When you have a dream, it lives in your mind and brings you hope and joy when you focus on it. The challenge of the dream is that the tangible evidence of the result may not be evident in real time. However, there is evidence you are making progress when you acknowledge your success in the steps you take towards your dreams.
The following are “dream maker” steps to success to watch for:
•others who have a similar dream
•others who have achieved your dream
•conversations with those who support and believe in your dream and dream with you
•milestone markers – your successes that are part of the dream (passing a test, making the right contact, getting a contract)
During this process, when you can be fragile because the dream is not yet a reality, it is important to be wary of the following:
•people who tell you why you can not achieve your dream
•people who have the opposite view and belief and are living it
•people who discard you or demean who you are
If you can listen to those people, not be affected by their attitudes and words, and take them with a grain of salt, then you can accept other gifts they may have. But when their influence sets you back, you need to disengage and distance yourself until you can view them more objectively.
Your energy, passion and commitment will carry you far, but like a plant that needs to watered, you need to be “watered” during the process of making your dream a reality. It can be a long process and a long road, but if you acknowledge and give thanks for each part of the process you achieve, you can enjoy the journey along the way.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” He also wrote, “If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
by Patricia Raskin
Coach, Trainer and Author
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