Turn your Big Dreams into Bigger Realities
Are your big dreams attainable possibilities or wishful thinking? Even if your answer is “wishful thinking,” there are ways you can take your dreams out of that category and put them into the realm of possibilities. In fact, you’re most likely more equipped to convert dreams into reality than you ever thought you were!
In 2016, I was working for a company doing a job that I enjoyed but it was not challenging or fulfilling. I always dreamed of writing and publishing my own book but I told myself I couldn’t fit it in. When I had open heart surgery in 1995, I began writing essays and clips of my experiences and especially the life-and-death experiences with the medication I was taking, Coumadin.
When I heard rumors that a layoff was coming, I decided to put my focus where it could do some good. I decided to write my book. That decision gave me the push I needed and it completely erased the stress of not knowing if I had a future at the company.
Whether your dream job is to write the “great American novel”, climb Mt. Everest with your children, or start a non-profit company to bring fresh water to everyone in the world, your dream will stay in cloud space until you decide to make it happen.
“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
~ Tom Bradley
Use these strategies to turn your big dreams into the life you are want to live:
- Want it for the right reasons. Before you go off chasing a big dream, stop and ask yourself, “Do I really want this for me? Sometimes, it’s so easy to get caught up in what your family wants or what society dictates that you lose sight of what’s important to you.
- Really stop and think about how your life would change if you achieved that big goal.
- Feel confident to tweak your dream so it’s exactly what you want for you now, and not what would make others happy.
- Consider if the end result is really worth all that you’re required to put in or sacrifice.
- Take small bites. Once you’ve decided that your big dream is really yours and yours alone, you’ll need to create a game plan for achieving it. A big part of that is to break down your humongous goal into smaller, more attainable goals.
- For example, if turning your dream into reality has large costs, break down the expenses into smaller amounts that your income can accommodate over time.
- If your goal entails great personal changes, divide these changes into a series of small, achievable steps that lead you closer and closer to your goal.
- Once you’ve broken things down, set realistic targets for achieving the mini-goals and hit them!
- Network. As the saying goes, “No man is an island.” Take advantage of the knowledge, skills, help and support of others around you to help you meet your goals.
- Seek mentors that have already met goals similar to yours.
- Discover how others in similar situations to yours have overcome challenges to meet their goals.
- Sacrifice. Most successful people today could tell you of sacrifices they had to make in order to attain their goals. Turning big dreams into reality takes time and effort, but the end result is living the life you desire. However, if you continue to do things the same way you always have, you can only expect to get the same result!
- For instance, do you have unhealthy spending habits that are hindering your progress toward your goals? Put some frivolous expenses on the back bench in favor of expenses that are directly tied in with your dreams.
- To make the time you need to work on your big goal, consider turning off the TV and blocking out quiet time to plan, schedule, and execute the actions that will lead you directly to to your goal.
When I decided to write my book, I had been journaling about my experiences for 15 years. I was working full time and had a daily, 2-hour commute. Every day, I got up at 4:00 am and wrote for two hours before getting ready for work. When I got home, I researched articles and planned my writing for the next morning. I did that for six months before I my corporate position was eliminated and I was let go. It took me another two months working on it full time to upload my book on Amazon Createspace. My book, The Ten Commandments of Coumadin, is not a best seller, but it is one of my greatest accomplishments.
There’s no reason that you can’t turn your big dreams into bigger realities. You’re the only person who dictates what you can and can’t achieve! Use these tips to start on your journey towards transforming your dreams into reality. You’ll look back and smile when you make it happen!
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe