A Dream Vs. Wishful Thinking–Which Do You Have?

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” “Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.” “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” –Walt Disney

Walt Disney was a master of bringing a dream to life. He was tenacious about taking an invisible idea and working it into material form—cartoons, movies, Disneyland! He knew something critical in making dreams come true: the vision is just the first step.  After that, the vision must get out of one’s head and worked out in the world with committed action.  A dream without action is just wishful thinking.

Alan Watt’s made a wonderful distinction years ago when he said, “The menu is not the meal.” There is the world of concepts and ideas, and there is the world of material experience. Both worlds are really helpful for what they can provide, but we struggle in life when we get these worlds mixed up. It leaves us essentially eating the menu, wondering why life tastes so bland…and why we’re still hungry.

When it comes to a dream, the menu is important. We need to get clear on what it is we’re committed to creating. But this is where many dreams stall. We think it’s enough to just think, to stare at the menu–our vision boards and mission statements–wishing and waiting for the dream to magically appear. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a meal magically appear. Every meal I’ve ever had required that somebody somewhere prepare it. It’s the same for bringing a dream to life. We need to actually get in the kitchen and put our hands to work making the dream come true.  And it’s gonna get pretty messy.

In Straight Line Leadership, Dusan Djukich advises his readers that a dream must be converted from just thinking about it to a project that can actually be worked on. Consider this, if you leave your dream in your head and never convert it into a workable project out in the world, what will happen? What will your life be like in 5 or 10 years if you take no action? Some people consider the long-term impact of their action; few people consider the long-term impact of their inaction. So get present to what life will be like (for yourself as well as others) if you do nothing with that beautiful dream?

What is your dream?  The only time you can ever convert your dream into a project is right now. That’s the good news! Because it’s always right now. What would have you be in action with your dream right now? And don’t fool yourself into thinking you need to have every step mapped out before you can move. Just start. It’s like riding a bike. You learned how to ride a bike by riding a bike. You will learn how to bring your dream to life by being in action of bringing your dream to life. Now go have fun…and don’t mind the mess!

If you missed the earlier post on  Creating A Dream To Wake Up For, you can check it out today.

Be Great!


Becky Henderson
Becky Henderson
I am a catalyst to uncover the blocks and barriers getting in your way of creating the life you desire. Together we can transform the obstacles into opportunities. I listen to what you say…and what you do not say. Similar to a mirror, I show you what you cannot see on your own right now, and tell you what is necessary to create the results you are looking for. I value who you are and where you want to go in life.
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