Dare to Dream

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How to start cre­at­ing your dream life with kikki.K

With a deeply per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of the power of dream­ing, kikki.K founder Kristina Karls­son is now on a mis­sion to en­cour­age oth­ers the world over to fol­low their dreams through her book Your Dream Life Starts Here – by dream­ing we can help make the world a bet­ter place, start­ing with us.

Kikki.K founder Kristina Karls­son is con­vinced that a key rea­son ev­ery­one in the world doesn’t prac­tise reg­u­lar dream­ing in a struc­tured way is be­cause they’re unaware of the enor­mous ben­e­fits it will bring their way. While dream­ing is such a big part of her life, she is al­ways sur­prised by how few peo­ple make time to dream reg­u­larly. “It’s not some­thing taught in schools – as far as I know – and my ex­pe­ri­ence is that most peo­ple don’t teach their chil­dren the process ei­ther. I wish this were dif­fer­ent! What an amaz­ing and pos­i­tive im­pact this will have on the world when we all do it,” Karls­son says.

Prior to found­ing kikki.K Karls­son woke early one morn­ing and wrote a list of dreams. Not long after, she at­tended a sem­i­nar as part of her jour­ney to find ‘my thing’ in life. One of the speak­ers briefly men­tioned the idea of prac­tis­ing dream­ing with­out lim­i­ta­tion. “A light bulb went off in my mind. I hadn’t thought of dream­ing be­fore as a prac­tice, like med­i­tat­ing or yoga, and I hadn’t con­tem­plated the idea – or ex­pe­ri­enced the power – of reg­u­larly dream­ing with­out lim­i­ta­tions,” Karls­son ex­plains. “Soon after, I took time out to re­flect on my 3am list and, for the first time in my life, I sat down and took time to prac­tise dream­ing com­pletely with­out lim­i­ta­tions. I asked my­self: What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail? I be­gan to write down a list of ev­ery­thing that bub­bled up for me. They were big dreams, far be­yond my nor­mal think­ing, and it was so ex­cit­ing to see them take shape on pa­per – al­most as if they had a life of their own.”

Her big dream was open­ing Swedish de­sign and sta­tionery stores in all her favourite cities around the world. To­day kikki.K – her global sta­tionery and de­sign busi­ness that com­bines her child­hood nick­name Kikki and ‘k’ from her sur­name – is proof dreams re­ally can come true.

“Dream­ing is some­thing I’ve now stud­ied and in­cor­po­rated into my life on a reg­u­lar ba­sis – it’s one of the most im­por­tant things I spend time on – and I want to in­spire and em­power you to do the same,” she says. “I’m cer­tain that, once you start, it will ig­nite a spark in you that will fire such a strong sense of pos­si­bil­ity and ex­cite­ment for your fu­ture that you’ll never be quite the same. A door will open that you won’t be able to close.”

All too of­ten, the be­liefs we have about what is pos­si­ble have also been lim­ited by our up­bring­ing and the ex­pec­ta­tions of oth­ers around us, ex­plains Karls­son.

“But if I ask you, ‘What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What would you do with your life if you had all the time and money you needed?’ this takes you to an­other level al­to­gether – giv­ing you per­mis­sion to cast off the con­straints of ev­ery­day life and to dream big. To reimag­ine what is pos­si­ble for you.

“There is so much free­dom and power in tak­ing time to dream like this, and these two ques­tions are where I start ev­ery time I dream – which I do reg­u­larly, in the same way many peo­ple prac­tise a sport, hobby or mu­sic. It helps me to for­get about bar­ri­ers and to let go of lim­i­ta­tions. It takes me to places and gives me ideas I never would have with­out this ap­proach. It’s lit­er­ally life trans­form­ing – and it’s so, so sim­ple.”

Karls­son truly be­lieves dream­ing is the first step to cre­at­ing your dream life. “There’s some­thing so spe­cial about giv­ing your­self the time and space just to dream – to imag­ine how your life could be. When dream­ing be­comes a part of your ev­ery­day life, it be­comes life chang­ing.”

Once you’ve learned how, this one habit will be some­thing that opens new doors, changes your per­spec­tive, brings new op­por­tu­ni­ties and is, with­out doubt, the key to you cre­at­ing your dream life, what­ever that means for you now and at dif­fer­ent times through the years ahead.

Your dreams can be big or small. They might take years or just days to achieve. It doesn’t mat­ter. It’s all about let­ting your dreams come to life, and fall­ing in love with the feel­ings of ex­cite­ment and pos­si­bil­ity they cre­ate. Just start­ing this process will open a door in your mind and you’ll be sur­prised by how of­ten pos­si­bil­i­ties and ideas will bub­ble up, of­ten at un­ex­pected times.

After go­ing through the process of brain­storm­ing and writ­ing down any dreams you can think of on pa­per, it’s quite amaz­ing how you’ll start to con­sciously and sub­con­sciously take steps to make them come true. Dreams have such power to pull you for­ward. It’s even more pow­er­ful when you share them with like-minded peo­ple, who you’ll find will of­ten help you in big and small ways to achieve those dreams.

Dream guid­ance

Im­merse your­self in your in­spir­ing space where you won’t be in­ter­rupted. When you’re ready, close your eyes while you take three slow, deep breaths. This is your time. Open your eyes when you’re done.

Don’t worry about the do­ing. Don’t fil­ter what you come up with. Don’t worry about sort­ing through them. Just con­nect with your heart, dream big and cap­ture those dreams on pa­per as quickly, roughly and sim­ply as you like. Think of this as a brain­storm­ing ex­er­cise.

I want you to imag­ine your life with­out any lim­i­ta­tions. You have all the money you need. Time is no limit. There is no ur­gency. No musts. No shoulds. And you can­not fail.

Imag­ine you can do what­ever you want to do and have what­ever you want to have. To be who­ever you want to be.

You are not con­strained at all by what any­one thinks. You are to­tally free to just be you.

The world is so full of pos­si­bil­i­ties. It all starts with a dream, so this is your turn to cast all doubts and all con­straints aside and give your­self the gift of dream­ing. Dream away.

Liv­ing proof kikki.K founder Kristina Karls­son is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of the power of dream­ing big.

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