“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop” – Confucius The enemy waits and listens for your desperation. When you are at the end of your rope and can no longer see or feel what hope looks like, the enemy of your soul pounces on your confidence, shreds […]
“Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up” – Rachel Corrie
Sometimes your dreams can get off track because of the constant fires that flare up. When this happens, your dreams get put on the back burner while you tend to the more immediate issues in your life.
Before you know it, your life is passing by and all of your dreams are still simmering on that back burner, with some out of reach because time has pushed them far away.
But beginning today it’s time to get your dreams back on track so you can experience that satisfying feeling that comes from accomplishing something you have worked hard to do. If you are ready, here are seven ways to get your dreams back on track.
1. Acknowledge your dream is stuck. Recognize you have not made any progress in fulfilling your dreams. Don’t make excuses or come up with reasons why it can’t happen. Acknowledge it and prepare to make it happen no matter what the hurdles are.
2. Sit down and think about what you need to do to fulfill your dreams. Start with one small step and make a real effort to get it done. By breathing new life into your dreams, you will feel invigorated and you will find the motivation to make them come true.
3. Ask for help. You don’t have to do it all on your own. If your dream is to get in shape or hike a trail, ask a friend or your spouse to walk with you. You can motivate each other. Fulfilling a dream with someone you care about makes them that much sweeter. A helper will hold you accountable and encourage you to reach your goals.
4. Write your dreams down and read them everyday. You need to reaffirm your dreams in order to keep them alive. Don’t let them sit on that back burner and cool off until you put them out of your mind altogether.
5. If your dreams have changed overtime, that is okay. You may no longer be interested in bungee jumping or sky diving. Allow yourself to make a wish list and come up with new dreams that suit the new, more mature you. It’s important you always have dreams. You need something to look forward to every day.
6. Revamp your youthful dreams to include your loved ones to make them a little more appealing. If you have dreamed of traveling to a foreign country since you were a child, incorporate your spouse and/or children into that dream to make them more appealing. Often times, dreams get pushed to the side because they are not in line with your life today. Tweak them so you can fulfill your dream while sharing the experience with those closest to you.
7. Don’t allow the guilt and what-ifs to weigh you down when you think about the dreams you haven’t attained. Dwelling on the past isn’t going to make your dreams come true. Instead of focusing on why you haven’t accomplished your goals, make an effort to move forward.
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