How To Turn Dreams Into Reality
All men dream; but not equally.
- T.E. Lawrence
We all envision some perfect lifestyle. Maybe we're rockstars, maybe we're CEOs, maybe we're pro sportspeople. When we're kids we eagerly tell the whole world about our dreams; one week we're going to be a fireman, the next week we're going to be a vet. When I was seven I wanted to be a pirate.
Somewhere along the line though our dreams get smaller. We start dreaming of how great it would be if we could quit our jobs, or get a new car, or be done with this boring meeting/class/seminar.
Sure, somewhere in the back of our minds is a real dream. A big dream. But our everyday actions rarely seem to be working directly toward that dream, and suddenly we find ourselves embarrassed to talk about them. Like the words have no weight behind them.
We need to re-learn to dream like kids
Kids dream unashamedly. They dream huge. We need to regain that youthful spirit and dream big, because you don't need to read an article to find out how to turn your dream of "drinking a coffee soon" into a reality, do you?
We stop dreaming big as realism sets in - we find out that creating a city out of sugar cubes and marshmallows is going to be difficult, time-consuming and problematic if it rains. And that's the thing, dreams are hard to pursue. That's why so few people actually make theirs come true.
But if someone can do it, why can't you?
Right now thousands of people are actively pursuing whatever it is you want to do. While you sit around watching T.V they're working hard. Who do you think is going to succeed?
Unfortunately for all of us lazy people, you can't accomplish anything worth accomplishing without hard work. You need to learn the skills, which takes a huge amount of time and practice. If you want to be a rockstar it's no good saying "I've been playing guitar for five years" if you only picked the instrument up once a month. Some other wannabe rockstar has been playing every day for ten years.
But that's only the start; once you've got the skills the real hard work begins. You need to commit yourself to your goal and work towards it, which means swallowing your fear of failure and your self-doubt and plunging into months or years of hard work without reward.
Sure, achieving your dreams is difficult, but it's not impossible. Well, if you want to create a city out of sugar cubes and marshmallows it might be pretty close to impossible, but I can still see it happening with enough people... and sugar cubes and marshmallows.
Dreams need to be broken down into yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals
I'm trying to get this website to rank well for a few choice keywords, especially "copywriting" and "Perth copywriting" - unfortunately a whole bunch of other webmasters are targeting the exact same words, and Google lowers your rank if your website is less than a year old (which mine is). So, I've made it a daily goal to work on search engine optimisation, a weekly goal to post at least one blog post and a monthly goal to double my total traffic from the last month.
All of these smaller goals contribute to the bigger goal of making my business successful through acquiring new clients, and even that goal is only a stepping stone to my ultimate goal, which is starting my own company. I also have weekly and monthly goals to read certain business books, connect with certain industry influencers through social media and gain a higher Twitter and Facebook following.
If I hadn't set these smaller goals then the dream of "owning my own company" would just be a pipe-dream. I'd go to work somewhere for someone and I'd sit in my cubicle dreaming of one day being free from a boss and working towards my own causes, and I'd probably stay that way until difficult circumstances or fear of failure kept me in similar roles until I retired. Then I'd die. Life wasted.
Think about what you want to do with your life, then decide how to work towards it today
There are reasons you aren't living your dream life. Maybe you lack the skills or connections, maybe you need more industry experience, maybe you need to go to university. Whatever obstacles they are, you have to understand that without them you would be living your dream life.
So whether, like me, you need to read and acquire certain knowledge and skills, or whether you need to buy a few giant packs of marshmallows every day - your dream won't come true unless you work on it today, tomorrow and every day until you get where you want to go.
Break the dream down into manageable chunks, try and connect with people who've done it before you and commit yourself to learning whatever you need to learn. Write your goals down, too, our minds suck with this sort of thing.
Above all, be patient. Apparently Rome wasn't built in a day.
Oh, and check out this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Cheval he built himself a palace by collecting stones on his mail round... for thirty-three years. Respect.