How do you bring your dreams
to reality? I'm not talking about a dream that we all experience
while we sleep. I'm talking about a dream that shows a new career
or pursuit. Something that you wished you had or something
you desire that is much different than what you currently are experiencing.
Most people have these kinds of dreams at some point in their life.
Maybe a dream of a new and exciting career crops up when you have
been facing difficult challenges in your current occupation.
Maybe, a dream comes to the forefront of your thoughts when your
children are grown and have left the nest now freeing up time and
resources that previously were consumer by family issues, attention
Or. it could be dream formerly denied because of pressure from other
significant people in your life, like parents, who pushed you to entertain
a chosen path of life that was never one of your burning desires.
Is there anything wrong with these kinds of dream?
Is This Daydreaming?
Some people might suggest that to have a dream or a recurring dream
that depicts a new reality is simply daydreaming where this dream
only acts as a way to fill the void from a less than satisfying job and
provides a necessary escape from their current reality thus making
their current situation somewhat bearable.
The interesting and more significant point, as well, is that a dream may
be what should be actually turned into a day-to-day reality that provides
a more pleasing and fulfilling life.
Reasons Why Not A Reality
So, why not invest the mental or physical energy wasted on dreaming
into developing a plan that will move you closer and closer to what you
really desire? This question leads naturally to the question of why not
turn a dream into reality?
Some reasons for not starting is just that; you never start; you never take
any steps whatsoever in taking any steps or actions. But, maybe this
thought is putting the cart before the horse. What I mean is that one
must first have a burning desire, similar to a 'I can't wait to start work'
attitude, to have or
obtain only what now is currently only a dream.
The other question that one must ask is this: how many roadblocks to
initiating one's dream are you creating or, in the reverse sense of this
question, how many roadblocks can I create so that I won't initiate
or start working towards fulfilling my dream?
Who Not What Is The Obstacle?
One situation often occurs in people wrestling with the decision
on whether or not to go full steam ahead in the pursuit of putting into
reality their dream. This situation, although not in all cases, refers
more to the roadblocks one allows to give precedence to in their
decision making process. By this I mean that some people will focus
their mind on discovering or inventing more reasons why they shouldn't
pursue their dream than they do in making a list of why they should
pursue their dream.
If you find yourself in this situation, one positive action is to talk
with someone you know who has changed their career, someone
who has had to make sustained effort to change despite
or circumstances. Why?
Simple. The person who has taken action
to move beyond an unsatisfying
career has learned what it takes; has developed a set of procedures;
has formulated an action plan; and one who has learned to overcome
obstacles. The mind is a powerful tool and with its' inherent power
comes the challenge
to sift the wheat from the chaff especially as it relates
to discouraging thoughts having greater sway in one's mind than thoughts
of encouragement. Part of the reason for these senses of discouragement
have their antecedents in one's experiences in life up to their current position
in life. These antecedents may involve a feeling of lack of self-worth
or a feeling of inadequacy or a feeling that ramps up one's fear of taking a risk.
I understand that this may be a little difficult just to wholeheartedly plunge
into implementing a dream, so, one of the first things to do is to decide
whether you have a real and burning desire that our dream become
your reality. This is a critical question and one that must be contemplated
It is one thing to want to do it, I understand, and quite another to actually
turn this dream into a working plan. There are some alternatives to starting,
however. One thing that I would suggest is to set about doing extensive
research into the aspects of what your dream entails.
This research means that you can start by using the Internet to research
similar ideas that have been turned into a success story, or even stories
Failures can provide a host of ideas of what not to do but can also show
you what was tried and the method used. In finding out what was
previously done, you can also research better ways of doing something
than was originally done. In other words, finding failures reveals what
not to do and this discovery is a key lesson to understand.
Research Pays Off
After you have conducted a thorough review, you can also research
people who have had success
in doing something that is related.
In doing this kind of research, you are really looking to develop a list of potential mentors. These are people who you could contact, relate a few points about what you want to do, and ask them if they would be kind enough to talk with you (if they live close to you), or to have a telephone discussion. These discussions can cover the entire gambit from developing a solid and workable plan to what to do next in preparing to launch or start whatever it is that your dream entails.
An Example To Consider
Let's say your dream was to become a doctor. You already know what a
doctor is so you need to decide what kind of doctor you want to be, that is, a general family physician, or a doctor specializing in a certain kind of medicine.
In this case, for example, one thing you must determine is whether you have the necessary courses to be considered for medical school. If you are just about to enter university, this means that you would gear your course selection towards fulfilling the basic requirements that will allow you to be admitted to medical school.
The course decisions can be a lot easier if you speak with a doctor who specializes in an area you would like to eventually specialize in. One option that is freely available today is to search the Internet for information on various specialties. Another option is to go to your local hospital and ask to speak to the hospital administrator to see if he or she could arrange a meeting with a specialist. Or, you could ask your family physician if they would help you speak to a specialist.
Better Not To Go It Alone
Wouldn't it be a lot easier to ask them for guidance or suggestions
than going it alone, or, worse still, staying mired in current circumstances
where the only positive is your dream?
"Your attitudes and the choices you make today will be your life tomorrow, build it wisely."
"Dare to dream, but even more importantly, dare to put action behind your dreams."
"Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered."