Ten proven follow-your-dream startup steps.
When I was a little girl, I loved the Cinderella Fairy Tale song that said, “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will have no heartaches, whatever you wish for you keep.”
Eventually I outgrew fairy tales, but not dreams. I believe dreams are essential to help us find and live our intended purpose-filled lives. Our dreams allow us to imagine new possibilities; they can take us anywhere, allow us to do anything in a land of unlimited opportunities.
However following dreams require intentional activity and planning. And somewhere along the way setbacks present themselves. Perhaps setbacks are divinely placed to test our creative problem solving, critical thinking and commitment. Nevertheless setbacks appear to be an integral part of the following your dreams process.
It was during one of my setbacks that I discovered a treasured secret. Pursuit of my dreams became as much about the journey as it did about the destination. I came to appreciate what I learned and did and the people I met along the way. I realized fulfillment of each dream was a result of everything I had done in my life up to that point in time. I came to view IMPOSSIBLE as merely a word to describe the degree of difficulty.
Here are ten follow-your-dream start up steps:
Step One: From a place of worthiness, give yourself permission to dream and set life goals.
Step Two: Remember that you own your life and you have an opportunity to deposit something special while you are here. Use your dreams to create and live your legacy.
Step Three: Once you have the image, the thought or sensation, document your dream. It will feel more real to you.
Step Four: Take inventory of the resources you will need and evaluate the degree of difficulty, Do you have the necessary skill set(s)? Is someone or something else critical to your success?
Step Five: Take responsibility for your dream. Remember, following a dream is a process. A process has steps. Steps move us forward (or backward) and upward (or downward). It’s up to you.
Step Six: Motivate yourself. Congratulate yourself for small wins. Have enough faith after failure to adjust and try again. Don’t let others discourage you.
Step Seven: Be realistic. Ensure that your dream is achievable. There is no point in dreaming of skydiving if you are terrified of heights!
Step Eight: Listen to objections and then if possible, respond with well thought out alternatives. This step is an opportunity to test both your plan and your commitment.
Step Nine: Include others who may be concerned or affected by your dream. You may happily discover additional resources and support.
Step Ten: Trust your heart, you instincts and your feelings and let them guide you.
When you reach your dream destination, consider the road you have traveled and think of what you learned and with whom you connected. Was it worth it?
I invite you to join the conversation. Tell us what steps work for you. This is your place. Like, comment and share your thoughts.Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.