One of the biggest challenges I see with people I work with who have a dream is that they fail to visualize what it will look like when they have achieved it because they do nothing to breathe life into it. For example, I constantly come across people who want to write a book. So, I ask them, what do you do every day to move closer to that dream? The overwhelming response is silence. Why not write words a day?
I ask, Because I'm not sure what to write about, they tell me. Because some days I just don't have the time. Why not keep a diary of the things you'd like to write about?
Yes, you see where this is going. Time passes whether you use it or not. If you write words of crap on Monday-Friday and words of brilliant prose on Saturday you're words closer to your dream not words further away from it. We fear doing something every day because we fear daily failure. Get over it. The path to your dreams is paved with the many failures and the few small steps forward.
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When you are at the end of your rope and all hope seems lost remind yourself of why you had the dream to begin with. Write letters to your future self about why the dream is important. Tuck them away and then go back to them to recall the passion and the power of your dream. I still go back and read letters I had written to myself in my twenties about my dream to build a business, be an author, and go on the speaking circuit.
At the time they were baseless. I had the grammar of a 5th grader and I was terrified of speaking in public. But I was't going to let the pattens of my past define the limits of my future.
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In fact, if I had my way I'd have every couple who gets married write a long letter to their spouse on the day they were married. The letter would outline all of the wonderful reasons why they decided to get married in the first place. It would list the many positive and endearing qualities of their spouse.
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And then they would seal those letters in an envelope to be opened when the going got really rough, when doubts and fear set in. No, that alone is not going to save a marriage?
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I'm not that naive. But it would save some by reminding them of why they wanted to do this to begin with. Yes, that's easy to say, but I have been clenched in the jaws of fear, I know what it feels like to be despondent about the potential death of a dream.
Colleagues and friends gave me sound advice, "Let go," "Move on," "It's not worth it. It's supportive and caring. But it was not their dream, it was mine, and only I knew what I would be able to live with. I had 30 people on payroll to whom I had made a commitment. I was not going to walk away from them. I was not going to give up. My soul would not rest knowing that I let raw emotion and fear stand in the way.
Will Smith said it best, "If you and I get on a treadmill to see who can stay on the longest I will win or I will die before I get off. Yes, the kind that dreams are built with. I sold the business. Dreamers needs each other.
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One of the best ways to reinforce the value of your own dreams is to find ways to support the dreams of others. In my mentoring so much of what I do is little more than provide encouragement and support for people who have little more than an embryo of a dream, fragile and barely formed. In doing that I've realized that many times I am simply reinforcing my own conviction in my dreams.
Will this ensure that they realize their dreams. And I know I'm not alone in having this experience. I'm sure you've probably wondered yourself about why you keep having the same dream over and over again, especially if it often involves the same person each time. He adds that about two-thirds of people experience recurring dreams, and that this doesn't mean that whatever themes or people are showing up are necessarily literal. Choose a new ending, and try to imagine things when you're heading to sleep at night that are immensely pleasurable to you. And, if you are having a recurring dream, she adds, if you don't act on or interpret the message it might be sending, it repeats itself.
So pay attention to them, she advises.