We all have dreams but for many of us our dreams get worn down by the demands of the day- the need to pay bills, the busyness of taking care of a family, or even the fear of not being good enough. If you’re not quite ready to let go of your dreams, then here are some steps you can take that will help you turn your dreams into reality:
Make a plan. What is your goal and what steps will you take to achieve it? Make your goals SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound). You should be doing something every day that will get you closer to attaining your dream.
Take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. Sometimes the most valuable opportunities come disguised as a tedious task. Don’t be afraid to try something new; you never know where it will take you.
Embrace setbacks. It is painful to experience setbacks, but when you do, it is important that you find the lesson in them. Failure is a harsh teacher but if you pay attention, it will help you find the right path.
Get support from the people around you. Nobody expects you to do it on your own. Connect with people and enlist their support in your goals. You will find that most people are more than happy to help and with the support of your network, doors will start to open up for you.
On those difficult days, it can be difficult to keep the spark of your dreams alive. Make an effort to keep your eyes on the horizon. Read biographies of successful people, motivational quotes, or anything else that gets your blood moving. It is also a good idea to surround yourself with people who build you up and make you feel like you can accomplish anything. You must passionately defend your dreams in the beginning, but as you start to accomplish your goals, it will be easier to see the purpose of your hard work.
(Written by: Karen Bivand)