Ok, so you have some pretty big dreams. Yes? I do too. I’m a great believer in having dreams and making intentional plans in order to make them come true. I’m humbly telling you this because I truly believe we all have the ability to make our dreams – even the biggest of dreams – come true. To become a reality. Of course, the caveat to that, is that it does take a lot of hard work, dedication and isn’t always a smooth journey. Ha! If only.
I’ve been struggling lately with moving forward with my new dreams and plans. I’m pretty sure some of my resistance has to do with me getting over a recent bout of illness, moving house and general life stuff. It’s just taking me a lot longer to really get going. And it’s been frustrating.
I decided, last week, to take myself off to my favourite coffee shop where I spent almost 4 hrs thinking, writing (I did a huge brain dump) and brainstorming. I came up with a much needed action plan plus a little “how to go from dream to reality” to do list. I thought I’d share the list with you. I hope it inspires you to move forward from dream to reality.
You need to have a dream. Yes, I know that seems obvious but if you’re struggling or just lost in the day to day stuff of life, you can easily forget about your dreams. Make a choice. Make a decision about wanting to go for your dream and then sit down with a pen and paper and write down your dreams. It may just be one particular dream. Work on that for now.
Take action. This perhaps is the most important thing you can do that will enable you to turn your dreams into reality. By taking action, you set a series of events in motion. It’s telling yourself, others around you and the world that you’re serious about what you want to achieve. You’re in charge and you make the choices. Even by writing your dreams down and doing a plan of action is a start.
Be grateful + thankful. Seriously. For your situation right now. Right where you’re at in your life. Don’t be envious or jealous of others who you percieve have “your dream as their reality” or that they seem to have it “all sewn up”. These are negative emotions and are bad for you. Being grateful and thankful will really help you move into a more healthy emotional state and be more positive. Try keeping a “grateful journal”. Just writing down a couple of things each day that you’re grateful for will help you get into that mindset as a normal every day thing.
Learn something new. This kind of comes under the heading of “Take Action”. If making your dream a reality means you need to do some research, read some books, take a course, go back to school, go find a new doctor, then please do it. It can be daunting. I know that. Learning something new that is specifically related to your dream becoming a reality, will definitely be challenging but it gets you one step closer to that dream. Another interesting aspect about doing this, is that it may bring you some much needed clarity. You may discover you actually already know how to make your dream come true. You may find out it’s not what you thought and so you change your mind – and by the way, changing your mind is perfectly ok!! An added bonus could be that you make new friends along the way through your new learning experience.
Be patient, brave and courageous. Again, I know this may seem obvious but we live in a “I want it now” society. Depending on your dream, the chances are it’s not going to be a reality over night. Seriously. It’s going to take time. It may take years. And you may discover you have new dreams along the way to making “the big dream” a reality. That will slow things down for sure. You may face life changing situations along the way that make it seem impossible some days. I’ve honestly been there. You may even feel like giving up.One of my biggest dreams was to become a professional artist. My kids were leaving home (this was over 10yrs ago now) and so I decided to take myself off to uni to get a degree in graphic design and multi-media art. I was already working part time as a digital artist so I felt like I was on my way. In the middle of my course, I realised my marriage was in big trouble and I ended up getting divorced. Not before a long period of angst, upset and separation. Life happens. You have to push through. I have a handful of stories like that about my journey towards dream fulfilment. These things happen. It just means we have to practice bravery and step up our game. Be more courageous. And definitely more patient. It can be done.