We all have dreams. Dreams give us hope about the future and with hope everything is possible. Remember when you were a little boy/girl and you knew exactly what you wanted to do with your life? Remember how you used to dream about the great things you would one day accomplish? What happened to those dreams?
Here's what happened. The people around you explained that things aren’t always the way you think they are, that life is tough, that you need to be more realistic, and grow up. Eventually you went along to get along and you let your dreams begin to slip away. The dreams that did not slip away got tucked away in the back of your mind.
Such a sad story, isn’t it? It doesn't have to be. If you can find the courage to bring your dreams back to life and work toward making them come true, it won’t be a sad story but a wonderful life story, the story of your life.
As you think about your dreams, consider any behaviors or habits you want to overcome, think about the person you want to be, your interests, your favorite activities, the things you want to do that energize you, where you want to live, and the things you want to have.
Write down all these dreams that come to your mind, even if you think some of them are kind of crazy. As you build your dream list, do not judge. Suspend disbelief. Anything is possible. After making your list, wait a few hours or even a day, then read the list and ask yourself these questions:
Why do I want this?
If you can’t seem to get an answer, then it’s not really a dream, and it won’t become a goal for you. You don’t want to waste time on something you don’t really want. Cross it off your dream list. You want only those things that keep you focused, enthusiastic, excited and passionate.
You don’t want to spend your life living someone else’s dream, do you? You’re done with doing that. You only want to do those things that bring you joy, peace and happiness. You only want to do those things that are morally right for you and for those around you.
If you have doubts about any of the dreams on your list, cross them off the list. You have to make sure that you set your goals properly because a goal properly set is halfway reached, as Abraham Lincoln said.
With those dreams that are left, ask yourself if each and every one of them will make you feel better about yourself, if they will bring inner peace and joy into your life and the lives of those you love.
Will your dreams help you live a healthier and more abundant life?
Will they help you make new and wonderful friends?
Will they help you meet new people...people who can help you grow and learn new and interesting things?
You don’t want any “NOs.” If you have one, two, or more of them with "NO," you will want to drop those dreams from your list also. You might think this is nonsense but it’s not. You have to go through this process to eliminate all those things you thought you want but don’t really need. Otherwise they become distractions that block your progress on the dreams that you really, really want.
When the “weeding” of your dream list is complete, you are ready to begin accomplishing your dreams.
"Are you disappointed, discouraged and discontented with your present level of success? Are you secretly dissatisfied with your present status? Do you want to become a better and more beautiful person than you are today? Would you like to be able to really learn how to be proud of yourself and still not lose genuine humility? Then start dreaming! It's possible! You can become the person you have always wanted to be!"
~ Robert H. Schuler