Your dreams are the life source for your goals.
Without a dream, vision or a goal insight, we lose perspective and passion. It is imperative that we keep ourselves focused and guide our actions along the path to ‘making things happen.’ Too often, we can get side-tracked by our present circumstance, forgetting the dreams that we once held close to our heart.
Many of the great innovations what we enjoy today were built and founded upon dreamers; men and women who visions that will, and have extended beyond their lifetimes. I can name Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Emmeline Pankhurst, Richard Branson, Margaret Thatcher, Queen Victoria, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the list grows year by year.
What legacy of dreams will you leave behind?
I read that Colin Powell once said this,” A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” He’s right, he should know. Powell was the first African-American to be the United States Secretary of State, but his journey to get there was far from easy. He had to work hard to change the minds and perceptions of those around him, in order to rise to the most trusted position in the American Government.
He dreamed about his career path, and put the work in to get there, but I’m sure his dream journey took him on roads he never expected.
What do all Practical Dreamers have in common?
- Perseverance – You do not give up or change your mind after the first setback, bankruptcy, redundancy or defeat. Take time to re-assess your options, seek advice and evaluate your situation
- Pride – You proud of your dreams, and you are able to defend your vision as needed. You take pride in your vision, and you realize that what you carry is important. However, don’t be too full of pride that you can’t ask for help. If your dream can be fulfilled by you alone, then it’s too small
- Purpose – You are clear on what you want to achieve. You know what your dreams will change the world. Even if you don’t have faith, pretend!
- Plan – You know what you want to see, even if you’re not 100% sure how to get it done. Write down what you do know, and ask for help in the areas that you’re struggling. Make a plan of action of how you can move to the next step.
- People – You know what your dream requires the support and connection with others. Find your tribe, your people; those who can run with you, and work with you. Connect with those who are strong in the areas that are your weaknesses.
The thing about dreams is that, they will remain as dreams until you decide to act on them. Wishing your dreams to come pass will not get you very far?, even if you pray, you’ll probably have to put some effort into making them come to pass. I can hear some of you thinking; “surely, if it’s meant to happen, it will happen anyway?” Yes and no; your future is in your hands, why not take steps today to see your dreams come true? I can’t lie and say that it’s going to be really easy, even if they’re meant to be, you’ll probably still face obstacles.
One of my dreams was to record and release an EP. I sought advice from friends, and other artists, but I couldn’t quite get my project off the ground. I had the songs, that part was easy. I’m well organised, so the planning was a walk in the park, but raising the money? That was a struggle. You see, I’ve always made money through singing, and I haven’t had a regular income. I started recording my EP around my 25th birthday, back in 2010, but it didn’t work out. My first single came out a year later, but I deleted it from iTunes shortly after, as I was ashamed of the product. I had all the right ingredients, but for some reason, it wasn’t making me happy. It was time to simplify things.
In December 2012, I finally completed recording my 7 track EP. I made things really simple, together with my producer Jake Isaac, we came up with this idea: record at home in my living room, acoustic style, invite friends and family to make it an authentic experience. It worked! It didn’t cost too much, and it isn’t perfect but by amending a few things I managed to make it work.
My first EP; King of my heart LIVE, is still live on iTunes, and my video views rise everyday – a dream come true!
Another secret dream I had was to be in a girl group, but I hadn’t really pushed into the dream. One day, our choir director of the London Community Gospel Choir approached me about an amazing opportunity to be in a girl group with 4 other girls and to audition for X Factor. If I’m perfectly honest with you, at first I was not too fond of the idea. In my mind, X Factor never treated good singers well, and you always ended up being embarrassed. However, I was wrong!
We came up with the name Silver Tone, and prepared for our Wembley Audition the best way we could. Nothing could prepare us for what came next: We began our song, and were stopped before we got to the chorus, Simon wanted us to come back later on that day and sing something else. Our pride was hurt, but this had never happened on the show before so we rehearsed backstage and came back fighting. We received a standing ovation and passed through to the next stage. It was a crazy roller-coaster journey from that moment on wards of cameras, lights, makeup, hair, press interviews and radio shows. We made it to the Judge’s Houses Live Reveal show and honestly, I feel proud of what we accomplished.
It was a huge risk, but it paid off.
This is why I constantly do the following;
- Remind myself of dreams that haven’t come true, possibly amend them
- Celebrate when dreams come true
- Dream again!
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible”
T E Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia – Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Don’t forget to dream!