Attending in World Dream Day’s activity in Powerbooks, Greenbelt, Makati City has been a respite from the modern chaos, a time for diversion, for recharging my drive to accomplish what’s next in my list of dreams. Thanks to Dreambook as well, I am getting more charged up and excited about life every single day. For those who haven’t heard about World Dream Day Philippines or the Dreambook Project, I hope that you take the time to read this first. πŸ™‚

Now assuming that we’re all on the same page, let me take you through the highlights of the event last Saturday. It was the first time that the Philippines has celebrated and joined the many other dreamers share their dream on World Dream Day. I thought that this was a great moment for people to take the time to focus on their dream and turn it into reality.

The theme for this year was: Dream Different. It’s to establish and write a dream that will make a difference in the world. Founder of World Dream Day, Ozioma Egwuonwu, explained in a video that people who have dreams are people who contribute to a better world. While watching her, I found myself nodding lightly and agreeing to the said statements. Dreams empower global progress. As we start to identify what we want to do and build on the idea, we become more excited and we tend to encourage the realization that’s being conversed to the world.

The goal was for World Dream Day Philippines to help participants specify, clarify and celebrate their dreams or goals, and plan on how to reach these dreams, with the help of a few pages from the Dreambook.

Life Coach Claude M. Sta. Clara was the speaker and facilitator. He has been very effective in clearly and succinctly communicated and guided us in writing our dream and unleash our potential. He has been facilitating training, consulting and coaching for the past 24 years.

He specializes in coaching using neuro-semantics, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), timeline therapy, hypnotherapy and self-actualization psychology. Coach Claude is currently a consultant at coaching companies Mind Pool, Organizational Change Consultants International, and Fullness of Life Foundation.

4 Steps to Make a Dream Come True – by World Dream Day and Dreambook

There are four steps on how to make a dream and make it come true, Life Coach Claude M. Sta. Clara said:

1. Rate: Rate three areas in our life, specifically in health, family and career/studies, from 1 to 10 (1-farthest; 10-closest). Encircle the lowest number and know that it corresponds to the area that you should improve on the most and dream about achieving.

Not to give the answer of others, I’d just share what I had in mind here.

Health: I dream to have a leaner, more toned body. (9)

I actually don’t have a lot of excess fats around my arms, tummy and legs. You would probably think that I eat sinful food all the time because I’m a food blogger. Haha! But that’s not true. In most days of the week (5/7 or 6/7), I eat really clean and healthy food cooked by my mom at home and pack food for lunch in the office.

I practice exercise regimens such as pushups, situps, crunches, stationary jogs, stretching, jumping jacks and squats non-stop for at least 20 minutes in a day usually an hour or 1.5 hours after dinner. I think it’s a good training routine to keep, targeting fat burning to the maximum. To move further though, I can dial in a more advanced fitness program. I’ve tried the Insanity Workout before and I think I can do it again. πŸ˜›

Family: I dream to spend more quality time with family discovering new places and learning life lessons together. (9)

I am very close with my familyβ€”my parents and sister. We see each other every day and discuss what happened during the day when we’re all back at home. We have dinner together and eat at the same time around the same table at least five times a week (weekdays). We even sleep in one room! πŸ™‚

I just dream that we get to travel to more destinations next time since my sister will be graduating from college very soon. There’s no more deadlines and homework she has to attend to (well, those are usually what hinders us to have free times in the weekend).

Career: I dream to open up a business without having to compromise my day-job. (7)

I am still in the process of making this dream happen. With ashitabaplant.com, I am able to educate people about the wonders of ashitaba plant and the chalcones (such as lower blood sugar and fight diabetes, lower high blood pressure and treat metabolic syndrome, lower high cholesterol, etc.) and sell ashitaba products from Japan.

Operating this online business is relatively easy and does not interfere with my day-job. Apart from that, I’m a practitioner of online marketing and content development for search engine optimization (SEO), and I do this as part of another online venture. As a workaholic, I thought I have not yet maximized my time and pushed myself to the limit. Hence, still not giving up the security of a regular salary, I’ve just newly opened a door for an “online extravaganza.”

In my case, having the lowest rating of 7, career must be the area I should work on in my dream.

2. Write: Write your dream in the following format: My name is __________. My dream is _________ on or before __________. This is important because _______.

