Achieving a dream can be a long term venture. Some dreams actualize quickly, others take up to a decade or more. Whatever the case is, never stop dreaming. There will be many discouraging experiences, but to keep dreaming is the only way forward. Here are five tips to help you to keep your dreams alive.
1. Write your dreams down
As simple a task as this is, most people fail to do it. Keeping a journal is no longer as fashionable as it was a hundred years ago. While carrying a physical journal may be outdated, employing any of the modern devices for notetaking can be useful. What is important is to take notes of our dreams as soon as we are inspired. Notes must be stored carefully in places where they can be called up and reviewed or updated.
2. Keep your dreams in Mind
Constantly remind yourself of your dreams and make them a constant part of your day. Pick out an item that reminds you of your dreams and put it up in a place where you encounter it daily. Making flashcards or pictorials and putting them up in closets, bathroom windows, bedposts or other parts of the home have remained a favorite for many people. Find what works for you and do it but ensure that you are reminded of all the awesome stuff you have to contribute to this universe.
Sharing your dreams with people also has a downside especially if they do not share your passion and enthusiasm. You might get discouraged bigtime. Do not share your dreams with people who do not believe in you and have the capacity to support you. Many have left their dreams because of all the negative comments from people. Many people choose to keep their dreams to themselves and only share their successes. Other choose to share and remain unfazed if they don’t get the support they need. Either option is fine as long as you are able to stay on your track until you achieve some greatness.
Choose the right friends and fora
In this age where friendship can no longer be regulated by proximity, people are able to forge relationships with persons in other continents. It is now possible to actually work together on projects, go on virtual adventures or play games virtually or remotely. This presents the opportunity to network and interact with all sorts of individuals and groups. Linkedin alongside many social networks provide opportunities to network with professionals globally. We can easily associate with friends or join various fora and any of the networks available. These also present a good opportunity to share your dreams and get the support you need to make them work. Do not join a group until you are sure that their objectives match yours. Friends have remained the biggest dream killers in the history of the world. Beware of your friends especially if their energy no longer matches yours. You can be the force that lifts them up and keeps them inspired else, move on.
5. Stay Positive
The act of staying positive has been emphasized by numerous authors and have become quite popular. Being positive does not entail that a person can not be discouraged or feel depressed from time to time. It implies that our attitudes to life and the events we encounter every day are open and hopeful. It is the belief that there is a good in every circumstance even if it isn’t clear at a point in time. A positive person knows that they can turn any circumstance around even if it’s hellish. Typically, they never stop working until the circumstance changes. In the words of the World Famous Motivational Speaker Les Brown, ‘It’s not over until I win!’
Like people, every dream wants to live. But it is up to you to make that happen. Dreams are like seeds that are thrown in the soil and grow to become trees. Each person can have a thousand dreams and each dream has the potentials for greatness. The way I see it is that every person has a thousand opportunities to be great. So, don’t be afraid to chase that dream and make the best of it.
Michael is a Project Manager with years of experience in nonprofits and managing startups. He shares what he has learnt over time with like-minded persons. He gives classes to persons who plan a future in the nonprofits sector or as entrepreneurs.