Welcome to The Fully Lived Life podcast! A podcast for those who are longing to pursue the full life and want to break free from anything that holds them back. Listen in as two friends - a psychologist, Dr. Merry, and a life coach, Gillian - talk about life, love, and purpose - with wisdom, humor, and transparency - through the lens of science, psychology, and life experiences.
In today’s episode we throw out these words to get some reaction. Some of the reactions may be sadness, excitement, regret, hope and a “I don’t know if I have any”!
Chapter 7 of Jen Hatmaker’s book “Fierce, Free and Full of FIre” is on Dreaming.
Do you have one of these dreams or longings that is maybe sitting under the surface or worse yet down deep and maybe even buried? Merry and Gillian both share how they have had to rein themselves in from this.
In Henry Cloud's book “9 Things You Simply Must Do”, he talks about the concept of playing the movie. Take the life you are living today and in the case of our topic today of your dreams, what will the movie look like if you don’t make any choices to move in the direction of your dream? In 1 year, 5 years, 10 years?
Merry and GIllian discuss how gender may get in the way of women pursuing their dreams. For our female listeners, the idea of “wanting” may seem like a bad thing.
So let’s ask ourselves:
Do I have a dream? A dream that I am refusing to bring into the light of day?
How would that dream benefit me, benefit others, benefit the world?
Therapeutic Response: Merry often asks people: “if you could dream of the perfect day what would it look like?” or “If you didn’t have to get a paycheck what would you be doing?”
Here are some suggestions to spark some thoughts around your dreams and longings:
Life Coaching Exercise:
What did you dream about when you were a child, a teen?
Was the dream fostered or squelched…. By whom?
If the dream is still alive in you even by a flicker what can you do to add a little gas?
Remember - play the movie… if you don’t do anything to gas the dream play the movie of your life 1 yr, 3 5 10 yrs from now. It’s a brave step to go on this adventure, but what will you be missing out on if you don’t try?
Dr. Merry’s book: https://amzn.to/2rCrJyI
Dr. Merry’s videos: https://bit.ly/377eFR0
Dr. Merry’s website: https://drmerry.com
Dr. Lin & Associates: http://drlinandassociates.com
Gillian’s Website: https://gillianmcshane.com
Jen Hatmaker's book: https://amzn.to/2Z6QcKf
Henry Clouds book: https://amzn.to/3lWdtI6