Everyone was asked to stand in front and share his/her dream. Some were at first shy about it because they’re probably not really used to speaking in front of a crowd but through the support and encouragement given by the others, they became more comfortable in the end. I was the last to share mine, and it was this:

My name is Rochkirstin Santos. My dream is to launch expoPinoy.com, an e-commerce site which is envisioned to promote and export the best of Pinoy products online worldwide, on or before December 2014. This is important because I feel challenged to imagine the dream I have in my heart and that’s to become successful both in business and in career. I intend to serve as an inspiration to others as well. This is also to prove to myself that being young doesn’t mean being unprepared, inexperienced or weak. And hopefully, I can do just that, with the help of others and God. πŸ™‚

3. Plan: Planning steps on how to make your dream come true will make you become more guided realistically.

Planning based on whims and fantasies does not form the backbone of a strong plan. As in the case of IT project management, I have been most exposed to planning firm schedules with the right budget, people and resources through tactical execution of strategic vision. It wouldn’t be as hard to go through the same exercise with the online business development.

If you’re doing a plan for the first time, I suggest sitting down with a piece of paper. This can be in a journal, spiral notebook, or a blank document on your computerβ€”whatever works best for you. Jot down what you need to get accomplished and create a timetable. Set priorities and monitor your timetable regularly. Review what you’ve finished and stick to the plan. When possible, list out also the risks and create a risk management plan and strategy to keep issues from developing into emergencies. Assess the risks and plan on how to address them.

4. Act: Act according to the plan.

People are full of dreams but realizing those dreams is another thing, and dreams would be useless without work or action. There are many ways to achieve our dreams, and one of the most essential things is having the confidence and motivation that will make us do everything to get to the dreams that we have.

I believe that God has already lined up the right people and the right opportunities and He wouldn’t have given us the dream if He wouldn’t allow to bring it to come to pass. The Bible tells us that God β€œby his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream ofβ€”infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.” (Ephesians 3:20 LB). Dream a dream so big only God can fulfill it. πŸ˜€

Snack Break and Dreambook Raffle

Before the session ended, we enjoyed some food and drinks and also congratulated those who won the raffle draws. Prizes were three copies of the Dreambook. Those who bought the Dreambook that day were also winners as they were able to avail of the special 10% discount.

Wrap Up

World Dream Day is an international movement that makes us specify, clarify and celebrate our dreams, plan on how to reach the dreams, and begin a community of dreamers supporting each other. In collaboration with Dreambook, it has communicated that dreams are continuing visions of what we want our life to be at its highest level of fulfillment. Through sharing the four simple steps, I hope that you, my readers, can also think about your dreamβ€”what you want to do, how you want to do it, what kind of person you want to become in the process.

What’s your dream story? Share it below. Please follow the format: My name is __________. My dream is _________ on or before __________. This is important because _______. Thanks! πŸ˜€

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78 Responses

  1. XmasDolly

    My name is Marie and my dream has been met. I married my soulmate and am very happy. I would love to be a great blogger and have many people follow me and to make money at what I do.

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  2. carra d

    Thanks for sharing. I’m not sure what my dream is. I’m going through a lot of life changes so I haven’t thought about it. I guess I’d like to be able to do more with my blog (while getting paid) πŸ™‚ because I enjoy sharing products, fashion, fitness stuff.

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  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    My dream is to be able to travel the world. Right now, the kids are preventing me from doing that, but maybe when I retire.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I have met so many people and encountered many articles saying that children are the reason why they can’t travel. I guess that’s a true and sad fact in life. That also happened to us. While we were growing up, we haven’t traveled even around our own country because there are so many things to do for school. Now that we have our businesses and jobs and are earning money on our own, we can have more time and budget for travel. πŸ™‚ You will get there, too. Don’t worry!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Some might call it simple but for other families, that’s very hard to achieve. We should be grateful that we have our families close to us living happily together.

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  4. Rashell Abril

    I am a dreamer. One of my dreams is to travel and explore the world. I’m working on it. Soon or maybe later, I’ll be living my dreams.

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  5. Tanya Coffman

    Sounds like you had a very inspiring session. I really enjoyed reading about this concept and I’m scratching my brain how to incorporate this into a homeschool career shadowing exercise. My dream would be to work my own small farm and garden…hopefully I will get that before my kids are grown!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, I did. I thought at first it was going to be boring but the sharing and discussions made the session lively. I will pray for you to meet your dream and goal. You can do it! πŸ˜€

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  6. Franc Ramon

    I think the world has not encourage dreamers much now with the faster paced life. It’s nice step back and see what we dream to achieve. Good luck on your dreams.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Franc! πŸ™‚ Well, the clock is always ticking. I have learned that when you have a dream, you must establish a timeline. Be careful not to have them hang around for years simply because the timeline spells β€œsome day.”

