“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Do you have a dream?
Consider it both a privilege and a blessing, even if a fulfilling a dream can be challenging. Many people out there don’t even have dreams they’re dying to make into a reality. I actually never stopped to think twice about this, but I do know that I have a thirst for creativity, for innovation, for something unconventional. Yet, I still have the fears of uncertainty and failure. What can I say? Achieving a dream is quite a battlefield, but worth fighting for. The truth is, fulfilling a dream is a life-long process — it even evolves. It isn’t an overnight thing and it requires creativity, hard work, patience and learning more about yourself along the way. Many people are content with having a 9-5 job for the rest of their lives, where they work for other people and have a stable network. Others in reverse love to be their own boss, be more risky and start their own business.
Whatever your goal is, keep it in front of your eyes every day and nourish it to be alive.
If you have a dream that you’re dying to turn into a reality, here are some ways that encourage you to do so…
Have multiple interests that revolve around a dream.
I actually only recently discovered the true importance of this. It’s extremely crippling to only have one narrow dream that may be too limiting. By having multiple interests and goals in life, you can play around with them and see how they can intertwine to help you realize your dream. Three years ago I dreamed of studying abroad and getting a Double Master degree. Then I started working instead and therefore did not pursue a Master degree straight away. Now as I got offered a place in London I am not sure anymore…
Is this what I really wanted? The rollercoaster of emotions have definitely made me question my dream and existence, especially this first month of 2017… I discovered that it’s not only Fashion that interests me but there are so many different things I do and love… And what I realized that with the growing uncertainty I feel less and less the urge to move away from the steady and safe Swiss Country. As I continue this journey called life, I hope to meet more of my fueling passions that I can incorporate into my dream on a larger scale, and ultimately, career.
Keep an open mind.
Be willing to meet new people and try new things. You just never know what will come of them, and how they’ll help you become one step closer to achieving your dream.
Don’t give up.
They say that if you don’t give up, you’re already half way there. It can be extremely hard to not give up, which is why so many people end up giving up when they feel weak or doubtful of their path. The few that stick it through are the ones who make it.
The uncertainty will make you stronger.
Life, in general, whether you have dreams or not, is filled with uncertainty anyway. So why not take the long shot and dream big? The earlier you realize your dream and start working toward it, the closer you will be to discovering finding inner bliss.
Dreams give meaning to life.
A dream gives reason to look forward to the next day, to work harder, to smile, to always strive for more. It takes courage… lots of it, and coming out of your comfort zone.Despite how I hate getting out of my comfort zone, I know that the most exciting things in life happen there!
I struggle with this very often, despite how much I wish I could say I am a master at it. Some days, I feel stuck, overwhelmed, and uninspired, while other days I’m doubtful of the life path I’ve carved for myself. The reality is, though, if your dreams are big, you’re already half way there. to get there. And your priorities will be different than those taking a conventional path.
Dreams can morph with time.
What I thought was my dream study two years ago, for example, has completely evolved into something new — something more attainable and “practical,” but just as satisfying to me as the budding dream I had before. Just this little milestone of mine makes me feel like I’ve discovered a new side to me, and has given me a little restored faith in myself that things will work out in the end. Today, I don’t know how or what my dream will morph into, but I do know that fulfilling it is a life-long process, and it’s what will keep me going everyday. In order for my dream to grow, I have to embrace everyday’s accomplishments and challenges.
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”― Og Mandino
“Joy of harvest belongs only to those who endure the pain of sowing.”― Sunday Adelaja