We all have big dreams right?  How often though do they remain simply that though; a pie in the sky idea?  What if it didn’t have to be that way?  What if you committed, today, to making at least one of your dreams come true?  How would life be different for you?  We begin a new series titled “Things to Remember on Your Journey”.  Let’s explore!

#1  Don’t be Afraid to Follow Your Dreams


No one is too busy; it’s simply a matter of priorities!  Rachel Hollis (Girl, Stop Apologizing:  A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals {Girl, Wash Your Face Book 2}) tells us this:

You aren’t going to find the time to pursue your goals; you’re going to to make the time to pursue your goals.  And the first thing you’re going to need to accept is that you are in control of your schedule.  Yes, you, high-level executive.  Yes, you, mama of four.  Yes, you, college student with twenty seven events this week.  Yes, you, entry-level assistant with a demanding boss.  You are in control of your schedule.  In fact, there isn’t one thing in your life or your calendar right now that you didn’t allow to be there.  Let that sink in for a second.  Being over scheduled?  That’s on you.  Not finding the time to feed yourself?  You.  Spending two hours a night watching TV or scrolling Instagram as a way to relax?  Also your choice.”

The first thing to remember on your journey is to prioritize and in doing so, don’t forget to include your dreams.  This means all of your dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem.  We aren’t too busy, broke, lazy or unrealistic:  we simply don’t have our priorities in order.

If you need assistance in time management, check out joyinplanning.com.  One of the tips they provide is to use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix.  When prioritizing, don’t forget the whole to do list; it’s the only way you will make the time!  Things to Remember on Your Journey #1

But, They’re Really Silly

Whoa, hold on there!  Who told you your dreams are silly, unattainable, unrealistic?  Is it your family, friends, coworkers or worse yet, is it you?  Wait just a minute my friends: no dream or goal is silly or ridiculous and no one has the right (especially yourself) to shatter any of them!  At first glance, a dream or goal may seem that way; that you will have to move mountains just to get started.  Perhaps that’s true, but isn’t that the awesome part?  The journey, the seeking of knowledge, resources, funding, etc.  It’s exhausting for sure but also exhilarating, challenging, empowering, and one day–rewarding. And, by the way, you may need some new friends or it may be time for a long chat on supporting people rather than discouraging them, just saying.

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Monumental Climb
(photo credit: Karen Sellers)

Don’t stop believing just because it seems monumental or so far out in left field.  Nothing is impossible; it all depends on how much you want it.  If you want to open a business, you can do so.  Maybe brick and mortar is out of your price range for now, but there are plenty of online/virtual businesses that can be created.  You can offer services such as cleaning, proofreading, virtual assistant, crafting, etc. that will not require a huge space.

Oh, The Places You WILL Go!

Do you want to travel to exotic locations?  Start small and more local.  Build up miles.  Do a lot of research on deals and steals and learn how to travel light and in a less expensive manner.  In no time, you will become a travel pro and with a little money and a lot of ingenuity, you can reach those destinations you’ve been seeking.

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Dreams and Goals
(Photo Credit: dmwalker)

Do you want to run for office?  Bless you as you couldn’t pay me enough to do that job.  You, however, may be perfect for that role and just might be the strong leader our communities, states, federal government or (why not) the world needs right now.  Go big or go home, right?  It’s not silly at all.  Do your research, align yourself with the right people, raise the money, bring about change!


Fear!  What Fear?

Regardless of the origin of the statement, Franklin D. Roosevelt made the following statement in a bold proclamation.  “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”   In other words, we can all accomplish great things if we look at our lists, our priorities and our problems (stumbling blocks, self-created obstacles, etc.) head on rather than by being held back by doubt and fear.

For more on what holds us back, click here.  If you remember from previous posts, we are only born with two innate fears:  loud noises and falling.  Everything else is learned from experience and societal norms.  I don’t see failure, following dreams, achieving goals, arriving at success or living a joy filled life here.  Do you?  So, what are you waiting for?  Don’t let perceived (or real) obstacles stand in your way.  You can find countless YouTube videos, Facebook posts and books from thousands of people who didn’t let fear paralyze them into forgetting about their goals and dreams. Watch, read, learn, do!

Things to Remember on Your Journey

No dream is impossible and you should follow and act upon them before your time on earth is finished.  So today, why not grab that journal or any piece of paper and get started.

  • Write down the dream or goal
  • Prioritize your daily, short-term and long-term tasks
  • Begin research; keep thorough notes
  • Start saving
  • Seek assistance from numerous resources
  • Take a break, but never get discouraged
  • Find your brave
  • Feel the fear; do it anyway
  • Find ways to work around the obstacles; engage a strong support system
  • Journal your progress, your frustrations, your feelings
  • Visualize the end goal (Eyes on the prize, Violet, eyes on the prize!)
  • Create a vision board
  • Revisit your original dream/goal often
  • Don’t let others discourage you
  • Get out of your own head (no negative self-talk, no nasty critiques)
  • Enjoy the journey in fulfilling your dream
  • Celebrate success!

What’s one of your dreams and what are you doing to make it come true?  There’s no time like the present to get started!