We can be leaders of countries, become heroes, cure disease, clean the environment or eliminate violence… The possibilities are limitless. I am talking, of course, about dreams.
Dreams are the only place and time when we can be whatever we want to be. As bizarre as the notion may sound, dreams can keep us grounded in reality. We dream to be generous, giving, thankful, grateful. We dream of good family values, so that we instill them in our children. Dream of becoming the person you want to be, and how to can help those around you. We can change the world and make it what we want it to be.
If you don’t dream of higher aspirations, you may end up never finding true happiness – happiness that only YOU can define. However, the challenge lies not in finding a dream, but making your dream a reality. Where does one begin? As the owner of an EAP company, not only have I made one of my dreams come true, but we help individuals everyday realize their goals and help them obtain them. I’d like to share with you a few tips to help get you started on the path of making your dream come true.
1. Write your dream down. Once it is in writing we are 70% more likely to act on it. Post it on your fridge or keep a journal where you regularly update your progress.
2. Start working towards it. Don’t dive in head first, or you may be disappointed by the immediate lack of results. As with most things, it’s important to take small steps. Think about what steps will you take towards making your dream come true. You might need to take courses, conduct some research, or meet with like-minded individuals. It’s simple to keep your dream in your head; the challenge lies in taking the steps to make it happen.
3. Don’t give up. Accept that there will be hurdles along the way, and some days the only thing that will be left to drive you towards your dream is your sheer dedication to it. It is imperative that you work through these difficult days to reach your ultimate goal.
Working towards your dream will be challenging, but make that part of the journey. Keep in mind that there is a difference between dreams and fantasy. Fantasy looks good on movie screens and is great for a momentary bit of creative fun, but dreams are the ones that give fuel to our everyday lives.
Do you know what your dream is? Do you know someone who has accomplished their dream and if so, what steps did they take to reach their goal? I look forward to discussing your dreams in the comments below.