My wife has a dream. She dreams of living on Hollywood Beach (Florida, not California) and rollerblading down the Broadwalk. She told me this dream while we were driving to the airport from our vacation last week.
I’m all for dreams. So I asked her, “What are you doing now to make that dream come true? Are you going to learn how to rollerblade? We can’t move to Hollywood yet, but we can buy you a pair of blades in Dallas and you can learn.”
Her response was, “Nah, I’ll just wait until I live in Hollywood.”
She’s clever, so she knew where I was going with my question. She wouldn’t give me the satisfaction of my rhetorical question. My guess is, you know where I was going with that rhetorical question too.
What are you doing to make your dream come true right now? It’s true, we won’t be able to live in Hollywood, Florida for a few years. But my wife can learn how to rollerblade right now to be ready for that dream’s fulfillment.
So many of us see the ideal situation – our dream – and we see it in totality. It’s all or nothing to us. And the dream seems so far off – so inaccessible. So we don’t even make the small steps toward our dreams. We don’t learn to rollerblade because that seems like such an insignificant part of our dream.
But I’ve found the key to fulfilling life’s dreams lies in doing what you can right now. What elements of your dream can you take action on right now? Can you learn how to rollerblade? You don’t have to wait until your dream’s realized.
You can do something right now about your dream. So when the big picture’s finally realized, it will all feel natural. You prepared yourself for the fulfillment of the dream. You’ll wake up on morning and find yourself owning the Hollywood Broadwalk.
So I ask you, what can you do now?