How to Believe in Your Dreams
Where are you in realizing your dreams? I understand how dreams can be overlooked. I mean just consider the word we use, “dreams,” as if they’re not even real. How serious are yours? Are you seeing progress in making them come true or have you assigned them the status of unlikely, improbable, or unrealistic?
Are your “dreams” on the back burner waiting for some other time when circumstances are “better.”
Not giving 100% to what our dreams are calling us to do is totally understandable. We often avoid our dreams, not because they’re not real but because they’re so mysterious, arriving from the unknown and asking us to do the unimaginable. But the experience we call a dream is actually a very important part of human life. The impetus that calls us toward doing or being something different is actually our soul’s deepest desire longing to be realized into the light of day.
Ernest Holmes, in his book, This Thing Called You, says, “The desire you have to be something, to do something is a mental echo in your mind of the Spirit which already exists within you…It is the Spirit in you seeking an avenue of expression through you.” The very fact that you want something is an indicator that a divine imprint was made on your soul to realize that particular desire.
So IMO, you shouldn’t ignore it.
Your desire is real and possible because the Divine has already desired it for you prior to your feeling it. Otherwise, you wouldn’t feel it. Think of it this way, you feel thirsty only because the need for water is built into your system. In that way, you feel the push and pull of a dream because you have divine desire longing to express through you. It is not random, or inconsequential, it is who and what you have come here to be and do.
Believing in your dreams enough to manifest them will take a little extra effort on your part if you’re not already convinced you can rock it to the moon. Here are a few tips to build confidence and believe in the realness of your desire.
Recognize the spiritual element behind your desire.
Call it by its true name: Take your pick…Divine potential, God’s will, the Universal imprint. Honor it by making the pursuit of it a priority in your life. In that way, you’ll be more likely to consistently take some small action every day. You don’t need all the answers upfront when you believe that a spiritual source is backing your efforts. There’s no way it’s going to let you down if you keep taking baby steps. You cannot fail as long as you are in action. You are succeeding at baby steps. Keep moving. Do something. Do anything.
Encourage others to follow their dreams.
If you have children, you have some easy targets for this one. Whenever someone talks about their desire to do something creative and brave, encourage them to take action. In this way, some of the courage mo-jo you’re sharing will bounce back to you. Ask other people about their dreams. Become an advocate for everyone realizing their desire. Temper any twinges of jealousy you might have or fears of not-enoughness and consciously encourage your friends, family, and children to follow their dreams. Having a dreams-do-come-true attitude and seeing other people make progress on theirs will increase the possibility of your own dreams.
Develop an unlimited mindset.
We sometimes get jealous of others going for it. That’s usually because we’re not. We fall into the “life’s unfair” victim mentality which doesn’t serve us at all. There is enough room and enough need for us all to have work to do. Each and every one of us has the capacity to have an impact on the world in some way or some form. Never underestimate the effect you’re already having on those around you. That matters.
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Read about the things you want to do.
Want to travel, follow a few travel blogs and let others inspire you to make small steps in that direction. Want to start a small business? Buy a memoir and immerse yourself in the life of someone who has taken the leap and is doing what you long to do. If no book like this exists, guess what, you might be the first to write about it. Read books that offer you the skills that support what you want to create. Become an expert and those tendencies will influence your thoughts and behaviors. Self-study is a great motivator.
Share your idea with one friend;
Share your dream with someone. Not everyone, just one. In the early stages of building your confidence and courage, I recommend not telling a lot of people. You will find far too many who’ll try to discourage you and keep you in your place. Out of jealousy, some people tend to suppress those who are going for it. You will find these people. But if you keep your eyes open, you will also find one person who is living courageously their dreams. This is the kind of person you can talk to about your desire. Voicing our dreams out loud somehow makes it all seem more real and possible.
Give yourself permission.
We often carry warnings from our childhood days telling us not to spend too much energy daydreaming! Those early warnings were wrong and misguided! Sit yourself down for a good heart to heart. You’re not a child anymore and you can make your own rules. Give yourself permission to follow your heart’s desire. Put it in writing if you have to. Create a mantra or affirmation that allows you to move in action on your dreams. Or you can use one of these.
I give myself permission to follow my dreams and desires.
I allow myself to be all that I can possibly be.
I trust the Universe, God, the Divine, Great Spirit, Allah (whatever name you use) to support the dreams it has given me with all I need to succeed.
Thank you for being on this journey to share our gifts with the world. I support you in becoming the most authentic, beautiful, and unique version of you possible.