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you may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one

What did you dream about last night?

Were you being chased?

Were you falling?

Were you flying?

Were you relaxing someplace warm and beautiful?

Or were you dreaming about trees?

David Milarch had a dream about trees:

Why does David care so deeply about the Redwood Forest and its trees?

How do you think David turned his dream into something real and tangible?

Meet Theodore Hetzl

He also had a dream.

Here are some questions to explore:

What is Zionism?

How did the Dreyfus affair affect Herzl's life?

How was Herzl instrumental in the creation of the state of Israel even though the state was created 40 years after his death?

Theodore Herzl famously wrote this about the Jewish homeland:

.אם תרצו, אין זו אגדה; ואם לא תרצו, אגדה היא ואגדה תישאר
Im tirtzu, ein zo agada; ve'im lo tirtzu, agada hi ve'agada tisha'er.
If you will it, it is no dream; and if you don't will it, a dream it is and a dream it will stay.

If this sounds familiar to you, you may have heard this line in a famous song by Debbie Friedman:

Debbie changed the Herzl quote to: If you will it, it is no dream; To be a free people in our land, In the land of Zion and Jerusalem.

What do you dream about?

Have you ever thought about how to turn your dreams into something real, like David Milarch or Theodore Herzl?

It's possible; and it begins with setting goals.

Let's dreamstorm (while we are awake)!

This is how it works: Find a quiet place and a chunk of uninterrupted time. Gather paper or post-it notes and your favorite writing utensils. Set a timer for 15 minutes (use the timer on your phone).

then ...

Think of all the things you really want in life. Feel free to dream as big or as small as you want. Have you always wanted to learn an instrument or foreign language? Write it down. Do you dream of retiring on the moon? Put it on the list. NO dream is too big or too small. Spend at least 15 uninterrupted minutes dreamstorming.

Good Job!

That was fun, but, how do we take this list of dreams and translate them into something real?

Well the next step is to select one of your dreams. Pick a dream that stands out as most meaningful or most significant to you. The next part of this process is to break this dream into smaller achievable goals!

If you don't turn your dreams into goals, it would be like driving in a foreign country without Waze. You could end up somewhere amazing but you could also end up totally lost, in the middle of nowhere.

We're not just going to make any old goals, we are going to create SMART goals. SMART goals are:

Specific – what, specifically, are you going to achieve?

Measurable – how will you know when you’ve achieved it? What is your measurement for success?

Attainable – is this a goal you can reasonably achieve? If not, break it down until you get to a point where you can.

Relevant – does this goal fit within the scope of your larger goals and dreams? Will it serve you in the long run?

Time-Bound – what is your deadline for achieving this goal?

Write down a series of SMART goals for your dream.

How are you SMART goals coming together? Share them with a confidant - a parent of a friend for some feedback.

Now it's time to get real. Write down tangible steps that can take you from where you are now to achieving each SMART goal.

Write down every step (EVERY SINGLE STEP), as many as it takes, and decide how long it may take to accomplish each step.

You may be able to check off one task each day, one each week, or each month, but make sure you schedule those deadlines in a calendar. Hold yourself accountable. Or, find an accountability buddy.

Finally, build in time to Treat Yo Self along the way.

Accomplishing your goals will be super fulfilling but it is hard to chug along for a while with no rewards. Decide on a few goodies you will get when certain milestones are achieved. Get Paula's Donuts with a friend, binge your favorite TV show, and/or take a break from working towards your goal.

As Theodore Hertzl said, "If you will it, it is no dream; and if you don't will it, a dream it is and a dream it will stay"

Even though he did not live to see it, Theodore Hertzl's dream to create a Jewish Homeland came true.

Let's turn our dreams into goals so they become reality and not just dreams!

From your Friends at The Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning

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Credits:

Created with images by Quinn Buffing - "untitled image" • Nandhu Kumar - "Dream Catcher" • vikram sundaramoorthy - "untitled image" • Noah Buscher - "Catch Me" • Ryan Wilson - "untitled image" • Jeremy Bishop - "Finding my roots" • Casey Horner - "Looking up" • Alex Holyoake - "untitled image" • Ilnur Kalimullin - "untitled image" • Sander Crombach - "Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel" • Josh Campbell - "Kids camp fire" • Benjamin Sow - "Sydney was more than alive during the Vivid, a month when the whole city is lit up with lights, shows and food trucks everywhere. I stumbled upon this gelato truck and loved the colors and the retro design it featured so I sat down for a quick shot. I only had time for one shot and miraculously that one shot came out clean. I was lucky enough that the crowd walked behind me and all the workers were either behind or inside the van, one even blurred by the delayed exposure.. It’s not everyday you get luck like this in photography, it’s not everyday you get the cream of your dreams." • Per Lööv - "Brainstorming ideas with post-it notes" • You X Ventures - "untitled image" • Dan DeAlmeida - "untitled image" • Kaleidico - "untitled image" • Heather Ford - "untitled image" • Cole Keister - "untitled image"