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Need a New Dream? Here’s 12 Questions to Help You Find One

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I never set out to talk about dreams this much. But ever since the release of Resurrection Year – a memoir about starting again after a broken dream – I’ve found myself answering lots of questions about them. How can you turn a broken dream into a new beginning? When should you let a dream die? How can you know if a dream is your own idea or given by God? There was even a short film made about our ‘dreams’ story.

But whenever I speak on dreams someone will inevitably put up their hand and ask, ‘What if you don’t have any dreams for your life? How can you find one?’ You may not be a particularly dream-driven person. Or you may just be too tired from the trials of life to have the mind and heart space to dream right now. Whatever the reason, if you’re stuck when it comes to having a dream for your life, what I’ve written below may help you unearth a new dream or aspiration.

12 Questions to Help You Find a New Dream

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Picture credit: Calum MacAulay

This is a tool I use with attendees of my Recalibrate Your Life retreat. These 12 questions are arranged from easy to harder, to help you ease in. I’ve left space so you can print this page off and use it one quiet afternoon. Alternatively, you can download the Word doc here. I hope these prompts start you on the track to dreaming again. Let me know how you go in the comments below.

1. An experience I’d like to have…

 

 

2. A person I’d like to learn from…

 

 

3. A project I’d like to complete…

 

 

4. A hobby I’d like to explore…

 

 

5. A relationship I’d like to strengthen…

 

 

6. A talent or spiritual gift I’d like to develop…

 

 

7. A character trait I’d like to grow in…

 

 

8. A wrong I’d like to right…

 

 

9. ‘The place God calls you to is where the world’s deep hunger and your deep gladness meet’ (Frederick Buechner):

  • A world need or cause (‘hunger’) I feel drawn to…

 

 

  • A job or task I feel most alive doing (‘gladness’)…

 

 

10. The part of God’s Dream I most resonate with…

  • Fulfilling Longings
  • Healing Wounds
  • Creating Beauty
  • Restoring Harmony

 

11. What I’d do if money were no object…

 

 

12. What I’ll regret not doing before I die…

 

 

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  • Caro

    Thanks Sheridan for these questions to reflect on. After going through a period of grief after my broken dreams, I spent a long time trying to work out some new dreams. Now I have made a few things happen and I am slowly regaining my ability to dream. I will definitely be writing about these questions that you have created to help me move even further forward on my journey of healing.