Dream On: 5 Ways To Make Your Dream A Reality

Now that the dust has settled from your News Years celebrations, it is time to make those 2015 resolutions a reality and start working to achieve your dream. Instead of making jokes about how you’re a slacker and your dream is not meant to be, recognize that your goals aren’t going to happen on their own. Your first habit to kick this new year is laziness. When it comes to achieving your dream you must be an active participant. You can get motivation from others but ultimately the only person for the job is you.

January 13th is Make Your Dreams Come True Day and the perfect opportunity for you to get started. Achieving your dream sounds like a daunting task and can paralyze you before you even begin. To make your dreams manageable, realistic and attainable follow these five power words: Planning, Movement, Patience, Flexibility, and Persistence.

Planning – Plan where you want to be by the end of the year. Say you want to have a book written by the year’s end. Instead of creating an impossible goal (like writing the thing in one sitting), take that large task and break it into smaller, attainable ones. Plan to write a chapter at a time. Set meetings once a month with someone who is willing 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. Just like in a race, you have to will yourself to keep going to reach that finish line. Even if you’ve lost your energy to run you must keep walking to get to the 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 one task when you have a large dream at stake! Remind yourself these goals are small and easily attainable. Don’t put anything off. Set realistic 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. While having patience is easier said than done, you must 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 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 continue moving forward.

Flexibility – Remember that not everything is going to happen according to plan. Your life is unique and you can’t base your life off someone else’s path. Unexpected things happen in life—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 alone won’t fix a problem, you must actively adjust your plans to accommodate your circumstances. This may include moving around a few steps or it may include changing your entire timeline. Either way don’t get discouraged! Recognizing when changes need to be made and implementing those changes is a huge help in nearing your goals.

Persistence – “Persistence is key” is a saying for a reason. You have to keep going. Persistence is not just about the movement you’re already working on. Persistence is about that inner strength that tells you to keep going no matter what. You must wade through your negativity and doubts to attain success in this life. If along your journey, someone or something says ‘no,’ hear it instead as, ‘try again.’ You’re going to face a lot of obstacles but it’s important to fight for what you love. 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 in addition to courage you have planning, movement, patience, flexibility, and persistence to help you through.