Three Steps to Make Dreams Come True
Updated: Oct 26
Do dreams still come true? If you could do anything you wanted and money was no option, what would it be? Even this question is daunting. The spectrum is massive. To answer this question, it takes soul searching.
It’s like the person that wins the lottery and blows it all in a year, there was no plan for the winnings. On the other end of the spectrum are those who begin to answer the question, do dreams still come true, and within a split second conclude why they can't accomplish their dream.
Of course, there are always naysayers that will agree with our own negative thoughts. Who likes disappointments? If we don’t try, we won’t fail. Right? No, it’s the other way around. If you don’t try you most definitely won’t succeed.
Consider this: Believe it or not you are the only one who can make your dreams come true. Dreams do come true, but you must put some work into them.
Here are three steps that will get you on your way.
Step 1. Get on the right road
A dream is just a destination stop on your road map towards your purpose. A dream puts an identifying mark that indicates the direction in which you want to travel. It helps you get started and alerts you when you veer off the right trail. You gotta get on the right road.
I became well known in my area of work in the child care industry. I liked my job and enjoyed speaking and teaching people who were like-minded. The problem was it was the wrong road to my purpose. My dream is to become a writer. So, I had to get off that road and start walking up the one that would lead me where I wanted to go.
It was scary as I waved goodbye to what looked like a lucrative future, but I knew I wouldn’t be fulfilled in it.
Don’t quit your day job
I’m not suggesting you quit your job unless you have an alternate form of income. But begin to make the change towards the dream. If you want to become a writer, start writing in your free time. Make time to begin. Make time to learn. Make time to experience the dreams through others who are doing it.
Step 2. Prepare your mind and emotions for hard work
Dreams come true but they don’t always feel like dreams because we must work at them. There's that pesky word again, work. We picture the fairy tales when someone dreams of something fabulous and “poof” there it is, it happens. NOT!
Even though we know stories of people who persevered to greatness, when you investigate, you’ll find loads of hard work, sweat, and buckets full of tears were applied. Emotionally, the thought of doing the hard work for ourselves makes us feel like we just can’t go on. Or, if you’re like me, you can do the work in your mind but when your feet hit the ground, you’re doing anything but running towards the dream. It can be scary.
Prepare your mind using these tools
Get an arsenal of supports that you can grab when your emotions threaten to stop you in your tracks. I use scripture or encouraging words that I might’ve picked up along the way.
Pictures of the dream placed strategically around your environment or in a place where you can easily find them will reminds you of the goal.
People who are doing the dream can be encouraging. If they can do it, so can you. Get familiar with their stories and rehearse them to yourself. Note their perseverance during hard times, their resolve, their determination. Know however, that everybody has their own way of getting to the dream. Mimicking others won’t necessarily get you the same results. Create your own.
Step 3. Know you are going to make mistakes.
Mistakes are part of the journey. If you prepare your mind to accept this fact, you won’t be thrown in a fizzy when they do occur.
Really, mistakes are blessings. They are indications that you are closer to your dream than you were before. If you do nothing, nothing will happen. Is something happening? Bad or good. You can correct the bad, learn from the bad, and you can continue the good. Either way, something is happening. And that is encouraging.
Even a rejection letter says, “I believed in myself; I put something out there, and I have evidence to prove it.” Don’t get frustrated with the process. Every important accomplishment needs time. Look at the mistake, learn what went wrong. Was it your assumptions, your lack of resources or preparations? Make a note not to repeat the mistake. But if you do, repeat the process of getting past it.
What are your dreams? What do you wish you could be in a perfect world? Don’t be afraid to say it. Saying it is the first courageous step in this journey. Send a comment. You’d be surprised how many people share the same dream.