Do you have any dreams?
It doesn’t matter how large or small they are or how impossible they feel, it’s possible to start moving them from a distant ‘pipe dream’ into achievable reality!
It’s great to dream big, but sometimes this holds the dream in our mind as being ‘impossible’ to achieve. However, no matter how large or small your dream is, it’s possible to create a plan that turns your dream into an achievable reality.
As many of you may already know, I’m a great believer in The Law of Attraction and you can read about some of the successes I’ve achieved here: How Vision Boarding Has Once Again Worked It’s Magic….
It’s also possible to empower yourself to start achieving your dreams. By starting to take positive action toward your dreams, you’ll raise your positive vibration and the Universe is likely to present opportunities to help you achieve your dream.
When you start making a Dream Plan and recognise some of the steps you need to take to achieve your dream, you’ll begin to notice some of the opportunities that arise, that had you not increased your clarity, may simply have gone past unnoticed. The planning process also helps you to recognise that you may have to learn a new skill in order to achieve your dream and you can start to take some of the steps you need to take yourself to maximise the possibility of allowing your dream to come true!
You can start your journey toward your dream by being clear about what your dream is and then chunking it down and taking one Action Step at a time.
No matter how small the steps are that you take each day, it’s better than taking no step at all.
Step 1: Write it down
Write down a clear summary of what your dream is. Be clear about exactly what your dream is and always write it as though it’s starting to happen now.
Did you know that writing something down stimulates the reticular activating system (RAS) in the brain? This is a group of cells that provide a filter in the brain and enables you to give more attention to whatever you want to focus on. So, writing something down enables your brain to process the information and keep it at the forefront of your mind, rather than it drifting off into some far away corner and feeling like it’s somewhere in the distance and never to be achieved.
Writing it down, therefore, helps you to start giving more focused attention to your dream.
Step 2: Write down some of the Actions that you will need to take to achieve your dream.
So for example, if you have a dream of becoming a published author, you may want to decide what type of book you want to write i.e. self-help, fiction, biography – would it be an e-book and would there be a printed version etc.
Making the decision about the type of book you want to write would be one of the first Actions for you. Other achievable actions to write down may be:
- What is the title of your book? (It doesn’t matter if you decide to change it later – writing it down now still helps to make it feel ‘real’)
- What do you need to research?
- Write the introduction
- Create a summary of what you want your book to include or a storyline.
- Add time into your diary each day/week and allocate it as a ‘book writing’ slot.
Once you start to record some achievable actions, you start to move your ‘Dream’ into reality.
What are some achievable actions that you could take to achieve your dream? Write them down.
Step 3: What Might Block You?
If you consider up-front what some of the barriers to you achieving your dream may be, you can start to put your brain into problem-solving mode. Think about what some of the barriers to you achieving your dream may be and write them down.
Now ask yourself: “How can I overcome this?”
Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything you can do straight away. Simply asking yourself this question puts your subconscious mind to work and it will start to look for solutions. You’ll find that at some point over the next few days, you’ll start to get some ideas about what you could do popping into your head. When they do, write them down. You may get several possible solutions and once you’ve written them down, you’re giving yourself options. If one solution doesn’t feel right or doesn’t work then you’ve got some alternatives to try.
Step 4: Take the Second Action Step
Consider the list of Actions you’ve written down (writing them down was your first step to moving your dream into reality) and now decide which of these actions you could do today and…
“Just Do It!!”
Step 5: What have you learned?
Take a few minutes at the end of the day to consider what you’ve learned from your experience of turning your dream into a reality so far. What have you learned that will help you when you take your next step?
Maybe you’ve learned that taking one small step at a time is leading you in the direction of your dream, or, maybe you’ve realised that there are skills you need to learn/practice to enable you to achieve your dream. If so, what are they? How can you achieve this? What do you need to do?
Write down your learning lessons as these will help to look back on if you start to lose momentum or you start taking action toward another dream.
Step 6: What’s gone well?
Think about what’s gone well for you and write them down. Spending a bit of time focussing on the positive things that have occurred along your journey and writing them down, is a great way to record how you are progressing and giving yourself a real confidence boost. We often hold ourselves back from achieving our dreams because we fear that we’ll make a fool of ourselves or that we aren’t ‘good enough’. Writing down what’s gone well so far, starts to build our inner confidence and belief that we are ‘good enough’.
Maybe it’s as simple as writing down the ‘dream’ has made it feel achievable or perhaps you’ve learned something about yourself and you’ve realised you have skills or strengths that you’d forgotten about.
There is always something that will have gone well but we often spend our time focussing on what’s not gone well and start to focus our attention on these aspects of our journey. Focussing time and attention on what’s gone well, gives us the boost we need to continue.
