Nurturing Your Active Dreams

What is a dream?

It’s an interesting question, because there are two definitions: the first refers to a semi-conscious state we achieve (hopefully) during sleep each night. The second refers to something more active; something that’s rooted in mindful thought, combined with hope and intent and perseverance.

For example, one could say they had a dream about starting their own business and mean that they literally dreamt of a business startup during sleep, but it’s not what they actually want.

Someone else could utter the exact same sentence and mean that it’s been their absolute life’s need and want and hope to open their own business, and that they are actively working on what it takes to get there.

Two different meanings when we talk about dreams—we want to discuss active dreaming: the second kind of dream.

How does one nurture their active dreams? We have a few ideas:

Purposeful Guidance

We don’t mean guidance from another; we’re talking about literally guiding your dream to fruition, like raising a child. No one will do it better than you, so trust yourself to know that you have the power to create the currently intangible.

We all have the ability to take an idea and turn it into reality!

Unwavering Hope

Hope is requirement when it comes to dreams. You must believe in the possibility of success–to have faith that if you work hard enough to achieve your dreams, that the universe will eventually provide because it has to. Because you’re forcing your dreams in the direction of creation, and never giving up.

Lack of hope breeds negativity, and negatively will suffocate your dreams faster than anything else. You must remain positive in knowing that you’re capable.

Hard Work

You gotta work at those dreams!

Arduous work and a lot of elbow grease is what gets the job done, and those who are willing to put in the time and effort and keep going despite everything will be more successful in bringing their active dreams to reality.

Good things generally take time to develop.

Unparalleled Perseverance

(Otherwise known as resiliency and grit.)

Perseverance is the singular difference between those who strive for more and want something really bad, and those who manage to actually attain it. The ability to let setbacks roll off their shoulders and view minute failures as stepping stones is key to dream nurturing.

But there’s more.

Possessing the ability to focus on a long-term outcome and create a life that’s conducive to its success is a major game-changer when it comes to achieving dreams.

Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth speaks on the importance of grit (perseverance) in relation to lifelong success in achieving one’s dreams; you can view her TED Talk below.

So what’s holding you back? What’s propelling you ahead?

Identifying what motivates and inspires you to keep moving forward with your dreams is a great way to not lose sight of the end game: those dreams becoming reality. Need some inspiration? Join us on May 6th to talk more about dreams and how people achieve them.

Your tomorrow starts TODAY.