Take the first step
Even if you don’t see the entire picture, even if you’re not exactly sure how you’ll realise it, you do need to take a first, little step in the direction of your dream! Don’t hesitate to take action and don’t wait until you are “perfect”, you’ll end up never believing you’re good enough. Procrastination and a lack of self-esteem will keep you from moving forward. The trick is to hop on the first step of the ladder, even if you don’t see where it leads to yet. Climb towards the top of the mountain and trust in yourself! You’re the only one who can take that first step, no one else can do it for you!
Put your dream high and protect it!
It’s easy to lose faith, feel discouraged and put your idea aside. When I came home from my world trip and enthusiastically Googled “yoga holidays”, I thought I was crazy dreaming of organising yet another one of those famous retreats! There seemed to be more than enough fish in the yogi sea, I was afraid of jumping in the water myself. But then I realised: there is plenty and even more of everything! If I really want to do something and I am passionate about it, I will make the difference!
So, how high do you put your dream? How easily do you let people steal it from you? How much do you protect and feed your ideal? If you put your dream higher than your obstacles, then – even if you have what seems like an insurmountable amount of hindrances – you’ll still see your ambition towering over it. Stack your dream high, very high, so you’ll be able to overlook your internal and external obstacles. Plant little seeds of that dream in your heart, water them, give them attention, take care of them and, surely, they will grow. Dream big and a wonderful reality will come your way!
Visualize your dream, have a positive attitude
I’m fond of using visualizations in my yoga practice. If you can see yourself doing a pose, then there’s a beautiful chance you will do it! If you tell yourself, “I cannot do this”, then there’s no way you ever will. The same goes in real life, so create a positive attitude towards your dream!
Visualize your dream daily, imagine what your life will look like in a couple of years. You can let your creativity and imagination flow in the making of a dreamboard. Create a collage of nice images that inspire you and will enhance your visualization practice.
Dare to fall, have patience and enjoy the process
When realising your dream, you need to be persistent and believe in yourself; you need to overcome your fears, but most importantly, you need to dare to make mistakes. If you’re afraid of falling, it will limit you to walk further down the road and witness the amazing sights hiding behind the corner. Be prepared to make mistakes and see what you can learn from them and how you can grow. Find the courage to stand up again each time you fall.
You’ll need to be patient and, most of all: enjoy the process without getting too attached to the result! Know that in every situation, you are exactly where you need to be!
Surround yourself with positive people and find your inspiration
Make sure you find people who inspire you and support you in manifesting your dreams. Some people will, unconsciously, want to keep you where you are. They won’t want you to change and this will keep you from growing. They’re not aware of this, but they’re projecting their own fears on you.
Find people who you want to follow, whose way of life inspires you, who you admire for what they do, how they earn money, … Get inspired.