Dream Journaling — Exploring our dreams, fantasies, and ambitions through journaling has a positive effect on our self-esteem and confidence.
Our dreams and fantasies can tell us a lot about ourselves and also help us develop our ambitions. And our ambitions lead us to setting goals and accomplishing them.
Dreams are a sequence of images, and sometimes sounds, we experience when we are sleeping. Sleep dreams generally have an emotional basis to them.
Sometimes dreams appear for no apparent reason, while other dreams are our brain’s way of processing real time events of our life experiences, especially those that are highly emotional.
A child can sometimes use their dreams as a tool for their personal development and problem solving. That is, if your pre- teen pays attention to them by writing them in their journals. The more detailed your preteen can be when writing out their dreams the more insight they might gain. Another type of dream that can be a useful to write in our journals is our day dreams.
We may not understand them at first but if they are noted down in our journals we can go back and interpret them later and maybe gain some insight. Unlocking another piece of the puzzle of ourselves in this way increases our confidence.
We generally use fantasies to escape reality for one reason or another. Your child might fantasize about being the best football player, the best singer or a fireman. Everyone fantasizes about something. It’s something the human being does and is one reason — really a resource — why we have advanced so much.
Fantasies help us imagine the unimaginable. They help us reach beyond ourselves and think of the possibilities. Our dreams are often unimpeded by doubts and detractors, so they give us the confidence to go for what we dream.
Both dreams and fantasies, as you might conclude, are what, in part, inspire our ambitions. And it’s our ambitions that lead us to setting goals for our life. Now, aside from the development of our ambitions, dream journaling, as some would call it, can be a fun and insightful way to get to know more about ourselves. It’s another resource for defining who we are. The pre-teen who is interested in getting to know themselves more should record both their dreams and fantasies in their journal. Clarity of oneself will affect one’s self-esteem and confidence in a positive way.
We already know that our dreams and fantasies help us create our ambitions. Our ambitions are our desire to have some object, possession, or anything else that the obtainment of moves us forward and toward it in our life journey. More specifically speaking, ambition is a strong desire. It’s strong enough to move us into some form of action. If it’s not strong enough to move you into some form of action then the ambition remains a dream or fantasy.
Your tween’s ambitions can be almost anything they might imagine. The important thing is to encourage them to write about them in their journals and track their growth and development wherever they may go. It’s not about realizing the fruition of those ambitions, but more about your pre-teen defining themselves and the direction they want their lives to go.
This is where your child will receive positive effects on their confidence and self-esteem, and have a positive relationship with themselves, feeling they have the power to guide their futures.