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“If we look outside, we can glimpse the possibility of our dreams. When we look within we awaken our personal potential. This a book about looking inward and outward … an invitation to dreaming awake with eyes wide open.” Jonathan Mead

This week I have been reading Reclaim Your Dreams, by Jonathan Mead of Illuminated Mind.

Obviously the subject matter is something close to my heart, given the title of this website. I had heard some great reviews about this book already and was really looking forward to reading it to see what I thought for myself. I was not disappointed. In fact I was blown away! It captured my attention from page one. What I really liked about this book is that Jonathan presents an alternative to the one-size-fits-all approach. He challenges us, the reader, to use the book to explore our own unique situation and apply ‘uncommon’ sense to reclaiming our dreams.

This is beautifully written and refreshingly different with a perfect mixture of inspiration and practical tips and exercises. From letting go of others opinions to finding your purpose, from dealing with naysayers, to staying focused and earning money doing what you love, it’s all here. This is a comprehensive guide to living on your terms and reclaiming your dreams. Jonathan walks the talk. He knows what its like to work at your day job whilst pursuing your dreams in every other waking moment. He knows what it is like to want to achieve a dream, but not miss out on the present moment in achieving it.

Here is a a brief synopsis of the main chapters in the book:

Chapter 1: Reclaim Ownership of Your Own Mind

Are you in control of your mind or is it in control of you? Jonathan kicks off by asking you to have a look at this question and consider that a lot of the time the fears and judgments our minds create are running the show. He asks you to practice listening to your thoughts objectively. Are they the type of thoughts you truly want? You have been trained to listen to your head rather than your heart. Its time to listen to your heart.

Chapter 2: Stop Caring

“Giving up trying to be popular, perfect and important can remove the background noise that is getting in the way of what really matters to you.”

When you care too much about what others think about you, you are listening with your head, not your heart. Here you get to look at what really matters and see how letting go of the unessential is necessary to living authentically.

Chapter 3: Undomesticate Yourself

Did you know that you have been domesticated? We have all been taught various things since birth about what we can and can’t do. Here you get to look at the limiting beliefs and assumptions that develop out of that ‘domestication’ and challenge them. By doing this we can be aware of these self imposed limits and learn to choose from the heart rather than the head. Here you also get to look at that common trap of always living in the future and the value of presence in your everyday life.

Chapter 4: Define Your Dreams

This chapter begins Part 2 of this book where you begin to look at how to make your dreams a reality. Defining your dreams and then your purpose is the first step to resurrecting your dreams. There are some great exercises here to help you create a clean slate, really converse with your heart and get clear about your values. What I really liked about this part of the book is that there is some great practical exercises (that I have never tried before) to inspire and help you with this.

The three keys to make your dreams happen

Chapter 5: Key Number 1: Give Up (Or Overcoming Uncertainty)

“In order to pursue our dreams, we have to become masters of the wisdom of uncertainty.”

In this part of the book Jonathan asks you to push your ‘uncertainty limit’. As he says, we don’t always know how things are going to turn out however, nothing changes unless you push through your comfort zone.

Chapter 6: Key Number 2: Quit (or Reclaiming Ownership of Your   Time)

“Inch away at reclaiming time for your dreams week after week.”

For me this was one of my favourite parts of the book, as it’s one of the challenges I am currently facing in reclaiming my own dreams. There is some great practical advice here for removing distractions and remaining focused and patient on this part of the journey.

Chapter 7: Key Number 3: Skills (Or Creating Love Money)

This chapter is all about how to create money to reclaim your dreams. I really liked the exercise of looking at your ‘lifestyle choices’. By looking at what we really spend our money on right now we can see if it is necessary, and what can be cut back to free up our resources for living our dreams. This section of the book is all about starting to get out there, adding value, honing your skills and doing whatever your dream is.

Chapter 8: Three Things You Need to Know

The last chapter of the book looks at what we need to know when we are starting to live our dreams. It can be easy to paint a perfect picture of how life will be when you have reached your dream, but life always contains obstacles and Jonathan talks you through navigating some common pitfalls, including ‘killing’ your passion by now turning it into work.

This was one of the best and most relevant books I have read in a long time and I know that it will be a valuable resource to return to time and time again on my own journey.  As I said to Jonathan, what I really like about this book is that it will be helpful to you at any stage of your journey whether you are clear what you want to do and need some direction achieving it or really feel like you are not sure what your dreams are and are in the process of working out that out.

If like me, you could do with that extra help and insight on the road to reclaiming  your dreams you can buy it for $25 by visiting the link at Jonathan’s site Reclaim Your Dreams:  An Uncommon Guide To Living On Your Own Terms.  Jonathan can also be found at his sites:

Illuminated MindJonathan Mead and Bodyweight Renegade.

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