Step 7: Sign Up to Brilliance Within’s Blog and get your free copy of the Life Audit
If you’re struggling to achieve your dreams, completing the Life Audit will help you identify some of your Values and Beliefs that may be holding you back and start to work through what you need to do to change those beliefs, which will open you up to new possibilities and help to create the momentum and motivation you need to move forward.
Step 8: Print off the Dream Planner Worksheet
To help you start focussing on your dream and the actions you can take, I’ve put together a Dream Planner worksheet. If you complete this daily or weekly, you’ll really start to turn your dreams from a distant pipe dream that may or may not ever happen, into a reality that you’ve already started to achieve. You can access the FREE Dream Planner Printable PDF here:
Dream Planner final print version
I believe you can – I’d love to hear if you have any extra tips on how you’ve achieved some of your dreams. Please share your tips and leave a comment below. Who knows how that simple action might help one of us achieve our dream!
Love your posts Wendy and I’ve missed them. So great to hear from you again. You never fail to inspire me and give me that boost when I need it and this post is no exception. You’ve been on my mind lately with the intention of emailing you, time just seems to tick away. Big hugs xo
Aww thanks Miri and vice versa – I was going to try and email this morning and then time passed me by… I’ve been busy catching up with work since we got back from Italy but I’m on the better side of it now. It was lovely to see your published post this morning… Fab! Great to be back and connected with my lovely friend.. xxx
Sounds like we’re on the same wavelength anyway. We’ll get there eventually won’t be? Life is busy but happily so and when the time is right we’ll have an even longer catch up. Till then, big hugs dear friend xx 🙂
Absolutely Miri… and how lucky we are – good friends who are very clearly on the same wave length – what could be better! Big hugs returned with a smile and much love xx
Muah 😘 xx
I know – I’ve got used to the sun but to be fair, the flowers are loving that rain! xx
I bet they are. We had a massive storm today, rain, hail and wind and then it just cleared to sunshine. And cold!! So crazy. xx
Brrrr. … I’m feeling the chill… xx
😁 The water feels lovely after the first couple of minutes. 😉
Oooo how lovely! Just shows how hardy you are though! xx
I am doing good now although last year was very tough. The sun has given me a great boost and being able to swim in the sea is terrific. X
I simply can’t begin to imagine how tough Brigid…. I can’t imagine that the sea is very warm even with the spell of sunshine but I’m glad it’s invigorating for you! Big Hugs xxx
Thank you Wendy. You always write so well and inspire your followers. I hope life is good for you. X
Oh how lovely – thanks Brigid! Life is busy and good. I’m struggling to keep on top of the blogging at the moment so it’s lovely to receive such great feedback from you which is very much appreciated and a much needed boost! Thank you!! I hope you’re ok too – I was thinking about you while we were on holiday – I re-read your book on my new kindle (I sat on my old one and broke the screen) and was wondering about how you’re doing – I know it can’t have been an easy year… Much love xx
You are amazing, Wendy. I so acknowledge you for stepping forward, sharing your wisdom, and embracing life and US! Lots of love to your work. 🙂 Good to reconnect. Blessings, and love.
Aww – thank you so much Debbie. I always feel such a wonderful energy from our connection – THANK YOU for being you!! Much love and have a wonderful week xxx
It’s always such a treat to find a post from you and you never disappoint. I need say nothing more because you have said it all so beautifully xx
Thank you so much for your lovely comment. What a great way to start my week! Enjoy a wonderful week yourself too xxx
Wendy, great post and tips. Very thorough as always.
We are in sync today, I did a post on producitvity. Not as detailed as yours..
Hope life is treating you well
Thanks so much Bella. Life is busy and good although I have to say I’ve been struggling to keep up with blogging due to work and am hoping to have a bit more opportunity to get back on track over the next couple of months. I’ll pop across and check out your post too. How’s things with you and your mum and work? xxx
Well it is good to hear that your work as self employed is working out , that is brillant. To work and blog is tough. Mum is good. Work is good. How are you? And family? Your granddaughter etc ?
Oh good Bella – I’m so glad your mum’s ok too. Yes it’s working well doing the Consultancy/audit work thank goodness! I’m well and Jen my daughter in law has just gone back to work – she’s doing shifts and I’m helping out when I’m working from home with the school pick up etc. It’s never easy going back to work so I’m happy to be able to help and it’s lucky we live so close which makes it easier. xx
That is good news all roynd . Glad jen is well. It is very impressive that you have made it with your business.. well done. That cant be easy.
Thanks Bella.. It’s definitely much better for my health than working where I was previously!! Thank you and very much appreciated.. xx
Very happy for you. Hugs
Thanks Bella – hugs returned xx
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Aww – thanks Bella – Very much appreciated xx