I love to daydream since young.
When I was in primary 3, after watching NBA, I would daydream about being one of the starters in the school basketball teamâ€¦although I was in the football team.
I toyed with the idea and after a few weeks, I spoke to the teacher in charge of football. He laughed at me, saying I'll never be anything more than a “calefare” (bench warmer) in the team.
In the next one year, I picked up basketball and practiced every dayâ€¦eventually making it into the starter team and representing my school in basketball tournaments.
Fast forward to my polytechnic daysâ€¦
On my first day, I daydreamed about being one of the top students in my class.
It was a huge step for me because I was never excited about studyingâ€¦and I'm among other students who had better entry scores.
But I challenged myself to learn new studying strategies, found another student to have a healthy competition with, and I began to get Asâ€¦ receiving multiple honorary rolls from the Dean.
Then came a day when I chanced books written by successful business figures and millionaires.
As I read them, I found myself inspired and excited about my future.
Before I realized, I began to daydream about becoming a millionaire myself.
I would daydream about living in abundance, traveling around the world and having fun with my family, hanging out/learning from successful people, and sharing my knowledge with others.
Later as I studied more about entrepreneurship, I discovered the process of “daydreaming” had a better name â€” “visualization”.
Back then, I would visualize myself already living my dream lifestyle, making it seem/feel so real I can't tell the difference between imagination and reality. At times, I even have dreams about them when I sleep/nap.
My daydreams gave me the vision and the motivation to get things done despite the mountains of challenges and discomfortâ€¦ One being speaking in front of people. In fact, I recalled the first time being tasked to guide the whole school in reciting the Pledge during my primary school's assembly.
I did not just fumble, I completely forgot the Pledge out of nervousness!
My teacher reassured me stage fright is normal for the first time and told me to practice more.
But whenever I stood in front of the school with hundreds of eyes staring at me, I would freak out and forgot the exact lines I've repeated a hundred times the night before. My teacher eventually replaced me with someone else.
Fast forward 10 years to today, I've presented to crowds over 700 people at one goâ€¦ I'm living my dreams, happily achieving (and daydreaming about) more breakthroughs in my lifeâ€¦and making a difference to additional thousands of people around the world each year.
As I reflected on my achievements, I realized they were all a result of having empowering daydreams.
So yes, daydreaming is a good trait… if only you follow up with taking action to taking it into a reality!