We are all born with the ability to dream; as humans, our imaginations are virtually limitless. Dreams are what propelled a young man from Otuoke to the presidency, despite his lack of sandals on his feet. If you had told him it was possible at the time, he would have either laughed or believe you. We all have dreams; dreams of a better life; of accomplishing various feats; dreams are what drove the greatest scientists to achieve their goals. Although dreams are free, bringing them to life can be challenging; here are three ways we can make our dreams a reality:
Goals are necessary for success. We hear motivational speakers talk about the importance of goals every day; I’m sure some people have given up hope of setting and following through on their goals. Goals are extremely important; if they haven’t been working for you, you haven’t set them correctly. My colleague told me about a story she saw on social media a few days ago; the individual said he wanted to be rich so he could take care of the poor, but now he is grown and still poor; funny, right?
However, this is not an isolated incident. It is, in fact, very common.
We must be able to distinguish between goals and wishful thinking or daydreaming; becoming rich is everyone’s dream; however, there is no one way to become rich; therefore, if your goal is just to become rich, you do not yet have a goal.
Achievable goals are rarely vague; for example, if you want to build a house, will you just start building without a plan? Building a house is a great example of how goals work; you decide to build a house, buy land, and then begin planning based on the type of house you’ve imagined; the house plan is drawn. The plan specifies the number of blocks and other materials required, as well as other details. You now know what will be brought into the house. Keep in mind that the measurements in the plan are usually the amount of land available.
Another great example is a football match; before meeting a new team, football managers draw out plans and set formations using the players at their disposal; without these, teams would not be successful. However, in the end, the teams with the most watertight plans win the game.
Setting a goal is a one-of-a-kind process; one-of-a-kind because it must be tailored to your desire to succeed in a specific area of life. Set SMART goals; set long-term goals and within those long-term goals, set small goals that, when met, will bring you closer and closer to your overall goal.
Believe in your dreams
You must first believe in yourself and your dreams; if you don’t, no one else will. You must first be convinced that you are capable of accomplishing what you have set out to do. Life is like a mirror reflected in your eyes. No matter how you explain your dreams to others, it will never make as much sense to them as it does to you; and until you achieve or get closer to your dreams, they will always seem impossible to others. Seeking the approval of others implies that you either want instant gratification or that you are unsure of what you see. The vision must be clear, and the journey must be well-planned.
Pursue your dreams wholeheartedly, and be disciplined enough to stay on the path you’ve chosen. There will be many distractions along the way; many challenges and many enticing stops; this is why you must understand the journey clearly; otherwise, you will stop at the wrong junction or take the wrong turn.
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