Sometimes following your dreams can feel like swimming out into the open ocean! It’s deep, dark, cold, and unknown! There are strong currents to push you off course, the sheer expanse is intimidating, and all kinds of dangers lurk just below the surface to cast doubt and fear in your mind.
Nevertheless, you work up the courage to set out in quest of your dream. Only, you find that after you swim, and swim, and swim, your dream seems no closer than from the shore.
Make no mistake, the passionate pursuit of your dream may be a harrowing journey. What then if it was easy? Would the dream inspire you the same way?
For us, one of our dreams was to start a business together. Something that we could work on together as husband and wife. This blog is one of the first steps for us in realizing this dream.
Here are four tips we have found helpful to us in the pursuit of our dream.
#1 Write it Down
The first step in bringing your dream to life can be as simple as putting it on paper. This could be one line, or a paragraph. The important thing is to get it out of your head and into the tangible.
Once you have written your dream, put it somewhere you will see it every day along with pictures of what your dream will look like and mean to you.
#2 Share Your Dream
We talked about our dream together and with people close to us early and often. This gave us a chance to say out loud what we were dreaming of. How does it sound? Does it make sense?
Sharing our dream with each other and our loved ones also gave us the opportunity to hear words of wisdom and allowed our dream to take shape. We were able to gain more clarity and direction with our dream and establish how to move forward.
Most importantly, sharing our dream allowed others to support and encourage us on our journey.
#3 Make a List
Create some action steps to take that will move you along the path to your dream. Some of what that looked like for us is as follows:
- Decide on a name
- Buy our domain name
- Arrange web hosting
- Install blogging software (WordPress)
- Learn how to use blogging software
- Setup Social Media Profiles
- Develop content
#4 Just. Start.
As important as it is to plan, discuss, and prepare for your dream to become a reality, it is also important to take the first step. Do not wait for the perfect conditions, or for the right time. Chances are that one or another condition may never be perfect and time is the easiest resource to waste.
One day after talking, planning, making lists, talking, talking, talking, and more talking, we said ‘what are we waiting for’ and took the leap. We are so glad we did! We are so excited to see our dream taking shape and to have you along for the ride!
Come on in! The water is warm!
What are some of your dreams? What tips do you have for pursuing your dream?