Keep Your Dreams Alive

"Don't dream your life, live your dream"

Like the tune by Linda Ronstadt, “a dream is a wish your heart makes.” To lose sight of your dreams is to pass away a little yourself. It implies closing down the part of you that can soar above the reality of your present life to see amazing new opportunities.

Whenever she strolls down a road, a buddy of mine notices architectural details, forms, and colors. As a kid she fantasized about being an indoor designer, yet her parents—Italian immigrants—discouraged her from pursuing exactly what they felt was a troubled way to make a living. “I was crushed,” she says, and her dreams simply passed away.

Our dreams can be easily broken. It is important not to discuss them at an early stage to any individual whom we notice will certainly not encourage us to follow them. Other people often forecast their own concerns and doubts onto us, especially if they are jealous of our own zeal and determination to make our dreams a reality.

I have known since I was a teenager that I desired to be a fiction writer. No one in my household encouraged me to follow my dream, due to the fact that anything in the arts was thought to be unreliable. For years I composed and sold brief stories and novels while also working full time at my “other” job. As rejection slips started to pile up, it ended up being a growing battle to keep going after my dream.

By then I recognized that favorable support from various other writers was a requirement for my own success and signed up with one composing group after another up until I found the right team. When seeking a dream, many professionals in the goals accomplishment field emphasize the importance of having support. Isolation is a killer of dreams, according Barbara Sher, job therapist as well as author of 5 awesome books including Wishcraft and It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now.

Valerie Young, owner of the website and newsletter, “Changing Course” explains that help could originate from a number of resources including mentors, role models and coworkers. Although good friends could make a distinction, she says, you skyrocket when you use the wide network of help available to you.

To summarize, listed below are the actions I adhered to in building my dream. These can help you as you seek to follow your dreams also, especially when you are trying to earn a living and/or starting a family at the same time, and do not have any resources set up to help you get going.

Action #1: Separate from “Debbie-Downers”.

Action #2: Don’t stop believing.

Action #3: Don’t let your “real job” stop you from doing what your heart desires.

Action #4: Rally your support team.

What are your dreams, and how are you making them a reality? Tell us in the comments below!