Aren’t dreams supposed to be pie-in-the-sky, never-gonna-happen fantasies?
Well, in my opinion they are not.
Some dreams are possible and some would take something akin to a miracle to make help them come to life. I get that. But I’m a dreamer, and a bit of a lush, so I like to think that some of the things I dream about can and will in fact, come true.
I dream a lot. I often find my mind hiking well ahead, in the future somewhere, playing out some fantasy like the latest blockbuster.
Planning a dream means you have to choose one. One. Maaaaaaaybe two.
Which one to choose? Hmm? Humph! Don’t worry, one thing at a time my sweet little plums. Once you make the first dream come true, you’ll be inspired to work on the next one, and the one after that.
Whichever of your dreams you choose, there are a few things you need to do to put the often slow, rusty wheels of the dream-making machine into motion;
1) First of all, hang out with people who have similar hopes and dreams. You want to be a business success? Hang out with people who are business minded and enjoy sharing information and ideas. If you want to be a writer, hang out with other writers. Much like getting into a new fitness routine, it’s nice to have a partner to keep you motivated. Surround yourself with people who will be your, I-think-I-can-I-think-I-can cheerleaders.
2) Research. Do some research. Do you have to save some money? Do you need to prioritize your time differently?
3) Talk about it. Talk, talk, talk, and talk some more. The more you talk about what you want, the more likely someone who can help you will hear you, or someone who knows someone will hear you. Don’t be afraid to voice your hopes and dreams out loud.
4) When it feels impossible, out of reach, and foolish, seek support from someone who will encourage you to be fearless.
If you’re a dreamer like me, sometimes it’s difficult to quiet your mind and focus on one thing that you really want. More difficult still is to become as fearless as possible.
Do your best to coax the root of your anxiety into the light, and make a really honest assessment. Most fear can be overcome if you get your ego under control.
The new year is no longer new. We’ve already lived out the first quarter. It’s time to make the remainder of the year matter.