Living your dream can be problematic for some. To start with, not everyone allows themselves to envision or identify their dream. They conduct day to day activities on auto-pilot, doing what they need to do to be moderately successful, but neglect taking the time to reflect on what really makes them thrive and feel valuable.
Some only dream small dreams, fearing the outcomes that dreaming big might bring. People find themselves asking ‘What if my dream comes true?’ or ‘What if I can’t make it happen?’. Instead of asking yourself these questions, ask:
- What is my dream?
- How do I want to live my life?
- What would make me truly happy?
- What would it take to make progress towards achieving my dream?
- Have I established steps and a timeline?
After asking yourself these questions, write down the answers you’re comfortable and confident with. By writing them down you make them more real. In addition, once they’re written you have a visual reminder that you can review on a regular basis. This reminder keeps you focused on your goals and ensures you don’t get distracted.
Dream big, and make necessary adjustments until you suceed. Avoid letting others tell you what your dream should be and start creating your own. How can others know what you truly want? Don’t let others squelch your enthusiasm; only you understand and have unlimited vision to your dreams. As said by Steve Jobs,
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Some dreams take decades to achieve. Be realistic and realize that nothing happens overnight and that obstacles are not unusual but certainly can be overcome. Life is filled with decisions, challenges, rewards, benefits and consequences, but bottom line there are choices we must make.
Some considerations are:
- What works for you and feels right?
- What can you learn?
- How are you adding value?
- Are you moving forward or restricting yourself?
Not everything goes as planned. Expect obstacles, plan for delays, and don’t beat yourself up if your timeline or dream change in the process. Identify your dream by writing down how you’d like to live your life, then take control by summoning the courage to make the choices that will help make your dream a reality.