Dare to Dream
Sure you can remember as a kid those dreams you had of how it would be when you grew up? Those things seem silly now, but somehow during adulthood, we managed to lose sight of what it was like to dream. Today it is interesting to consider why you should dare to dream again.
When you dare to dream big, you are taking a very active role in your life. You are being present and allowing yourself to experience things as they unfold. As you make a conscious effort to set goals and achieve them, you are going to have the ultimate life experience.
How then do we describe dreams?
A dream, simply speaking can be described as a series of images, thoughts, desires, or emotions that pass through your mind. It’s a wonderful thing you can create in your imagination, most often related to your future. It’s something you wish, and hope to achieve someday. Sounds very simple but interesting right? Now, we need to dive deep.
How do you dare to dreams?
As you begin to dare to dream think about your goals. Do a brainstorming session and write down every conceivable possibility of something you might want to do, accomplish, or be. Don’t edit your thoughts, be as raw as possible. Don’t try to be realistic; it’s only a dream anyway.
There are practical steps you can take as you dare to dream again. Below are just a few.
- Set specific goals
Set specific targets or goals and write them down. As you look over what you wrote, what sticks out to you? What goals resonate with the direction you want to go? Focus on those.
Once that is sorted, you must incorporate habits to help get you there.
It’s helpful to include accountability and a review process too. Don’t forget to choose goals that you feel are meaningful and important to you. You’ll be more likely to succeed in things that you care about deeply.
“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”-Denis Waitley
2. Examine your thoughts and personal habits
What exactly do you tell yourself? Do they limit you or motivate you? We all have things we believe about ourselves either from what other people have told us or from life experiences. Please note this; never let your past experiences determine your future.
Those messages can become self-limiting beliefs that keep us from dreaming. Think outside your circumstances and situation and imagine what could be.
Don’t be a pessimist in nature and if you are, it can be addressed.
3. Define success
Your dreams don’t have to look like anyone else’s. You get to define what success looks like in your life. You have to own up to yourself.
It doesn’t have to mean a lot of money or fancy things. Your goals could be to simply be the best version of yourself and be contented with what life has to offer.
4. Stop settling
In life we often accept things being the way they are simply because that is how they are right now. We settle for less than ideal and sometimes get stuck there. There is a popular saying “Que sera sera” (what will be, will be), do not let this define you. Such a mentality can make you accept situations you should be fighting against.
Change takes effort. You have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone when you dare to dream. But no one ever settled for a great life. It isn’t something that just happens.
5. Don’t give up
Always have a mind of consistency, do not allow failures to define your future. As you dream and make changes, you will face opposition. Most good things in life don’t come without their difficulties.
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. “ –Aristotle
The process can be a test of perseverance. Giving up is common especially with things get hard. Refuse to be common. You’ve got to want what is on the other side of the challenges more than you want to be comfortable.
Biblical views on Dreams
Amazingly, in the bible, it is well proven that God often speaks through dreams and visions. God still speaks in this powerful and creative way today!
God uses our dreams and visions to bring instruction. God not only opens our ears but also seals instruction through our dreams so that we are notified of our faults, counseled in the wrong direction, and given instruction on the best ways to move forward from these circumstances. The Bible tells us, “He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings” (Job 33:16).
The Bible also tells us, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28). God actively speaks to us through them and these can have scriptural meaning.
Conclusively, our dreams are not to be taken for granted. Dreams will lead us to the future. They are what give us life, they help us succeed in life, and they let our minds roam and soar higher in the human imagination. Dreams are our guide all we need to do is follow. Work on these nuggets and apply them to your life and follow your dreams.