Have You Lost Your Ability to Dream

  • 26 September 2022
  • Angela Miccio-Harris

Sometimes my clients lose their ability to dream. 

They feel exhausted, discouraged, and have no desire to imagine a better future, they are just too busy or stressed with the next task to get done. I felt this experience to when,  I was in toxic situations within my marriage which was on going for years. My ability to dream (the capacity to hope) got lost in my desire to just obtain some peace. For me it wasn’t until I made myself regularly take time out to sit for whole day in silience and ask myself questions that my capacity to dream and hope reawakened and would refuel me.

Here is a great post I feel to share from Stephen Desilva, I recently did this exercise and found it very powerful.

“Dreaming is important, and it requires two things:


Imagination allows us to look forward and “see” what does not yet exist. It inspires us to move closer and achieve the goals that we’re hoping for. Memory, in contrast, is what we’ve experienced in the past: some moments incredible, some painful.

Many of us have endured difficult events that have shaped our lives. We don’t need to deny these past pains, but we also need to recognize the benefit of moving forward. That’s where dreaming serves us well. We get to ask God, “Who am I? Why am I? What do I see?” and then follow that dream.

If you’re exhausted and feel like you’ve lost your ability to dream, here’s a simple exercise to follow: 

Get out a lined sheet of notebook paper.

On one side, write a list of your dreams, skipping every other line so that it appears double-spaced. Ask yourself, “What am I hoping for?” Write down every dream that God brings to mind, even if some feel too big or scary.
Once you’ve completed this list, flip over to the other side and write down every testimony God has done in your life. Again, leave a blank space between each entry so that the page appears double-spaced.
After this second side is completed, flip back over to the front. You’ll see your double-spaced record of your dreams. Fill in every empty space between each dream with a testimony. This will start to blend your dreams and testimonies together. When you’re finished, do this on the second page as well and insert your dreams between each testimony.

This exercise is a great way to jump-start our dreaming capabilities. Sometimes all we need to activate our hope is to remind ourselves of what God has already done.”

About Angela Miccio-Harris

Angela is Speaker& Coach. Passionate about helping busy, motivated people who wish to live their best Life Now! with changes that lasts around actions or mindsets that last. She is strategic and goal focused with a range of tools in her toolbox that she can pull from. So you get things in place gain insight and are moving ahead, creating greater joy and satisfaction instead of staying stuck or frustrated with your life, well-being, finances or work. She is a Results Certified BBC Coach from the Neuroleadership Group and a qualified member of the International Coaching Federation. Take advantage of the wealth of experience she has to offer with her Complimentary 30 minute “discovery session” at www.angelamiccio-harris.co.nz email angela@thekingdomcentre.co.nz She works with clients throughout New Zealand via Skype or face to face.

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