Do you remember this:
Happy talk, keep talking, happy talk.
Talk about things you like to do.
You've got to have a dream,
if you don't have a dream,
how you gonna make a dream come true?Depending on your age, you'll either recognise it from Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, or if you're a bit younger you may remember Captain Sensibles version in the 80's or if you're even younger you may recognise it from Dizzy Rascals 'Dream' in the 90's (I must admit this version passed me by, I only found it on Youtube yesterday).
Anyway, enough of that, it just sprung into my mind for the last few lines:
You've got to have a dream, If you don't have a dreamSuch an obvious statement, but it's absolutely true. So many people seem to get stuck in a rut and loose sight of any dreams they may have once had. But, you really do need to have dreams because they give us something to focus on and strive for.
How're you going to make a dream come true?
Some dreams are easily obtainable, some are harder to achieve and other may, at times, seem impossible, but that doesn't stop you striving for them.
When I met my husband, he was full of dreams, many of which seemed very unlikely at the time, but he has now achieved many of them through hard work and determination.
For instance he always wanted his own Garden Centre - 20 years ago (even 5 years ago) this seemed an impossible dream and yet nearly 3 years ago, against the odds, Kingdom Vegetal opened it's gates for the first time!
|Us with our eldest son at the opening of our Garden Centre
Some dreams are more easily attainable - for instance I had an idea for my dream kitchen when we moved into our house 7 years ago. We had so many other things to do (convert 3 holiday apartments, bedrooms and bathrooms for ourselves, manage the land and start up a garden centre from scratch to name a few), so a new kitchen was way down on our list of priorities. Anyway, gradually we chipped away at it and now (with the added help of my lovely family) I have the kitchen of my dreams. OK it's not quite finished, but it's usable and I love it!
There are loads of dreams I have for our house and they feel more achievable now we have the new kitchen. It might take another 10 years (or more) before they're all realised, but if we can just achieve one a year that's good.
Then of course I have bigger dreams - to finish my book and get it published. To make a living from writing - wouldn't that be great, I'd needn't feel guilty about the time it uses then!
So, hold on to you're dreams and if you don't have any, well find some!
What dreams do you have?
You may be interested in the other posts in this series:
Step 30 - The Key to Happiness and Contentment
Step 29 -You are the master of your own destiny
Step 28 - Don't give up on a good relationship
Step 27 - Don't Judge , Live and let live
Step 26 - Don't Worry, by happy
Step 25 - Never give up
Step 24 - Get by with a little help from your friends
Step 23 - Go with the Flow
Step 22 - Enjoy the moment
Step 21 - Love what you do
Step 20 - Forgive and Forget
Step 19 - Unconditional giving
Step 18 - Smile and the world smiles with you
Step 17 - Work to live, don't live to work
Step 16 - Surround yourself with Positive People
Step 15 - Always look on the bright side of life
Step 14 - Where there's a will there's a way
Step 13 - Silence is Golden
Step 12 - Feed your Soul
Step 11 - Follow your Dreams
Step 10 - Use your time wisely
Step 9 - Don't be too hard on yourself
Step 8 - Consider what you value most
Step 7 - Find time for Yourself
Step 6 - Make time for Family and Friends
Step 5 - Don't take yourself too Seriously
Step 4 - Feel the Fear and do it Anyway
Step 3 - Love what you Hate
Step 2 - There's no such word as CAN''T
Step 1 - Find the Best in Every Day