Landscape vs. Dreamscape

Landscape vs. Dreamscape

Landscape vs. Dreamscape

How does the current Landscape of my life compare with my Dreamscape? How does my life today match with my dreams, hopes, and aspirations? Is there a space between where I am now and where I want to be? What is the gap between my potential and my performance, my aspirations and my actual? And, how can I close this gap?

This is a simple Coaching Tool designed to help us assess our current Landscape and relate it to our Dreamscape.

Your Current Landscape…

Landscape Defined: Your current landscape, in terms of quality of life. It is where you are right now. When we stop asking deep, authentic questions about our life and current Landscape, we begin personal atrophy. Anthony Robbins said that, “Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential.” We ask depth-based questions because the painful truth is often the fast-track to reaching our full potential. Ben Herbster said, “The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” However, if we are not fully aware of the gap between what we are today and what we can become, we are unlikely to engage the change process and take proactive steps to close this gap.

Composer Gian Carlo Menotti said that, “Hell begins on that day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts we wasted, of all that we might have done that we did not do”. Richard E. Boyd said, “Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources within them. There are deep wells of strength that are seldom used”. Unrealized potential is a tragic waste. One of the saddest places on earth is the local cemetery. Think of all the unsung songs, unwritten poems, un-built inventions, underutilized gifts. Think of the unfulfilled dreams, businesses never started, and unused ability and talent. When we ask ourselves questions, we locate ourselves, and we look at all we could be if we realized our full potential. We compare where we are to where we could be…

Mahatma Gandhi – “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.

Eric Butterworth – “We carry within us the wonders we seek without us.”

George Elliot – “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

Your Potential Dreamscape…

Dreamscape Defined: The sum of your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. It is a portrait of where you want to be, and where you could be, if all the limitations were removed and action accompanied hope. We unleash a tremendous power within ourselves, and the world around us, when we begin to dream. A dream paints a picture of the possibilities beyond the obvious, the opportunities beyond the obstacles, and the hoped for beyond the difficult. Your faith box and self-mirror determine your whole life: what you think, feel, experience and do; what you create, grow, build and dream. You are thinking, feeling, experiencing and doing what your faith-box contains and what your self-mirror shows. You are creating, growing, building and dreaming what your faith-box allows and what your self-mirror permits.

Your perception of yourself, how you view yourself determines so much. You’ll never behave consistently in a way that contradicts your view of yourself. James Allen said that, “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.”

Mahatma Ghandi – “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942 – “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

Michelangelo – “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

Wilferd Peterson – “Big thinking precedes great achievement.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream…”

A helpful way to frame this conversation is to take a brief look at Maslow and his theory of human motivation. Abraham Maslow is known especially for his theory of motivation and what makes us as people tick.

During the 1940s, Maslow took an optimistic approach to human behaviour that emphasized developing one’s full potential. Instead of basing his psychological model on people with mental and emotional problems, he used as his point of reference a collection of exceptionally dynamic and successful historical and contemporary figures whom he considered “self-actualizers”, including Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Eleanor Roosevelt. In addition to drawing up a list of the common traits of self-actualized individuals, Maslow placed self-actualization at the peak of his hierarchy of human motivations, the concept for which he is best known today.

This hierarchy is generally portrayed as a pyramid with five levels, ranging from the most basic needs at the bottom to the most complex and sophisticated at the top. From bottom to top, the levels are biological needs (food, water, shelter); safety; belongingness and love; the need to be esteemed by others; and self-actualization, the need to realize one’s full potential. According to Maslow, the needs at each level must be met before one can move on to the next level. With so many other issues to concern them, the vast majority of people never grapple with self-actualization. Maslow considered fewer than 1% of people to be self-actualized. But, he believed that all human beings still possessed an innate, if unmet need to do so…
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Quick Self-Test Based on the ‘Hierarchy of Needs’.

Read the following five statements and tick below those that apply to you. There are no right or wrong answers. The Interpretation Guide is below.
__ A I am successful in life and/or work, and I’m recognized by my peers for being so. I’m satisfied with the responsibility and role that I have in life and/or work, my status and reputation, and my level of self-esteem.
__ B I am part of, and loved by, my family. I have good relationships with my friends and colleagues – they accept me for who I am.
__ C My aim is self-knowledge and enlightenment. The most important thing to me is realizing my ultimate personal potential. I seek and welcome ‘peak’ experiences.
__ D Aside from dieting and personal choice, I never starve through lack of food, nor lack of money to buy food. Aside from the usual trauma of moving house, I have no worry at all about having somewhere to live – I have ‘a roof over my head’.
__ E I generally feel safe and secure – job, home, etc – and protected from harm. My life generally has routine and structure – long periods of uncontrollable chaos are rare or non-existent.

1) Physiological Needs—-D
2) Safety Needs—-E
3) Love and Need To Belong—-B
4) Esteem / Validation / Affirmation Needs—-A
5) Self-Actualization Needs—-C

This is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The purpose behind it is to begin the process of understanding the gap between your current Landscape (your life today) and your Dreamscape (what you dream about and aspire towards). In other words, where are the gaps? If we are primarily focused on Biological and Safety Needs, it will be difficult for us to self-actualize and fulfill our full potential. Abraham Maslow said that, “If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life. You’ll be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities”. Lily Tomlin said that, “I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.”

Please follow the steps below, and you can use this and the “Dreamscape” tool [click here for pdf] with yourself or your clients.

  • Step 1 – Identify Current Felt Need or Area of Focus
  • Step 2 – Use the Worksheet Attached
  • Step 3 – Take Action to Close The Gap Between Your Current Landscape and Your Dreamscape, Using “S.M.A.R.T.” Goals…
    • S – Specific
    • M – Measurable
    • A – Attainable
    • R – Realistic, But With An Element of Risk
    • T – Time Frame

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