Have you ever dreamed of doing something amazing that made your heart sing, but at that time in your life it seemed completely impossible? What did you do with your dream? Did you grab hold of it and work over time to achieve it or did you discard it as an unrealistic and impossible dream? Over the years, I’ve discarded many dreams because I didn’t know how to make them breathe. In fact, I’m sad to say that my life is littered with abandoned dreams. But now I’m beginning to understand that abandoning your dreams comes at a very high cost.
This is because when I abandon a dream, I’m actually discarding a little bit of me.
Dreams come from our subconscious and are tied to what makes us unique. Dreams are the bedrock upon which you build a meaningful life. You cannot create something new or better without first dreaming it or imagining it. Our dreams show us who we really are and hint at who we can be. Dreams give us an idea as to how we can make the world a better place.
These days, I take my dreams seriously by paying attention to them. I think them of them in the same way I think of my children because like my children, they are created within me and come from who I am.
Earlier this year I spent 6 months in London looking after two of my grandchildren when my daughter returned to work after maternity leave. I’d forgotten how much attention and food small children need. In addition to three main meals, I quickly remembered the need to have a steady supply of snacks available to help my children cope with the ups and downs of the day.
Just as our babies are born helpless and needing to be loved, cared for and fed, so too are our dreams.
Dreams rarely arrive fully formed. They require love, care and nourishment to bring them to maturity.
So how do you nourish and feed your dreams? The following 4 steps will help you on your way:
Following these 4 steps will strengthen your determination to achieve your dreams. Sometimes you’ll be frustrated because things are moving very slowly, but in the same way that you don’t expect a small child to become an adult overnight, neither can you expect dreams to suddenly become reality. They will grow and develop as you work to bring them to life.
If a dream seems impossible right now, focus on one thing you can do today and make sure you do it. It doesn’t matter how small your action is, by doing something you’re affirming to the Universe that you take your dreams seriously.
Even if you’ve abandoned dreams in the past, they never truly go away. You can always pick them up and dust them off. It’s never too late to breathe life into them. Treat your dreams with love and care and they will grow up in their own good time. Make them happen and you’ll find yourself living the ‘life of your dreams.’
I’d love to hear from you about your dreams. What do you dream of achieving and what barriers are you facing? What are you doing today to feed and love your dream. Please feel free to leave a comment.
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