There are many lessons we can learn from small children but how to dream big is one of my favorites. Do you remember when you were a child, all the things you wanted to accomplish? You didn’t worry about whether or not you had the right skills or clothes, enough money, a supportive spouse, etc. Children just dream and then dream some more! Everyone had dreams but some of us gave up ours because of perceived obstacles or because the dream missed our deadline. The dreams that you had were given to YOU for a reason. Getting reacquainted with your dreams and crafting a plan for seeing them through may help you start living your purpose right now.
Plan for Success
Have you ever just happened upon a big personal success? Perhaps you woke up and realized a major work project had gotten done while you were sleeping? Did you accidentally get a college degree? I think not, but this illustration makes it easier to see that our dreams aren’t going to happen without planning either. You have been successful at planning other things so I believe you can be successful at making your dreams come true with the right preparation. You should look at preparing your mind and your environment.
Prepare Your Mind
Your mental preparation includes visualizing your dream coming true and keeping a positive attitude. Spend some time searching your mind for why you want the dream. Really thinking about your dream will help you uncover ideas for making it happen that might not have come to you with just a cursory examination. I have a friend who always tells me the answers to my questions are inside me if I would slow down (and hush) long enough to hear them. If the reason behind your dream is you want to help people it will be harder to quit when you know that your dream matters to others also. Also think about what obstacles you might face on the way to seeing your dream come to life. Might you have moments of doubt or minor setbacks? Plan for those challenges in advance so you can simply acknowledge the situation but keep moving forward with minimal delay.
I have written before about the power of positive affirmations for helping you guard your attitude and realize your dreams. Positive affirmations help keep you moving toward your goal, even when you can’t see how you will make it. Just because the path to your dream isn’t obvious to you right now, doesn’t mean the path is not there. Something could change in the next moment and immediately you would be able to see how and when your dream will be realized.
Prepare Your Environment
It’s important to support your positive thinking with visual cues and reminders of your dreams. To prepare your environment you might:
- Make a dream board where you can pin or glue symbols of what you want to see realized.
- 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.
Surrounding yourself with tools that support your dream will help you stay on the right track and motivated. Regardless of what your dreams are—and your dreams are uniquely yours—you are capable of making them come true.
What dreams did you have when you were young? Are you working on any of them now or did you convince yourself they were unrealistic? It’s never too late. Let me know how to support you in the comment box below.