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The desire to follow your dreams is nothing new. People wish, hope and pray for a better life all the time, yet the idea is something that’s often automatically written off as unattainable by our conscious minds.
Yet the truth is that people follow their dreams all the time. I know hundreds of people who have changed their lives and are living their dreams. They took the road less traveled and succeeded. They thought up something and went after it.
The difference between those who start the process of following their dreams and those who don’t is their perception of reality. If you fully believed in something that could change your life and you knew how to make it real, wouldn’t you do it?
Here’s an action plan to get you in the right frame of mind for turning your dreams into reality:
It starts with freedom
It always starts with freedom. We all want to be free. We want the ability to make our own decisions, choose our own paths and live our own lives without feeling trapped, stuck or imprisoned.
True freedom, though, comes from within. Only from within can it be brought to your outer reality. We are what we think, so why not think of the best way to start following a path that leads you to the freedom you’re searching for?
The first step to making something happen—especially something as grand as the reach for freedom and fulfillment—is waking up.
Time to get out of bed
You’ve got to find yourself. Find the inner motivation to start this journey of trying to bring your dreams to life. Choose optimism over pessimism. If you’re not in touch with and in charge of yourself, you’ll be defeated by the all-powerful ego.
You are not your ego. Your ego is what you think you are. Sometimes your ego takes the wheel and drives you a little too close to the edge, but you can learn to control it. You just need to dig around inside yourself and find your true voice.
It’s the voice inside that screams, “Let me out!” It’s your “why,” as Simon Sinek would say. It’s your purpose, your meaning, your inner desires for something greater. It’s your higher consciousness, the part of you that’s connected to something greater than your perceived reality.
Use this part of you. Try to connect with it as much and as often as you can, and you’ll start to sense a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you. You’ll start to see the possibilities that unfold in front of your very eyes. It’s a feeling of connection, knowing and understanding. It’s something everyone is capable of, but many fail to use.
Once you find your purpose or your “why,” it’s much easier to follow your dreams. Having a purpose gives you something to strive for, something that matters.
Here are a few tips for bridging the gap between your dreams and reality:
1. Let go
Let go of all preconceived notions about what you think is possible, realistic or attainable. The world isn’t as black and white as it may sometimes seem.
If you’re not able to let go of the ideologies that hide the truth about the world, your life and how you should live it, you’ll forever be a slave to your circumstances. If you do let go and open your mind up to new experiences, ideas and ways of thinking, you also open the door to seeing a side of yourself you may not have seen before.
2. Let it in
The more you’re open to the possibility of your dreams becoming a reality, the more you start to believe it. Then you can start to access the flow of positive energy, thoughts and desires that will act as your guide, pushing you towards whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
Perseverance is one of your best allies. Keep pushing yourself to explore, learn and experience new ideas. Don’t be too discouraged when you face failure. Keep moving forward, and things will come together.
4. Take action
As Robert H. Schuller asked, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
Most of us would take action on something we wanted if we knew we couldn’t fail. A dream is only a dream until it’s acted on; it’s only then that it starts its slow transformation into reality.
Don’t worry about where the path will take you. Don’t worry about failing. Worry about what happens if you don’t start the journey. You already know what happens if you stick to the status quo. Remember that when you decide it’s time to quit.
The most courageous action you can take is to keep moving forward.