Did you start out with the dream of creating a writing career and somewhere along the way you just lost it? Maybe life got in the way of your plans. Maybe it took too long. Maybe you haven’t found the genre or style that really fits you. Maybe your world has been turned upside down. Or maybe, since you didn’t see immediate success you went into a downward spiral, gave up and stopped dreaming about it.
Maybe you even stopped dreaming all together. I mean, if your career isn’t growing and giving you financial freedom what’s the point of dreaming about anything else in life, right? It takes money to do all the fun things you thought you’d be doing.
It happens. I’ve forgotten to keep dreaming, too. It’s like this dark cloud settled on me and convinced me that this is as good as it gets. Big dreams are for other people, not for me.
What about you?
When you were a kid, you may have gotten chastised for daydreaming – that pleasant detachment from the rest of the world when you’re captured with visions in your own mind that mirror your hopes and plans for the future. Or you played make believe in the present time.
That’s fine for a kid, but what about you, in the here and now? To some, it may seem like a waste of time, but daydreaming can actually prepare you for future success.
Daydreaming doesn’t have to be a waste of time. Sometimes, when you peek into the future and how you can live your life, you’ll become determined to work harder to achieve that success.
While daydreaming, you might be so distracted that you lose track of what’s going on around you.
Aside from offering entertainment when you’re bored, it can also help you get in touch with your inner-self. Envisioning a future experience may help you make much-needed decisions.
Dreaming can also help get you excited about your goals and plans for the future. With daydreaming, your mind becomes a sort of vision board that self-creates images of how it will look when you succeed.
Dreaming can become an incredible motivating factor when you take action in meeting your goals. You’ll work harder to succeed because you now have a vision about how success can change your life.
Of course, there are times to daydream and times to pay attention to the task at hand. Enjoy the dreaming stage and revisit it often, but don’t forget to work out a plan and then take action. You can’t reach those dreams if they stay only in your head.
Daydreaming might be detrimental if you drift so far off in your dreaming that you forget what you need to be doing. But daydreaming can also turn into one of the most important motivational tools in your plans for success.
When you stop dreaming and let yourself think this is as good as it gets, well this is probably as good as it will get. But also in that process you give up the fight. I’ve come to learn that it’s not really a matter of reaching some ultimate dream. What matters is that you keep fighting and moving forward. The journey is where the magic of life happens, not the destination. If you reach some kind of success, even though it’s not as big as you had planned, that does not make you a failure–unless you give up completely.
Never Give Up!
You may be in a season of wanting to give up, but don’t stay there. This video always gives me the nudge to keep dreaming.
Something in life is always going to happen and get in the way. You can’t prevent that. But what you can do is determine to keep working towards your goals no matter what obstacles life throws at you. Keep dreaming.
And if you’ve given up dreaming already, you can always start dreaming again and reaching for those goals you’ve let go of. It’s okay to start over. It’s okay if you have to start over again and again and again. Just start over. Keeping starting over until you make something happen.
Share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear your story!
All the best,