Advantages and disadvantages in starting with a dream or a vision.


List the advantages and disadvantages in starting with a dream or a vision. Describe pros and cons.



Nervousness              –             This feeling is usually the first when ask to share your dream or vision.


Reluctance                –             During dream / vision building there are usually some individual/s who act this way.


Acceptance               –             There is always a fear that the input might not be accepted. And think, that the     

                                               statement or contribution that’s made wouldn’t be what is required.





Collaboration              –             Combining all your ideas individually or as a team, it’s a strength that just takes over

                                                to bring that vision/ dream out.       


 Team Effort                –              This brings a feeling of inspiration that we can accomplish what we want to achieve



Comfortable               –              Making the atmosphere/ environment comfy allows one to feel comfortable in

Surroundings                             expressing themselves.



Realization                 –              During the process of doing the dream/ vision, it comes a point when you realize that

                                                 this can actually happen. It can become a reality.


Inspiration                  –              This is the motivation that helps someone to make that decision on taking the first

                                                 step on the journey towards the vision/ dream.



The illustration            –             Having that illustration of the vision / dream give a feeling of hope and it keeps you

                                               focus on the path to achieve it.

                                               I say it’s the blueprint of what the future will be and what I like most of all with having

                                               that illustration, is that you can continue to dream more and add to that picture.



I enjoyed listing the pros and cons and I know my list could have been done in one sentence, but these emotion / feelings don’t come together; it comes separately even if it’s a second apart, (it’s apart).

And while listing the pros and cons it showed me as a facilitator, that  I should be more aware of the different expressions that is expressed, and it helped me to understand more my role as a facilitator on how to be more competent in the dream building practice. :)

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Comment by Tricia Francis on June 23, 2011 at 8:37am
Thanks Gaston
Comment by Gaston on June 23, 2011 at 7:39am

I like this very much. These are indeed feelings and comments that always come up. I do agree with Phil  that I think we naturally are OK with the 3 con's, but over time we built some internal barriers to expressing creatively or thinking we won't be accepted. So I think it's more about these internal barriers than the dream exercise itself. It's just an exercise that is not 'normal' (like watching a Power Point presentation) and therefore will always find some initial resistance. These barriers are important for anything that we want to lead to some new insight for the participant. Else it will not have an impact on the way we look at things.

I fully agree that analyzing our tools like this is very useful for us as facilitators. We know what feelings it can stimulate and we can articulate this and reassure the participants accordingly. Thank you. 

Comment by Tricia Francis on June 22, 2011 at 10:24pm
Drear Phil, Autry & Lyndon, I appreciate all the comments! They serve as an encouragement to me.
Comment by Lyndon Welch on June 22, 2011 at 8:22pm
My i say that i am in agreement with you Traicia, however, we must learn to empty ourselves like a bottle with out its contents, then give our views being what it is, there and only then we can be half or complete fill with the knowledge and experience from each other, which then give us the opportunity to be good in our gold such as a good facilitator.
Comment by Autry Haynes on June 22, 2011 at 3:58pm
Dear Tricia, you have this way of really deeply expressing your thoughts that inspires i guess not only me but others as well. We look forward to your future posting. Keep it up (^_^).
Comment by Phil on June 22, 2011 at 12:42pm


What you have put down here captures a lot of what I felt when I first did the exercise and have never written down before. I think that your text will be a great help for people who are trying to build their dream.

For me, your three disadvantages are all about being shy. 'Do I really have the right to dream? What will people think of me when I start speaking in this way about these things?' For some of us, that is a real barrier that we have to cross. 

I also think that your 'list' reads like a story. First of all, there is this discomfort and embarrassment. Then there is this sense of not doing this on your own. And then when you have this idea that you have put down on paper, you feel that is a blueprint for something that you can work toward and that feels great.

I think that what you have written helps me to understand so much about this step in the process. 

Thank you so much. 



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