A few years ago, I was sorting through files and discarding old paperwork when I found a piece of notebook paper folded into quarters. I nearly threw it into the recycling bin, but something made me open it. Scrolled on the paper in black ink was a list. I recognized Micah's writing. There was no date on the paper, but I knew he had written it in preparation for the job search that would end with us moving to Wyoming. It was a list of fifteen dreams that made up what he called "a good life." I took a pencil and put a checkmark beside each fulfilled dream. When I finished, all fifteen dreams had a checkmark beside them. His vision for a good life had come true.
The act of writing down a dream, says Michael Hyatt, transforms it into a goal. "I don't fully understand how it works, but I have experienced it firsthand again and again." Hyatt goes on to reference the story of Lou Holtz, the famous football coach. "As a young man in 1966, Holtz wrote down his personal and professional goals one evening. They seemed impossible. He was broke and unemployed, and his wife was about to have their third child. His list included having dinner at the White House, appearing on The Tonight Show, meeting the pope, becoming head coach at Notre Dame, winning a national championship, being coach of the year, landing on an aircraft carrier, making a hole in one, and jumping out of an airplane... If you check Coach Lou Holtz's website, along with the list you will get pictures - pictures of Holtz with the pope, with President Reagan at the White House, yukking it up with Johnny Carson. In addition, a description of what it was like to jump out of an airplane and get not one but two holes in one. To date he has achieved 102 of his original 107 goals."
I too don't fully understand how it works, but I have experienced it firsthand. Writing a dream on a piece of paper is as good as writing it on our hearts. We give it a power it otherwise wouldn't have. We imbue it with special intention. Hyatt says the first thing he does every morning before he begins work is look at his list of dreams. I've taken to writing mine during my daily journaling. However you go about it, know that the act of writing down your dreams is as magical as a double rainbow that lasts forty-five minutes.