8 Things That Helped Me Dream Again
“The hardest thing to do is leave your comfort zone. But you have to let go of the life you’re familiar with and take a risk to live the life you dream about.”
When you feel as though you have no dreams, it can be really difficult to start dreaming again. The daily grind of life seems even more exhausting when you feel like you can barely keep your head above water, let alone find time to dream. Sometimes you know you aren’t happy with the way things are but it seems too difficult to change them, so you settle for an unfulfilling life.
I’ve been there too many times to count.
One day I just got sick of that. I no longer wanted to settle. I wanted more.
I sat down and tried to create a dream list. Before I could even put pen to paper, I cried hard, grieving my lost dreams... the ones I used to be excited about never came true, for whatever reason. For a few moments I felt confused and defeated, but then I chose to accept those dreams weren't meant to be and I trusted that God must have something better for me.
To get me on my feet and on the road to my dreams, I did these 8 things:
I prayed for God to reveal the dreams He's laid on my heart, to show me what I've neglected for so long.
I wrote down these categories: Spiritual, Family, Career, Health, Financial, Travel, Lifestyle, and Fun.
I started with the category that seemed easiest for me, trying to shut out insecurity and obstacles that entered my head. I decided to have fun with it!
I reminded myself that no dream is too big or insignificant.
I found myself faced with feelings of depression and sadness that all these dreams aren't my reality, and I felt guilty for the dreams I gave up on. To overcome and keep going, I had to shut down those self-sabotaging thoughts and keep going.
By the time I stopped writing my dreams down, I had so many on my list it was almost overwhelming to know which one to focus on first. It was kind of exciting! I chose one that seemed attainable and I began working on it…
…until I could work on a second dream… and then I repeated!
To keep myself focused, I created a dream book to keep me focused and moving in the right direction. I dove into books, social media sites, and websites focused on inspiration, motivation, and achieving goals. I surrounded myself with uplifting people who supported me and started spending less time with those who didn’t.
And that’s how I did it. Doing these things helped me get to a place where I was confident enough to launch this website. This is evidence of a dream come true.
Today is the BEST day to start dreaming again!
If I can do this, I have no doubts you can, too! If you feel as though you have no dreams left, that's simply not true. You do have dreams; they're just buried deep beneath your daily responsibilities and commitments. All it takes is a little time out of your day to focus on them. Begin setting aside time to work on them, even if all you can handle is 20 minutes at first. Pursuing your dreams is a good habit to create. Before you know it, those dreams become your reality!
I know you can do this. I believe in you! Decide to create your dream list today and put pen to paper. If you find it difficult to motivate yourself, please reach out to me. It would be my honor to encourage you on the road to your dreams!