by Justin Osborne
Contributing Author, Conscious Reminder
Dreams are what we envision for the future, they are everything we hope to achieve and they are what get us through the tough times.
Sadly, there is such a thing as over dreaming, and this can cause a pause in your life rather than the motivation to move forward.
When we spend too much time dreaming, planning and visualizing a grand and perfect project, we open ourselves up to danger. The danger that reality will never quite measure up to what we have dreamed of. Here are how our dreams can prevent us from moving forward.
Waiting for the right time
When you start dreaming about the outcome and success of a project, you want to be able to give that project all the effort and attention it deserves. The more important you feel the project is, the more time and care you want to assign to it, so it has the best chances to reach full potential.
The problem is wanting to give something so much time and effort, causes you to postpone implementation. Always waiting for the right time when all the factors align means that while you wait, you don’t move at all.
To overcome this hurdle, you need to accept that, the right time is not something that arrives but rather something that you create.
Dreams don’t factor in the failure
There is nothing wrong with dreaming big. In fact, it is encouraged in the pursuit of improvement. But dreams need to be followed up with realistic plans that can be implemented in a strategy to achieve those dreams.
The point of plans and strategies is to prepare you for realistic events that may arise once you begin implementation. No one’s dreams include a subheading for failure and how to handle it, and that is why so many dreams never materialize because failure was not prepared for.
Failure is not something you want for your dreams, but without it, you can’t improve. That’s why it is so important to see your dreams with all their flaws included.
Don’t stand still while you pursue perfection because failing with something you see as perfect is worse than failing with something you see as flawed.
The importance of deadlines
When you assign a deadline, you make the process linear but when you keep it creative waiting for the right time, that is when the process begins to spiral.
Learning to meet the deadlines and working as per them begins from an early stage when you are in school. Submitting your work on time in college or school is important so that you learn how it benefits you and prepares you as a better person.
Deadlines are important to motivate progress throughout the process. Being aware that the dream phase is only temporary and then you need to move on to planning, and strategizing and finally implementing.
When you are younger and dreaming of your future, you are able to spiral in the dream phase because you do not yet have the skills to work towards it. Once you are older and you have taken steps to become skilled, you need to be brave enough to set your goals and take steps to achieve it.
Reality isn’t perfect
Go big or go home is a saying that we hear over and over again. So, when we start building our dreams and goals, we set our sights high. This is where you set yourself up for failure because reality cannot compete with your dreams.
We fear failure, we fear imperfection and, in the end, we don’t achieve anything because while our projects are still dreams, we haven’t failed yet.
If you do decide to start implementing a dream, it never gets passed its first round of criticism because you cannot imagine others finding fault in something you have built up to be so perfect. But that is how things move forward. You look at something from one angle and others look at it from another and together you can create a full picture.
Nothing is perfect at first, but with time and effort, it can get very close.
The dream phase is comfortable, and it is where everything is perfect and successful, but it is not real. We need to keep moving forward to improve and to survive so challenge your dreams and turn them into a reality.
Taking criticism and failure with the right mindset will improve your initial dreams instead of halting them in their tracks. It is all up to you to keep moving forward.
About the Author: Justin is a teacher from Leicester, England, UK. When not teaching his little students and rooting for Leicester FC, he loves to share his thoughts and opinions about education, writing and blogging with other people on different blogs and forums. Currently, he is working as an editor at the writing service online assignment help and AssignmentMasters. Follow Justin on Facebook or tweet him @JustinJOsborne.
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