I used to day-dream a lot.
I would be so deep into my day-dream that I would completely disconnect with the real world.
Sometimes, in school, I would start day dreaming in English lessons and wake up seeing math teacher on the stage…
The things I dreamed about were usually me achieving something impossible after hard work, me helping people around me or me saving the world.
I guess this happens to most kids.
But it was a problem for me because I appeared to do this to a much higher extend. And it affected my focus.
For example, I would miss a big part of the lessons and have to catch up afterwards.
I consciously fought it and fought it hard.
Fast-forwarding to today, I rarely day-dream.
Maybe I can claim victory in the war against day-dream.
However, in my job where thinking is a big part of the scope and being able to visualize success from the beginning is valued, I found it challenging to think right.
I cannot help wondering whether the victory contributed in some way.
Maybe I focused too much on winning the war and consciously suppressed some attributes that were potentially more valuable in the long term.
I think day-dreaming should be done more.
Visualizing success before it happens does motivate me.
And it does reveal some insights sometimes.
It makes me realize the areas I miss or potential risks I do not predict.
And it tells me a lot about myself — what kind of victory I want, which part of the victory really excites me etc…
The challenge is to keep it on the thing we are doing now.