7 Steps To Make Your Dreams a Reality
Why does the term “follow your dreams” sound airy-fairy? Whereas we’re comfortable with terms like” goals” and “targets.”
It might be because goals and targets are easier to define making them appear more tangible. Their use in a business context also makes them seem more legitimate. And because a dream can seem abstract, it can feel unattainable.
But isn’t a dream to a person the same as a vision to an organization? In the business world we don’t think of visions as airy-fairy. We develop a plan and begin our journey towards the desired future.
I like Napoleon Hill’s observation that “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” If we take this definition, can’t we achieve our dreams if we follow a process, and break them down into bite size chunks? All we need is a game plan!
7 Steps To Make Your Dreams a Reality
Step 1: Choose a Worthy Dream
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? – Robert Browning
First and foremost make sure that your dream is worthy of your greatness. Too many of us are living mediocre lives with uninspiring goals; if we are setting goals at all. Michelangelo said “the greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim to low, and achieving our mark.”
If your dream only moderately excites you, it’s not big enough. Instead ask yourself, what would I want to achieve if it was impossible to fail?
The thought of being able to live your dream should bring massive excitement and nervous butterflies.
Step 2: Set Some Attainable Goals
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do – John Wooden
Your dreams might intimidate you, and if you did step 1 correctly, they will. But that’s the beauty of the process. By breaking down your dream into successive goals it becomes less daunting. Also writing your goals increases the likelihood that you will achieve them, so make sure you have them documented and easily accessible. And now that you have a game plan, do one thing today that brings you closer to your dream.
Step 3: Enjoy The Journey
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling – Margaret Lee Runbeck
People think that the attainment of a dream will bring them more happiness and a sense of freedom they don’t have now. But if you don’t enjoy the journey, the realization of your dream will not bring you the happiness you are searching for. Remember what Ekhart Tolle said “there is no freedom in time, you can only be free now.” Choose to be incredibly happy and fulfilled now, and let your dream be the icing on the cake.
Step 4: Keep Moving Forward
Arriving at one goal is the starting point of another – John Dewey
When you reach a goal celebrate its success in whatever way works for you. But understand that achieving anything of value is a process, so while you should celebrate your victories, know when to stop celebrating and move to the next part of your plan. Always stay hungry no matter how much you succeed!
Step 5: Learn From Setbacks
Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm – Winston Churchill
As you’re moving forward and smashing your goals, as I know you will, be prepared for setbacks. These too are part of the process. Be mentally resilient! Learn what you can and keep moving because as Thomas Jefferson said “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.” Have a mental attitude programmed for success.
Step 6: Commit to Personal Growth
Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better – Jim Rohn
So we’ve already established that chasing your dreams will have its ups – achieving your goals, and downs – experiencing setbacks. As you pursue your dreams you’ll grow exponentially and be amazed by the person you’ve become. Robin Sharma said “to double your income and success, triple your investment in personal development.” Take his advice and invest in your growth, your bank account will thank you for it.
Step 7: Inspire Others
The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind – John Allston
One of the greatest outcomes of you achieving your dreams is the inspiration you give others to do the same. Your success is never only your own, it belongs to those who believed in you, those who’ve admired you and those who’ll be inspired by your story. I’ll end this blog with this beautiful quote by Nelson Henderson: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
To the legacy you will leave behind from having the courage to follow your dreams,
With all my being,