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How to Make Dreams Come True

Tired of wishing, wanting and waiting? Then, stop. Making progress towards a dream may not be easy, but it’s always worth it. Use the 5 steps below to get you well on your way.

Dream macro. Think telescope, big picture. Be specific and identify what your goals are.

What will reaching my goals look like?
How will it make me feel?
Why are they important to me?

Work micro. Think microscope, small stuff. Consider what you want to achieve, how to get there and then break the journey down into small, manageable steps. Be concrete and actionable. Let success snowball by listing tasks and smaller goals in the order you’ll need to accomplish them.

What exactly do I need to do?
How can I find help when I need it?
What are the next steps?

Keep it real. It’s okay to have your head in the clouds—just keep your feet on solid ground, too. After all, the whole point isn’t just to dream, but rather do. So, do yourself a favor: Strive to keep your dreams realistic and attainable. There’s a difference between dreaming and fantasizing. Appreciate the difference and you’ll avoid the frustration of chasing after the latter.

What is a reasonable timeframe to get everything done?
Have I prioritized my goals?
Do my daily choices and actions reflect this?

Celebrate (even small) successes. Let’s be real. No one cares more about your goals and dreams than you do. Act like it. Purpose to be your own cheerleader. Be mindful of the power of a carrot! Consider setting up small rewards for yourself to enjoy along the way. A little positive reinforcement in the right direction can be just the thing to propel you forward even further.

What will motivate me to do what I need to do?
What are small, free (or inexpensive) rewards I give to myself?
What will success look like (so I can know it when I see it)?

Stuff happens. Shift can, too! We screw up. Life throws crap our way. But none of it need rob you of your dream. Make adjustments. Be flexible. Recognize mistakes and failures for what they are: Proof of progress. Whenever stuff happens—whatever it is, remember that shift can happen, too. So, don’t stop. Keep going.

How do mistakes and failures usually make me feel?
How can I intentionally respond differently?
How (exactly) can I choose to shift—rather than completely stop—when things don’t go as planned?

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