Everyone has a dream. Your dream might be small, like a trip you hope to take next year, or it might be a huge dream, like running for political office. Sometimes our dreams are long term, like planning for retirement, and sometimes they aren’t up to us at all, like winning the lottery. Wouldn’t it be nice to win the lottery?
But no matter the kind, everyone dreams, and yet, so few of us are ever able to achieve our deepest desires. We get bogged down by reality, keeping our heads above water, keeping ourselves healthy and sane in such a complicated world. We have children, we collect responsibilities like we used to collect legos and we forget how to achieve our dreams as they get steadily further and further away.
At Meadow Town Dental, we really want you to reach for your dreams, because having a dream, and working hard to make it reality is truly a wonderful thing. With that in mind, here are some great tips for setting goals for your big dream!
Set Your Priority
First things first. It turns out, we don’t often just have one dream. We have several. Sometimes more than we can even count! The secret to achieving your dream is knowing what your priority is. The best way to do this is to select two dreams. First, a completely achievable dream for the short term, like a purchase you hope to make, a trip you hope to go on. Call it a ‘Bucket List Dream.’ Second, pick your biggest, meanest, over the top dream. Want to be President of the United States? An astronaut? Call it your ‘Ultimate.’
Tune in Reality
Before you get caught up thinking we can show you how to become President of another country (which you legally can’t do unless you’re a citizen born in said country), consider what your Ultimate dream really is. Usually you’ll find yourself wanting something because a younger you wanted it, or because you crave a feeling or an action associated with reaching that dream. It’s important to update your dream to who you are now and what you know. There’s no shame in modifying and streamlining your goals. Sometimes, achieving that Ultimate Dream result is as simple as breaking down what you need and simplifying that dream into a five year plan.
Make Your Plan
For your Bucket List Dream, sometimes all you need to achieve it is make the time. You might not have made the time before because you were busy or even a little scared. No judgment, heli-skiing takes some serious courage. What if the only thing standing between you and your dream was, well, you? Making a plan of action, scheduling an activity with a cash deposit or by getting someone else to join you in solidarity can make taking the final step a little easier. Make a plan, then take a leap of faith.
For your Ultimate Dream, this won’t come as easily. Work your way backwards and create steps to cover everything you need to achieve the big goal. Maybe you need to reach a certain fitness level before you climb that mountain, maybe you need a certain amount of money in the bank to circumnavigate the globe by train and boat alone. Whatever it is, there are a certain number of steps to achieve it, and there’s literally nothing standing in your way. It may sound like a cliché, but break down those steps and you’ll find yourself inches away from what you’ve always wanted most.
Live in the Now
Everything above you may know from reading one blog or another, or maybe a teacher or parent instilled similar ideas in your mind. But what about AFTER you’ve made the grand plan. How do you find the strength to follow through on your actions and reach your dreams? The answer it turns out, is simple. Achieving your dreams is actually about letting them go.
It might sound odd, but you can’t spend every waking moment obsessing over the future. Life is for the living, and you’re living in the now, not the past and not the future. Be sure to enjoy it. Relish it. Never forget to appreciate where you are now and the little things that come your way. Failing to do so will turn your dreams into burdens, and we wouldn’t want that, now would we?
That doesn’t mean you lose sight completely, after all what would the point of all this be if you did? The trick is to follow a very simple routine each and every day. Find one opportunity, one action you can take for the You of the now, one action you can take for the You of tomorrow and one action you can take for the You of the future. Following this simple routine will give you 365 actions in a single year, all building towards one, or several Ultimate Dreams.
It is easy to lose sight of the now, in favor of worrying over the future. You may be achieving a wondrous thing, knocking of a Bucket List Dream several times a year while never fully appreciating what you achieved. If you find yourself missing out on the moment, ask yourself why. Make sure you adapt and find a way to accept the success you have, and learn from it. The success you do have will become contagious, catching on and giving you a taste for more. Every small dream you succeed will have the added benefit of making you more confident in the big dream, or it will make the result of that Ultimate Dream less crucial. Either way, you win.
There are a lot of advice blogs like this out there. Too many to count, in fact. Don’t let that stop you from taking the advice though. Be brave, take a risk, give this a try and what’s the worst that could happen?