Dreamers don’t make dreams come true, doers do. But, moving from the dreaming to the doing can feel overwhelming.
No one plants a botanical garden in a single day. A gardener creates beds, preps the soil, and then starts seedlings. She waters and nurtures, waters and nurtures, and makes sure her plants get plenty of sunlight. Then she does it all again. The long process seems obvious when I think about nature. Why is it so easy to forget that the same is required for nurturing our dreams?
Dreams don’t come to fruition overnight, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. Successful people nurture their dreams for a decade, sometimes longer. There may be an occasional shoot-to-stardom story, but usually when you trace it back, it merely appears that the hero of that story skyrocketed to the top. Chances are they’ve been quietly cultivating their garden of dreams for some time.
The best way to tend a dream is to make sure it’s a S.M.A.R.T. one:
What’s the next action required? (If it feels too big, break it down into an even smaller step until it’s manageable.)
Do that action.
If you ask yourself that question everyday and S.M.A.R.T.ly act on it, one morning you’ll look up and realize you are standing in a blooming paradise.
Just remember to stop and smell the roses along the way.