Dreams Are A Necessary Part Of Life
Dreams are a part of life. We all have them. I’m not talking about the kind of dream you have while you’re sleeping. I’m talking about the dreams that are woven into the fabric of our life ambitions. The dreams I want to discuss for the next few moments are the visions we have for our direction in life.
Do you remember the things you dreamed of doing or becoming when you were a child? Some children dream of becoming professional athletes. Others dream of becoming doctors, movie stars, or the next great President of the United States. Perhaps some of our childhood dreams seem silly when we look back on them today. As children, we believed anything was possible and nothing was beyond reach. When and why do we as adults stop believing our dreams can come true? We grow up and sadly stop dreaming because we see our challenges clearer than our dreams.
Dreams are vital to a happy life. When we cease to dream our life becomes stagnant. Think of a body of water that becomes stagnant. If a perpetual fresh source of water doesn’t flow into a body of water, it stagnates and begins to stink. Stagnant water won’t sustain life. A life without a constant influx of dreams is like a stagnant pond. Without dreams our happiness, joy, and quality of life begins to die.
Are Our Dreams Too Small? How Do We Achieve Them?
I often wonder if even the dreams we do embrace for ourselves are too small. Do we unconsciously put a limit on the size of our dreams based on what we think is possible? Any dream worth having should be big. Someone once said that if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. I tend to agree with that. We often underestimate our own potential; therefore we limit the size of our dreams. Small dreams are the result of insecurities and fear we hold onto. If you’re going to dream then dream big!
Dreams we embrace in life are closely related to goals. What dreams/goals do you have? Where do you want to be five years from now? Where in life are you now versus where you want to be? What accomplishments in life are you yearning for that have yet to be achieved? There a few tips and ideas I’d like to share to help you fulfill the dreams you have for your future.
Write Your Dreams Down On Paper
Remember I said dreams are basically goals we have. Before we can achieve our dreams, we first have to identify what they are. That sounds pretty simple, right? Oddly, many people if asked where they wanted to be in life 5 years from now wouldn’t have an answer. Their response would be, “I don’t know.” If you aim at nothing you’re sure to hit it every time. Goals and dreams have to be identified in specifics in order to be reached. Write your dreams down and keep them in front of you constantly. Put them on the front of your refrigerator so you’ll see them every day.
Create A Plan
A dream or goal without a plan is just a wish. A wish is something we would make when blowing out birthday candles as a kid. It involved very little thought and no planning. In order to reach a goal and achieve a dream, you must have a plan. Determine what steps are necessary to reach your goal. Do you need to go back to school for further education or training? Do you need to relocate? Maybe you need to banish certain habits or relationships from your life. With a little thought and some research, you can devise a plan to navigate your way to your desired destination.
Seek Out Someone Who Has Accomplished What You Dream Of
One logical thing to do is find a person who has achieved what you want to achieve and get their advice. If you want to become free of debt, seek out someone who is debt-free. Don’t waste time talking to someone whose finances are a wreck. If you want to improve your marriage, talk to someone who has had a long happy marriage. It’s a no brainer. Seek out people who are who you want to become. If you hang out with folks lacking goals and dreams, they will hold you back in life. They will never challenge or encourage you to better yourself.
Don’t Waste Time Dreaming Small
If you’re going to dream, why not dream big? I like what motivational speaker Brian Tracy said about big dreams. He said, “Dream big dreams. Imagine that you have no limitations and then decide what’s right before you decide what’s possible”. I like that! Too many times our insecurities, doubts, and fears restrict the size of our dreams and goals. We think we’re not smart enough, not good enough, too old, and on and on. Our excuses can be endless. It may be time for you to stop making excuses that are keeping your dream small and go for the gusto! The great Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Disney also said, “This whole thing started with a dream and a mouse.”
Have Faith In God To Help You
Most importantly we must trust and have faith in God. Pursuing our dreams requires faith and a belief in a power higher than us and that source is God. Being a Christian, I believe what the Bible says when it tells us anything is possible to him who believes. (Mark 9:23)
Anything is possible if we simply trust God to help us. I would like to leave you with this bit of scripture from the Bible for you to ponder. Ephesians 3:20 says. “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Don’t stop dreaming and when you do, dream big!
“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Thanks for reading!
Until next time,