Dreaming is important. It is vital and it is crucial. Having a dream can inspire and motivate you. Although having a dream is great, it is only the starting point, and you have to back your dreams up with measurable actions.
The question then is – How do I translate my dreams into measurable actions?
I like to see it as having a bridge that connects measurable actions to your dreams. There are multiple stops on that bridge, and we will explore them in this article.
The first stop on that bridge is to believe. You have to believe in your dreams. You set yourself up for disappointment if you do not believe in your dreams, or in the possibility of it becoming reality. Don’t listen to the voices that tell you it’s impossible, and it cannot be done. The fact that you have a dream, means that there’s a part of you that believes, a part of you is saying YES, or at least MAYBE. The key is to do all that you can to make the YES louder than all the other negative voices.
Believe that you have it in you to figure it out, to give it your all, and make it happen. Leave yourself with no other option, but to believe. Make a decision today that you will nurture your dreams and you will always choose YES, I CAN AND I WILL FIND A WAY over I CAN’T BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW HOW.
YES, I CAN AND I WILL FIND A WAY
The second stop on the bridge connecting your dreams to measurable actions is Imagination. You can never act on what you do not see. You have to create a compelling image of what you believe in your mind. Just like any skill, your imagination can be developed, by exposing yourself to different ideas, concepts, cultures etc.
Once you are able to tap into the power of imagination, you will be amazed at how it can open up to you a whole new world of endless opportunities. If you can’t see it, you likely won’t have it. Since our physical eyes and other senses are limited by our knowledge and experiences, we have to tap into our imaginations, to be able to create something new.
Imagination allows us to explore beyond the constraints of any knowledge into a world where anything is possible.
I believe that every great inventor had to dig deep inside into something that was unseen, in order to create something people may have thought was impossible. Think about all human inventions and think of what it must have been like to dream of those things before they ever existed.
The third stop on the bridge is Planning. There is a popular saying that “if you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail”. Now that you have a dream, you believe in it, and you have imagined it being successful, it’s time to plan towards making it a reality.
The first step in planning is to write down your dream on paper and make sure it is not vague but something concrete. Then think about things you will need to do to achieve your dreams, then start by picking one and make it a goal with a deadline.
Once you have a measurable goal in mind with a deadline, now it’s time to make a plan, by writing down all the steps you will need to take to achieve the goal. Make a schedule that would work for you and put in all the steps that you came up with.
Now it’s time to get to work on that plan. It’s not easy, but if you are going to make your dreams happen, you have to do everything you can to stay on course and stick with the plan. As you progress, you also have to evaluate your goals and action steps to make sure they are still leading you in the right direction, if not you just have to tweak your plan, but never give up on the dream.