Here’s another closer look at the personal development point behind one of my quote images…
The bridge between your dreams and reality is action.
I took that picture at Aylesford, Kent, here in the south east corner of Britain. It’s a nice ‘picture postcard’, ‘chocolate box’ type photo, notwithstanding the fact that you have to stand on another bridge along the river, on a busy dual carriageway, to take it!
I was expecting to get tooted by a couple of cars, but I wasn’t, and even I had been , I would have laughed, because I was taking action to get something done.
It’s probably a stretch to say that taking that photo was a ‘dream’ of mine, but let’s take a look at the words I put over the top of the image…
Your reality is on one side of the river, your dreams are on the other. There’s a gap between the two, so what will make that gap disappear?
Will it disappear by wishing it away? Will it disappear by ‘visualising’ the dream into reality? Will it disappear by blaming others for it not being your reality?
No, no, and, er, no!
Before I delve into why so many people go with those 3 plans, and then aren’t happy with the results(!), let’s look at a 4th plan, and it’s one of what I call the 4 magic words beginning with ‘A’…
It’s action that will bridge that gap between dreams and reality. It always has been, and it always will be.
I must say right here, that action is not a *guarantee* of the dream coming true. That might seem odd to hear that from a life coach, but the fact is that there are no guarantees, and it’s a disservice to suggest otherwise.
However, any dream that does come true *will* have action at the base of why it came true.
It’s also worth saying that even if the action doesn’t see the dream coming true, you will never find yourself looking back and wondering ‘what if’ or ‘I wish I had’, which are things right up at the top of regrets listed by people towards the end of their life.
It could be that you’re in the camp that hope one of the first 3 plans I mentioned work, that one of them will make your dream happen without action – wishing it to be so, visualising it to be so, or blaming others.
People find it easier to go with these choices, because they are either worried about taking action, or they don’t know where to begin with which action to take first.
The fear of taking action is a mindset one, and that can be dealt with (in fact one of the most effective ways of dealing with this is to go ahead and *take* the action!)
The visualising sound great. Reading self help authors, or watching videos can lead people to believe that visualising has some sort of magic secret which will spring your dreams into reality.
Nope, it won’t.
Visualising is *part* of the goal achievement process, and an important part, but it won’t amount to a hill of beans unless it’s accompanied by action.
Blaming others? Well, that’s just an easy way to pass the buck of responsibility onto others, instead of taking it ourselves. It’s not the answer, not by a long shot.
So, here’s a quick run down of what to get in place if you’re not sure what action to take…
– Define your dream, as specifically as you can. Then more specifically. Then more specifically again, you get the idea.
– Yes, visualising. Visualise what it will feel like to have got there.
– Then you need to look at people who have been there before. Work out what they did, and how they did it. If you need to ask for help for others, then go ahead and ask.
– Once you work out the next step you need to take, once you have this road map in front of you, then it’s down to you to take the action.
It’s your choice, whether you act or not here. If you make the same choices as previously, you’ll get the same results. If you want different results, then it needs different choices, so now it’s time to choose to take action.
Treat it as an adventure, look forward to the end goal, yes, but look forward to seeing what happens when you take the first action. It really can bridge the gap. It really can move your dreams into reality. It really can change your life, it can *transform* it!
Ok, I’d love to hear what you think – do leave a comment
‘Til Next Time,
Health & happiness,
P.S.If you’d like to do something about bridging that gap between you and your goals, do get my free video series covering my 8 Step Goal Achievement Formula!