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  7. Mary Ann

    My dream is having wonderful life with my family. I am doing just that. I want to travel and experience things with my husband and kids and live life to its fullest potential.

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  8. Dawn

    I know it sounds cliche, but I’m living my dream right now. I have a great husband, and awesome son, and I love what I do.

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  9. Tamika

    My dream is to make sure each child don’t get abuse by their parent’s, caregiver’s or family members. By making parent’s and families aware that their children are getting hurt by their actions. To make sure each children don’t think suicide is the only way to end their pain. I’m getting closer to my dream.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’m glad to hear about your dream, Tamika. You’re a kind soul to think good about others and especially children. They are the future of the world, hence it would really be a great help if they have a positive outlook and positive energy.

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  10. Sandy

    I love the concept of World Dream Day. I think it’s important to have such events that encourage creativity and entrepreneurship.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      To me, it sends a message that we are responsible and accountable for our own lives. So it’s important to focus. Our chance of getting there is far greater if we have thought through our route.

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  11. Michelle de Guzman

    I totally believe in writing your dreams down. I love vision boards and revisiting the dreams each year to modify them or celebrate the actualization of the dreams.

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  12. michele d

    I wish you lots of luck with making your dream come true. It’s sounds like your one step closer.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Creating dreams for children are typical for parents to do. But when they become mature enough, it’s better to have them have their own sets of dreams. πŸ™‚ Everyone should have a chance for self-expression and be the master of own fate.

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  13. Erica Brooks

    I keep a journal and have written my dreams down for years and they have come true. I have a supportive and loving husband, two healthy children and a successful business. I am very active in my church and voluteering.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Very nice to hear that from you, Erica. It sounds like you are really in control of your life. Great job with the journal and congratulations in making your dreams come true. πŸ™‚

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      That is why we also need help to form our dream. Take a moment to think about it and follow the tips as mentioned above. Hopefully you can make one this weekend. Be inspired. πŸ˜€

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  14. Michelle

    Sometimes I exhaust my excitement when I talk about my dreams and somewhere along the way lose the excitement to continue the dream. I get so raveled in the dream “thus far” the nostalgia of it that I stop dreaming.

    The worst is waking up and forgetting the dream but being left with the bliss. It’s a wonderful feeling and to forget where it came from is disappointing.

    This is wonderful “A Dream Day”. Daydreams are just as important for the mind as dreams while we sleep.

    I look forward to following along.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      We dream all the time, whether we’re awake and even asleep! This means that dreaming is inherent in us. Just keep on dreaming but also plan on how to make them come to life. πŸ™‚

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  15. mindy

    What a useful errr is it a workshop? It’s always important to know (and have) your dream and try to set up realistic goal and steps to reach them! Maybe i should start writing down my own dreams and the steps necessary to reach them!

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  16. Bonnie @ wemake7

    I too wish to have a leaner and more toned body. =) Looks like you had a great day. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Sharing it loud and proud to the world will make the dream feel more real. Just like what’s said in The Alchemist, right? The universe will conspire to help you get to your goals and reach your dream.

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  17. Rebecca Swenor

    This is such a great post. My dream is for my children to lead happy productive lives and to have a family of their own some day. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      That’s a nice dream most parents would have for their children. I bet you have a more specific version of this dream. Thanks as well and you’re welcome, Rebecca. πŸ™‚

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  18. Deanna Ritz

    My dream was to get married and have a family. I’m getting to live my dream right now. It’s wonderful and I thank God all the time for the great gift he has given me.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You sound like a supportive mom, Becka. I’m sure your kids feel happy and proud to have you as their mom. Not all parents are okay for their children to choose whatever they choose to do.

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  19. Danielle

    World Dream Day is a wonderful idea. It is important for us to dream of a better life for ourselves, our kids, friends and everyone.

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  20. Fred

    I have never heard of a World Dream Day too. But yes, we have to visualize our dreams to make them happen. Interesting how there should be a “on or before” date for that dream to happen.

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  21. Iris Pulga

    Thanks for sharing. My dream business is still a work in progress but I don’t really mind because what’s more important is that I am already working on it, not just dreaming about it. πŸ™‚

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  22. Marian Clarissa

    Hi everyone! πŸ™‚ I’m Clarissa, and I organized World Dream Day Philippines, with the help of my teammates.

    Nice post! Thank you, Roch. Nice to see all these comments as well. I hope we all pursue and reach our dreams. πŸ™‚

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  23. Sam

    I have done a similar exercise called Passion Play, and my officemate tried it to. Result? She took up a Masters in International Studies because she realized she wanted to travel πŸ™‚

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