesn't want it anymore, then so be it.

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    1. That is so fantastic Jodi! Isn't great that our girls have such solid dreams? I never had that sort of motivation and drive at that age. It's worth us nurturing it. My girl's plan is for NYC so we're on a similar path! Well done you. Your Melbourne travel sounds just like our Sydney travel. So happy to see another family on a similar path. Three cheers for the Mumagers and Dadagers! And DREAM ENABLERS!

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  6. Love the title. Though my immature brain is giggling at "but free zone".

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    1. You're not alone!! I often talk about But-Free-Zones when I do public speaking. It ALWAYS gets a giggle :) I love that it gets a giggle.

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  7. I absolutely love this title because I most definitely am one. I am a huge believer that where I am today, the house I live in, my blog, my career all started off with a dream and I did everything in my power to make the dream come true. Dream big I say!

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    1. Yep! Dream big :) So good to see so many Dream Enablers out there.

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  8. I hope I am a Dream Enable for my hubster and kids, and yes, even readers of my blog x

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  9. Oh I just love this - I would like to surround myself with Dream Enablers :) it's one of my greatest pursuits as a parent - thanks for giving it a title :) Mim x #IBOT

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  10. I love the title - sounds like you are doing lots to help with your kids dreams and I think we also do this when we show our kids that we dream for ourselves and go after those dreams - that dreams are possible and that we all deserve to go after them.

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  11. Your babies are so lucky to have a mum with that attitude, Leanne! If we don't encourage them, who else will?
    I'm a fierce dream enabler for Bell, and have been ever since she was a littlie. Dreams still keep me going.
    And a big YAY for that gorgeous Sammie x

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