D.R.E.A.M.S. By Dean Carlson | Disc Jockey News


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FLASHBACK ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 2009
So after a particularly long day, I was ready to hit the sack. Exhausted I crawled into bed, and moments later my eyes were shut, as the sandman did his job. At 3 am I jerk straight up, breathing fast, sweat running down the side of my face. I had just had one of those not-so-pleasant dreams, some green nine-foot-tall man ripping various limbs off of any victim he can catch. It’s funny how the next morning, I wake up to remember very little of what I had dreamt.
That is not the type of dream I am going to cover. The dreams I want to talk about are those that are more, like goals. I want to own a house someday, or maybe it’s a boat or a car that you have always dreamed of having. More specifically I want my DJ performance to be (fill in the blank). Each and every one of us has different expectations about what we do. And maybe we each aspire to some form of greatness when it comes to our performances. The question comes down to why don’t these dreams come to fruition? The answer lies in the acronym DREAMS
The D in dreams stands for Diet. Junk food in equals junk out. If you truly want to be running at full steam, and be able to maintain that pace for any length of time you must look at what you are putting into your body. And mind you it isn’t just the day that you want results on that these matters. I learned a few years ago that it takes a couple of days of hydration for your body to be at its peak. So do yourself a favor and pull out your old middle school home economics notebooks and brush up on the food groups again.
R stands for Rest. We live in a society of such a fast pace. We go to bed later and wake up earlier. I know that I am often guilty of getting as little as 5-6 hours of sleep a night when the national recommendation is 7 to 9 hours. Sleep is important; Even one night of chronic inadequate sleep can impair your reaction time and mental functioning, and sleep deprivation can negatively impact your immune system and contribute to the development of a whole host of serious ailments.
Next, we have E which stands for Exercise. This is probably the one I struggle with the most. We don’t have to all pump it up and be bodybuilders. But some form of keeping in shape is a must. For me, I ride my bike to the office every day, 4 miles downhill each way. Exercise helps the body produce endorphins, which is the chemical in your body that helps you feel more peaceful and happy. And I think that one of the best benefits to exercise is that it can give you that feeling of accomplishment, meaning I set out to do this, and I finished it.
A is all about the attitude, baby. Don’t be an Eeyore – you know Winnie Pooh’s sad little friend. For most of the last 5 years when people ask me how I am doing, I usually say “Spectacular with a moderate chance of being Phenomenal”. I have an attitude of gratitude. And for me, it’s easy to feel that way knowing where I have been and where I am at now. I have heard it said that the worst thing you can do for your day is starting it off by reading or watching or receiving any kind of world news. Create your own day; don’t let others do it for you. Remember this is it, this moment is all that is truly promised to us.
M is for Mental Focus. When I was a child I had never even heard the term ADD. Now it seems I have it. And technology hasn’t made this any simpler, with instant this and new things coming at us so fast. It is easy to get lost in the race. Believe it or not, your brain is a muscle, and if you want to have a great mental focus you need to rest it, feed it and exercise it regularly. We should have several levels of Mental Focus, Currently, Daily, Weekly, Yearly, and Lifetime. Things that help me are; don’t multitask, prioritizing daily objectives, and I prevent distractions.
Finally, we are to Success, the S in Dreams. Success is defined differently by each and every one of us. One man’s garbage is another man’s riches as it were. But I believe that we are our own worst enemy when it comes to reaching whatever goal we set for ourselves. And sometimes it is the little things that we take for granted that are tripping us up, and not allowing us to reach the finish line.
DREAMS is all about starting with the basics. I wish I could take credit for this acronym but I saw a speaker use it 3 years ago. To DREAM big is to SUCCEED big.
Good Luck and Great Shows!
Dean Carlson can be reached at deancarlson@discjockeynews.com.


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