Dream On (Really!): 5 Ways To Make Your Dream A Reality

Now that the dust has settled from your News Years celebrations, now is the time to make those 2015 resolutions a reality. Instead of making those jokes about how you slacked off, wouldn’t it be nice to say you made it one step closer?

Well, January 13th is Make Your Dreams Come True Day and the perfect opportunity for you to stop slacking and start reaching. Your dreams are a big goal that can become daunting once you think about them actually coming true, but if you take a step back, then you can set yourself up to make your dreams realistic and attainable.

You need five things to make your dreams come true: Planning, Movement, Patience, Flexibility, and Persistence. Here’s how you use these power words to benefit your dreams:

Planning – Plan where you want to be by the end of the year. Say you want to have a book written by the end of the year. Instead of creating an impossible goal (like writing the thing in just one sitting), take that large task and break it into smaller, more attainable ones. Plan to write a chapter at a time. Set meetings once a month to get together with someone in order to read and review what you have so far. Set little goals to check off on the way to reaching the big one. It will help you feel like you are accomplishing something and will motivate you to keep going.

Movement – You have to keep moving to reach your goals. You don’t have to run, but it requires at least walking to finish a race. Just like in a race, you have to will yourself to keep going to reach that finish line. Now that you’ve set your small goals, don’t get lazy about checking them off. You don’t want to get stuck on that one thing when you have a large dream at stake! Remind yourself these goals are small and easily attainable. Don’t put anything off. Set attainable deadlines that can be achieved each week.

Patience – Frustration is the biggest hurdle that stops most people from achieving their goals and realizing their dreams. You have to remind yourself constantly that things don’t happen overnight. You have to have patience. It’s easier said than done, but remember that good things come with time. If you ever get frustrated, stop what you’re doing, take a few breaths, and then look at what you’ve accomplished so far. Hopefully, you’ve knocked off a couple of your smaller goals along the way and those accomplishments can serve as reminders that, yes, you’re actually getting somewhere. Remember: you’re always further along than you were when you started. Sometimes we need to look back before we can move forward again.

Flexibility – Remember that not all things are going to happen according to plan. You’ll need to understand that your life isn’t exactly like everyone else’s and you can’t follow their path. Things happen—and in those moments, it helps to be flexible. If you hit a snag along the way, take a look at your next steps and rearrange them to get around the roadblock. This is different from giving up when frustrated. Patience and time won’t just fix a problem, you also need to adjust. Maybe you need to adjust your timeline or maybe you need to go about things a different way. Flexibility is key and not a cheat. Recognizing when changes need to be made and implementing those changes is a huge help in nearing your goals.

Persistence – You know how they say persistence is key? Well “they’re” right. You have to keep going. Persistence is not just about the movement you’re already working on. Persistence is also about that inner strength that tells you that you can keep going. Push aside any negativity. Anytime someone or something says ‘no’ in your journey, hear it instead as, ‘try again.’ You’re going to get a lot of negativity, it’s important to fight for what you love or believe in. The fighting becomes easier the more you do it. Remember: this is your dream—it’s worth fighting for.

Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” This is true, but now you also have planning, movement, patience, flexibility, and persistence as part of your goal-achieving arsenal. That means you’re unstoppable!