Life is not easy at times, and it doesn’t always play out like we envision it to. Through the years we dream of fun trips, ideal careers, dream homes, and so much more just to find those dreams buried in all of the other “stuff” of life. How do we tap back into our dreams and make them a reality?
I have a bunch of dreams. I have dreams of becoming a bestselling author, of buying my dream bike and taking week-long trips on rails-to-trails around the U.S. I have dreams of taking a train trip through the mountains of Canada, and so much more. But all of these dreams take work and effort to make them a reality. I don’t know about you, but life can get in the way of my dreams and sometimes they feel like they start to slip away.
Many times our dreams take time to come to fruition. What can we do to ensure that they become a reality?
First, let’s write them down. There is something important about taking the time to pick up a pen and paper or sit down at our computer and put our dreams into words.
Second, it’s important to keep our dreams in front of us. That may mean taking what you wrote down and putting it up in your office or on the refrigerator. I also like to find pictures that represent my dreams and keep them in front of me. I love John and my home, but we have dreams of having a house away from town and in the quiet countryside. I have pictures of my dream house on the desktop of my computer. Just the other morning when I had a few minutes I opened them up and found myself excited about the possibilities.
Third, make sure you share your dreams with the important people in your life; some compromise may need to take place. I have always dreamt of going on a cruise, but John has no desire to do that. It’s funny, many couples that I have talked to about this have one for and one against going on a cruise. I joked for years that I was going to gather all of my friends who wanted to go on a cruise and go, and you never know, I might still do that. But I started to think about trips that both John and I would enjoy and that is when I came up with the idea of taking a train trip through the mountains of Canada. Even my dream of writing a best-selling book will impact my loved ones. It’s important to dream together and stay on the same page.
Forth, don’t allow anyone to discourage or tell you it can’t be done. Sometimes going after our dreams can be lonely. Others do not have the same passion that we have and therefore, may not think it is all that important. Some dreams take a lot of time, effort and investment and others may lose interest along the way or think you can’t do it. My book writing adventures have taken a long time, and they are going to continue to take time. Many people have written off the idea that I am going to accomplish this goal, but I have not. It may take me 5, 10, 15 more years to make it happen, but I am going to keep going.
Lastly, keep taking baby steps forward. A bunch of small baby steps will take you a long way. One of my dear friends is writing a book too. As she moved forward in the process she decided to go back to school. People wonder if she has given up on her dream of writing her book. From the outside there is no evidence of her moving forward, but each class that she completes teaches her amazing things and brings her closer to making her dreams and book a reality. She is taking one small baby step at a time.
What are your dreams? Don’t let anything stop you from dreaming and making your dreams a reality. Here’s to big dreams and baby steps to make them a reality!