Having a big dream is exciting. You treasure your dream, make plans on how to get to it, work hard to implement the plans. The dream consumes you.
But when the dream starts to rule your life, you start missing on things: you live in the future, so things happening in today’s world don’t mean anything to you.
That’s why today, I thought it’s about time to balance all this talk about dreams, doing more, and making things happen a bit and make a short trip back in time – from tomorrow back to today.
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
– Greg Anderson
More than anything, this is a reminder to myself not to let my dreams become the only reality – because that would mean losing my life. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination!
Dreams are good
We need dreams to define who we are, and who we want to be.
We need dreams to tell what we value.
We need dreams to give meaning to life.
We need dreams to feel alive.
A person who is not dreaming might just as well be dead.
You only have this day
Tomorrow is not here yet, or as Nora Dunn wrote back in April, there is no tomorrow!
So, what’s left for us?
Today. Right now.
The only moment we can touch, feel, and have an effect on.
Dreams matter today
My big dream is to stay at home to be near my family while making my income from running a successful Internet business.
That’s not going to happen overnight, so I have a choice to make:I can just work hard and spend all my todays thinking about that still far away tomorrow, or I can keep moving towards the goal, but make sure that I’m living according to that dream already today.
The reason why I want to be a stay at home dad is that I love being with my family, so if by chasing my goal I lose the time I could spend with them today, I’m doing something wrong.
This is all about the big picture.
When you understand your destination, you realize that it needs to serve as a reminder of all the things you value on your journey so that you don’t forget them today. Not just as a goal in the distant future but as something that you can already feel today.
That might just be the secret to making your dreams become reality.