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How To Keep Your Dreams Alive

Updated on April 6, 2012
The dream is alive!
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It is a struggle keeping your dreams alive in our modern world. More often than not, as we grow older, the pressures of family and putting food on the table take over, leaving dreams a distant memory. In the past, we would wake up dreaming of things to be, looking forward to the day and planning how to forge ahead to our ultimate prize. But now, we would wake up dreading the day ahead, hoping to just survive and sometimes remembering how it used to be.

Day to day living does take a toll on our dreams, but so long as we remain true to what we want, there is no reason why our dreams have to take a back seat. The following tips and techniques can help keep your dreams alive amid the chaos that is modern day living.

Tell Everybody

Well, perhaps not everybody, but only those who can and will support you. Tell them about your plans, how you are going to achieve them and give yourself a time frame. And you can always ask for feedback as it never hurts to have a second opinion. You can update the more supportive ones from time to time on your progress. In fact, you might just want to rope in one or two who really believes in your dreams as partners who can help and share in your eventual success.

The people that you tell will also hold you accountable. It can be easy to give up when you have only yourself to answer to, but when there are 10 other people, you might just decide to make that extra effort which could be the difference between success and failure.

Remember to steer well clear of negative people who are only good at putting other people down. They will give you a thousand and one reasons why there is no way you can achieve your dreams, and will probably even ask you why you have dreams in the first place, as dreams never do come true.

One Step At A Time

Dreams don't come easy, which is why they are called dreams. You are going to have to suck it up and take it like a man, so to speak. There will be days in which the obstacles seem insurmountable, days when it will be so easy to just give it all up.

One good way to keep going is to break your dreams into smaller and more achievable dreams or steps. For example, if you want to climb Mount Everest, and you have never even set foot on top of a mountain, then you can try to set an intermediate goal of conquering the highest peak in your country or region first, and then slowly build up to the ultimate prize of standing at the top of the world.

Live And Breathe Your Dreams

In science, we learn that water finds its own level. Even the mighty lightning bolt takes the path of least resistance. As human beings, we do have a tendency to look for the easy way out. When faced with the choice of a night out with the boys, or searching the web for more information on mountain climbing techniques, most of us would choose the night out. But all too often, the nights out will become the norm and the research, and the dream, will be all but forgotten.

But, if you associate yourself with people who share your dreams, constantly do things that takes you closer to your dreams and surround yourself with things that remind yourself of your dreams, you might just be able to forego the attraction of the night out.

Taking the previous Mount Everest example, you can have Mount Everest wallpaper on your computer, and join the local mountain climbing club, and maybe read up on the life of Edmund Hillary. The idea is, as stated in the subtitle, to live and breathe your dream.


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      David Lim 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Pensive_writer! :)

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      Pensive_writer 6 years ago from Australia

      Live And Breathe Your Dreams is the perfect term I say. Amazing article!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks quicksand! :)

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Great post, Wandererh. :)

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, ultimatepotential! :)

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      ultimatepotential 7 years ago from India

      My pleasure :-)

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      ultimatepotential - Thanks! Always glad to meet a dreamer. :)

      anglnwu - Nice to see you again. So long as you are moving towards your dreams, don't matter how you do it. :)

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      I like the taking baby step concept--attaining your dream by edging towards it, slow and steady. thanks for sharing.

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      ultimatepotential 7 years ago from India

      I agree with you on this...Thanks for sharing this here!

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Surabhi Kaura. If a dream is worth dreaming, then it is worth living and breathing it. :)

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      Surabhi Kaura 7 years ago

      I must say it was worth reading this article. Truely, well stated and nicely written. I like the heading 'Live and breathe your dreams.' Well done!