Revive Your Forgotten Hopes & Dreams

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Did you have a dream once? You know, hopes and aspirations. Something you really wanted to do. A goal. What happened to that dream? Did you accomplish it or did it end up in a lost in a corner of your mind collecting dust?

We all have hopes and dreams of things we’d like to accomplish. For some it’s traveling to an exotic destination, for others it’s writing a book or running a marathon. Your dream could be related to a hobby or perhaps be about your career. The sky’s the limit!

But…then there’s life. The everyday. It tends to get in the way of our dreams. We can end up just doing the “cycle” of life. Wake up. Eat. Go to work. Eat. Come home. Eat. Maybe have a few hours of downtime. Sleep. Repeat day in and day out.

Our routine becomes the norm and slowly our dream starts to fade into a distant memory. What was once a desire is now forgotten or feels impossible to accomplish.

Today I want to help you revive your dream!

I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to feel the everyday of life take over and feel like you’re going through the motions. But I also know the joy of accomplishing a goal.

What’s your dream?

Everyone has a dream somewhere inside them. I encourage you to dig deep and think about something you once desired. It might be from a few years ago or it could be something from your childhood.

Once you’ve got the dream in mind, mull it over. How does it feel now? Does it still resonate with you? Is it still something you want to achieve?

If so, awesome!! You are one step closer to realizing this goal.

That’s the easy part. The next part is a little more tricky. Acting on the dream. If you haven’t already done it then something’s obviously gotten in the way. It’s time to ask yourself:

What needs to happen in order to make this dream come true?”

What needs to change? What do you need to add and/or remove from your life?

For example, if you’ve always wanted to travel to an exotic destination you’re going to need some money. Something that might need to change is an increase in savings. You may need to purposely set aside money in a special account. This may mean less spending. Here’s where you make a choice about what’s a priority. Accomplishing your goal will most likely result in some sacrifice, but trust me, it’s worth it!

Once you’ve identified the changes you need to make, then it’s time to act on them. If it helps, tell your spouse or a friend and have them hold you accountable. Or maybe find others who have a similar goal (ie. running a marathon) and work towards it with them.

Don’t be afraid of failure

It’s totally normal to not want to even try to realize your dream because you are scared to fail. But you have to put that fear behind you. Personally, I only view failure as giving up. As long as you are working towards your goal, bumps in the road are just setbacks, not failure. You have to persevere and move past them.

In the spirit of sharing, I’m letting you know that one of my dreams is to compete in a salsa dance competition. What am I doing about it? I’m starting dance lessons this weekend. I’m going to buy dance shoes so I can start on the right foot (pun intended). I’m committed to moving through levels in lessons and practicing. I anticipate it taking a few years to get where I want to be, but I plan on enjoying the journey along the way.

What about you? I’d love to hear some of your dreams so I can help encourage you. If you are comfortable, share in the comments! If not, that’s ok. I hope you have been encouraged and inspired to reawaken a dream within you and take action to see it fulfilled.

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Lydia Di Francesco is the Founder of Fit & Healthy 365 and Creator of the 15 Minute Workout Club, an online workout membership site. As a Certified Personal Trainer, Lydia educates clients and the public that healthy living doesn’t need to be complicated. She promotes simple, fun, exercise, self-care, and creating a healthy mindset with a long-term approach to wellness.

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