“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.”–Mike Dooley

So who is Mike Dooley, a writer and entrepreneur and a thinker in the New Thought Movement. I haven’t done any further research on him as the wiki page was a bit meh!

So what do I get from this quote? If I consider that “dreams” are the collection of things that would define happiness and contentment, such as the apex of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs which is self actualisation. What is actually required to have those “dreams”?

The first thing that springs to mind is a nice living environment, somewhere warn and sunny with a temperate climate near the sea. In a city where there is easy access to all the modern amenities yet easy enough to escape the confines of the city.

Next would be a content, happy easy to get along with family, no contention, no stroppiness, no demands that aren’t defined (it seriously tweaks me when my kids shout “hungry” without saying what it is that they want).

Then education, a school where my children aren’t surrounded by nasty, vile little specimens whose parents have only attained the educational level of a 12 year old (the UK national average for adults), where the teachers are of the highest quality and the resources are excellent. I can personally say that between the ages of 4 and 9 there is absolutely little difference between private and state school as our children have been to both.

Love, passion and sex – DW and I are very good in bed, although as the years have gone by, we’ve both become a little knackered. It would be nice if we could both drop our knickers at the drop of a hat as we used to, but children, work, school and disorganisation get in the way.

Materialism, oh! there is so much stuff that we want, electronics, cars, motorcycles, houses, holidays, clothes… the list goes on and on. Ranging from the creature comforts to the “why the hell did you buy that”. So, it’s pretty obvious that we need to increase income, it would be nice to have a dream job but somehow I can’t visualise what it would be.

All in all, is a case of personal embourgoisement slow small steps to getting to a place where we would be content with our lot. So its knowing what your dreams are and what the end goal is.