The Art Of Dream Catching (Part 2)

chrisassaadHey dream catchers!

In last week’s blog, I dove into my one of my absolute favorite topics: making dreams a reality. I shared a tip about overcoming one of the biggest things that keeps many of us from living our dreams. To get caught up, click HERE.

This week I’ve got two more juicy tips for ya. Let the dream catching continue!

Dream Catching Tip 2: Dreams are an experience, not a one-time destination

Whether your dream is to play in front of a crowd of thousands at the Hollywood Bowl, to find your soul mate or to win the Nobel prize, the greatest dream killer of all is the false belief that any dream comes true in a singular moment in time.

Most dreams, especially those that are going to bring lasting fulfillment, unfold over the course of a lifetime and every step is part of the whole experience. Do you think true love is over when you find your soul mate? Or is it only just beginning? And in some strange way, isn’t the really bad date you went on before meeting “the one” part of the dream too?

And do you think the Nobel prize winner will be happy if all the years of research and hard work were experienced as nothing more than a means to an end, albeit a noble one? 😉

The secret to living the dream is to savor the process. A big part of this is remembering that tomorrow is never guaranteed and so we may never get to that final destination. I’ve learned that as long as the dream we’re living into is giving meaning to what we’re currently doing, then we are LIVING THE DREAM!

For me, that has meant allowing my deep desire to play on the world’s biggest stages to give meaning and context to all the steps that will get me there. That includes the little victories and challenges that I face along the way from playing a sold out show to a crowd of two hundred people, to learning music theory, to writing when I’m inspired and practicing when I’m not in the mood. When I keep the grand vision in view, all these actions and experiences are part of the dream’s unfolding and they bring me deeper fulfillment, each in their own way.

Q: Have you been seeing your dreams as a make it or break it one-time event? How can you appreciate the process and the steps towards that big vision more fully?

Dream Catching Tip 3: Wish Big, Play Big and Let Go!

The bigger we dream and the greater the risks we are willing to take, the greater the reward. At the same time, when we get too attached to a particular outcome or a specific way that the unfolding of our dream has to go, we can actually seriously hinder its coming to fruition. Bringing our dreams to life is a process of Co-creation with the Divine.

We can let the Uni-verse know what we’re wishing for with our innermost desires and prayers. We can do our part by making efforts and taking actions to support those wishes. And finally, we can invite Co-creation by keeping our faith in the face of uncertainty and by leaving room for the Divine hands to work their magic. In most cases, the plan that the Uni-verse has in store for us is more amazing than anything we could have ever imagined. And let’s be honest, if we knew exactly how everything was going to go, we’d get bored very easily and dream catching would lose its charm very quickly. Right?

Ultimately, it comes down to striking a balance between wishing big, playing big and then letting go of the outcome. What that looks like will vary depending on where we are in our journey. Some days, it will be our time to hustle and strive, such as when we’re just getting a creative idea or project off the ground. Other days, our practice will be to let all the seeds we’ve planted have the time and space to grow, like when we’ve been burning the candle at both ends to bring a vision to completion and the best thing we can do is rest. The key in both the ebb and flow is to remain present, tuned in and focused on the perspective that it’s all happening for us and wherever we are at in that moment is perfect.

Q: How can you dream bigger and what risk can you take on your dream’s behalf today? Where can you let go and let the Uni-verse work for you and with you in bringing your dream to life?

Very IMPORTANT message: the best way to take this blog and bring these tips to your own reality is to engage with the questions, write down your ah-ha’s and then get into ACTION!

I would love to hear about what you’re up to in a comment below! And you never know, what you share might very well inspire someone else to get their dream machine fired up! Let’s all support each other!

Much love,



Chris Assaad is a singer/songwriter and inspirational artist from Toronto who left a promising career in law several years ago to pursue his dream of a career in music. Since then, Chris has been actively using his voice to enCOURAGE others to follow their dreams, express their creativity and live life to the fullest.

Connect with Chris via www.chrisassaad.comTwitter and Facebook.

Chris is also a member of the TDL Mentoring team. To learn more about the TDL Mentoring Program click here.

  • Charles G.


    Thank you again for another inspiring post. I did the questions and thought I would share them in my comment. It’s a risk for me, but it may inspire someone else to do the same (or at least know they are not alone).

    Thanks again

    Q: Have you been seeing your dreams as a make it or break it one-time event?

    I don’t think I’ve been seeing my dreams as a make it or break it one time event. I see it as a progression of events that leads to what I’ve been wanting to achieve. My time in New York (and here in Orlando) are great examples of that. My question to myself is why my dreams don’t seem to make it to completion? I always feel that they fall short or change abruptly.

