I recently shared about dreams and awakening our dreams. There is a creeping dream buster called inaction, which can also be labeled mediocrity. Life sometimes happens, some say. Time went too fast, after college, job(s), marriage, kids, grandkids; there was never enough time to pursue your dreams.
If it were an analogy we would probably agree that “The dream got drowned in the vast ocean of life.”
The question that would naturally arise is, “Who submerged the dream in that vast ocean of life?” Was it the job(s), perhaps the responsibility that one has in marriage...or are we probably just finding comfort in blaming everything and everyone but ourselves?
Action is not 'easy' but it is the only thing we have to do, take specific actions on our dreams. We fear that we might fail or that people will ridicule us if we fail.
Most of the time when on a dance floor, the ones criticizing your moves are those sitting on the sidelines.
There is no short-cut to realizing our dreams. It takes work and deliberate specific action on your part.
I wonder if you've ever seen a baby learning to take their first steps. They move from one support object to the next being really careful not to trip. It takes time to learn and they will surely fall severally while learning the tricks. Eventually, they walk without any support objects.
What if the baby decided to sit and crawl simply because it was too hard to walk? What would you do as a parent?
Begin taking baby steps to achieve your dreams
Secrets to taking action:
- It won't be easy but it will be worth it. Nothing good comes easy.
- You have to be your own best friend and motivator. The dream is yours so no one will help you if you don't help yourself.
- It will take time to learn the tricks. Don't be in a rush for quick-fixes.
- Be prepared to trip while taking action. You will make mistakes, learn the lessons and push forward.
- There will always be people who ridicule you, most of the time, they don't understand the dream as you do. “You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ― Winston Churchill
- Ask for help when the going gets tough. There are always people who have been through the road you are on.
Goals are dreams with deadlines.
- Write down the dream.
- Write the specific actions that need to be undertaken to achieve the goal.
- Write down dates when you hope to have achieved each goal. This will help you measure progress.
- Share your dream with people whom you can trust. This will keep you accountable.
- Adjust the goals and deadlines appropriately as you progress.
To live your life fully, you have to take action. Take it now! As Jim Rohn said, "You do not find what you need, you find what you search for."
Matthew 7 (PHILLIPS)
7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you. The one who asks will always receive; the one who is searching will always find, and the door is opened to the man who knocks.”