Remember when you were growing up and you wanted to be a famous singer or an astronaut? Maybe you dreamed of being a firefighter or becoming an actor. Somewhere along the way, we put our dreams aside for more practical pursuits.
C.S. Lewis said, “ You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” And while you may not want to be an astronaut anymore, I bet there are other dreams still ruminating inside of you. Maybe you want to write a book or train for a triathlon. We all have dreams. Some are much larger and more complex than others, but they all have value.
Many people give up on their dreams because they don’t see them coming to pass quickly enough. Have patience! Although your dream may not have come to pass yet, it can still be realized.
Making Your Dreams a Reality
While you can’t force dreams to happen, you can take steps toward actualizing them. Maybe you want to travel to a specific place. Do you know anything about the culture and language there? Are you saving money each week or month toward your trip? You won’t magically arrive there. You must plan and work toward what you want.
The same is true if you want to have a family, write a successful book, help others, move to another state, or anything else that interests you. Even if you try and fail, keep trying. Your dreams have value. Keep moving toward them, even if you face setbacks and challenges.
Visualizing and Planning for Your Dreams
In addition to physically working toward your dreams, mental preparation is important. That means you need to keep visualizing and dreaming. It helps to have something visual to keep you focused on accomplishing your dream.
Try These Techniques:
- Make a vision board where you can pin or glue symbols of what you want to see realized. Hang it somewhere where you will see it often.
- Write down your dreams to keep them fresh in your mind.
- Keep a journal of what you’ve done toward realizing your dreams each day or each week.
- Talk with others who share your goals and dreams to stay encouraged and excited.
Just because the way to your dream doesn’t seem obvious to you just now, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way. Something could change in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, you’ll be able to see how and when your dream will be realized.