    How can you appreciate the process and the steps towards that big vision more fully?

    I can appreciate the process and the steps by doing the work. Whether it’s researching the latest collections, sourcing materials for new personal projects, or learning new skills. I feel that taking natural steps each and every day (even on days ‘I don’t feel like it’) Is important in understanding and appreciating the big vision more clearly.

    Q: How can you dream bigger and what risk can you take on your dream’s behalf today?

    I can dream bigger by sharing my creativity with the world. I tend to keep my thoughts and creative ideas to myself. I rarely wear the things I create for fear of being judged even though when I do I usually get positive feedback.

    The risk I can take today is expressing myself more fully and showing people what love to do.

    Where can you let go and let the Uni-verse work for you and with you in bringing your dream to life?

    This is an easy one… I can let go of things being perfect before presenting them to the world. I tend to spend so much time worrying about the details being ‘of quality’ that a lot of my projects just stop and never get completed. It’s time to realize that it’s time to just do the work and get it DONE. The quality of my work will improve over time, but only if I complete things (and let other see it).

    • Carie Bean

      I really enjoyed your perspective and the fact that you answered the questions for us all to see. Keep creating beautiful soul. Loved what you wrote. Dream on.

  • Maz

    Thank you, just had an ah-ha! I’ll stop and smell the roses along the way.

  • Carie Bean

    Dream machine fired up! Wonderful!

  • Damascus Girl

    Today, I am reading a lot about this topic. In a way, Mastin’s blogpost today, about how to perceive the events in your life, is very similar to what you are saying in your blog, as well. It makes me wonder — what happened to me, to my dreams? Because I am in my mid-40s and I can truthfully say that my life has not been moving towards the manifestation of my dreams. I wish I could say differently. I DO believe that there is a purpose, that the “lack of” is for my ultimate benefit. But for the last 6 years or so it has caused a lot of loneliness and grief. I wish I could suspend disbelief and hold on to what you are saying. But as time moves forward, it is becoming so obvious that my live is not unfolding towards something happy and meaningful. I don’t know what that signifies. I ask my soul what that signifies, I ask the Divine, but I have no answers yet. I know that my dreams for a relationship (I’ve never had one) and motherhood have not moved an inch, although I keep believing and make best efforts. But when you are in your mid-40s, its time to put the motherhood dream aside! I’ve tried to foster a positive social circle as my old friends move on to socializing within the young professional married-with-children set, but it doesn’t and hasn’t been happening. Every weekend I try to reach out to go out, but no one is available. So its dwindling. Someone I loved once with all my heart and soul is married and happy.
    ALL THIS TO SAY, I really do want to believe you and Mastin, but I’m finding it hard to see the signposts along the highway of life that will tell me “you are on your way”… the dreams are unfolding …. all of this loneliness and heartbreak is going to stop. I want to believe you. I do.

    • Carie Bean

      Sending you courage in your daily life. Thank you for sharing today and I am moved by your story.

  • Mark Deman

    Love Dream Catching Tips!!!
    I shared with you Chris a few weeks back that I have stepped into the unknown and started a sales job for the first time in my life. The position in sales ended on Friday. Yes I was let go, but the universe tells me that it was just the beginning, a stepping stone for the future. Found out through the process that I really liked sales, just not in the furniture business.
    The longing for my previous deep rooted connection to healthcare has surfaced. Love that light bulb moment.
    Will keep you updated on my journey, cannot wait for the next surprise!!!

  • Rachelle Guterres

    Looooooved Looooved tip #2 because it made me realize something: I AM ALREADY LIVING MY DREAM! I never thought of it that way before and even though I am in the planning stages of my greatest dream ever simply by being there, regardless of the stage, I AM THERE! I am on the JOURNEY, the EXPERIENCE therefore I am LIVING MY DREAM! What a wonderful and empowering way of looking at it! Thank you Chris!!

    PS – I am anxiously waiting for you to release more music! Yesterday I listened to your album 6 times in a row!! and still couldn’t get enough! I love how you make meaningful words sound so good through your music. Everyone I show your music to asks if there is more! 😀 We want more!

    Lots of love from Brazil!

  • thelindseyoneill

    Thanks, Chris. I just love it when you remind us that the plan the Universe has in store for us is often way more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. Sigh. <3 Helps a girl sleep well at night when she remembers that.

  • This post (and the last one) are really great! Very applicable to the time I am in. I love the key points about letting go and appreciating the journey. What a great encouragement to live the dream through embracing the whole process. Lots to learn! Thank you Chris!