I woke up from a dream a few nights ago still felt a longing I was experiencing in my dream. It took me a few minutes to shake it off and realize I was no longer dreaming. I was back in reality but my body hadn’t caught up yet.
Such a strange feeling to come out of a dream and wonder about the source of the dream. Why did I feel that way? Will I ever get the thing I’m longing for? Will I ever feel that way again?
As we all know, we don’t only feel this way when we’re asleep. Many of us walk around with dreams everyday that we haven’t realized simply because we aren’t sure that we can.
I will be the first to admit that dreams are complex. Sometimes the hardest part is trying to understand what the dream even is. Contemplating how, with whom, and where to do it. Figuring out if it’s attainable or not. Wondering if you should share it with other people because they could laugh you to shame or tell you you’re crazy. Or they could ask a thousand questions that make you believe there’s something wrong with you and how you think.
I’ve been that person. The one not to share dreams and thoughts because I’m afraid people would laugh at me or ask me questions I didn’t have the answers to. What I’ve realized is that you have to keep dreaming anyway, because dreaming is the first step to fruition.
It can be tiring to constantly will yourself to dream. Sometimes you fall into a space where you aren’t sure why you’re dreaming. You ask yourself the hard questions. Is it worth my time? Will this dream ever happen? Should I dream or keep to the reality that everyone around me seems to keep living in?
It’s okay to ask yourself those questions. matter of fact, you must ask yourself these questions because they lead you to your next step – as long as you don’t let yourself get stuck there.
If you find yourself stuck in a dream state, there are practical things you can do to make that dream a reality. Yes, it’s possible.
Write the dream down.
We know you’ve heard this before but it is actually one of those cliches that will help you move forward. No matter how silly or grand you think the dream is, writing it down will help you feel better about it. Also, if you find that you have a six part dream, write down all six parts. You can narrow it down later.
Create a plan.
Yes, I know this is a very plain statement for a very complex task but we have some ideas for how to make this happen. First, you need to identify what you might need to get this dream accomplished. Do you need a new laptop? A team? Software? Money? A business plan? Make a list of what you need. Next, prioritize this list by what you have access to. Do you have access to a person who has connections? Do you have money for a laptop? Do you have friends who can be your team? Start there, and go down the list reaching out to people or acquiring what you need one by one – even if it takes you a year.
Dreaming is not a one time thing. You should and must keep dreaming over and over even as you start to see your dreams taking shape. There is always time for refinement. Things may shift and change. You may take two steps forward and one step back. You may do one thing for a period of time and then decide that isn’t what you want. Make time in your life to dream. Give yourself an hour every week to just sit around and imagine. You’ll be surprised what answers you find.