“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”~ Ashley Smith
Do you have unfulfilled dreams and desires?
Most of us do.
We all have things we’d like to accomplish and experience in this lifetime, but not everyone goes after their dreams.
Sometimes, we convince ourselves that they’re just childish wishes and that we have more important responsibilities to attend to. At other times, we don’t know where to start, so we put our desires on the back burner. Often, we’re just too scared.
But when we ignore and bury our heart’s desires, they don’t disappear; they remain there, sending us occasional signals to remind us of their presence—a nagging feeling that something is missing. They become like ghosts that follow us throughout our lives.
And if we don’t acknowledge them until it’s too late in life, we may end up filled with regret.
This is totally avoidable, though.
I invite you to think of any unfulfilled dreams or desires you have and keep them in mind as we go through the five ideas in this article. My hope is that you feel motivated to pursue it and finally make it come true.
5 Powerful Quotes to Help You Turn Your Dreams into Reality
1. Your Dreams Are There for a Reason
“Your dreams and fantasies are showing you your potential. Your dreams are there for a reason; they are guiding you to your higher path here on Earth.”~ Sanaya Roman in Creating Money, Attracting Abundance
I find this quote to be the most soothing and encouraging of all.
It tells us that our dreams are meant to be pursued, that they are like breadcrumbs guiding us on the path to living our dharma—our soul-aligned lives.
It refers to our heart-centered dreams and desires, not those stemming from our egos or from conditioning.
Our heart-centered dreams and desires make us feel alive, inspired, and expansive. They have a different quality than the desires that come from the ego, which are rooted in fear, need, and feelings of lack.
As for the desires that come from conditioning, those are the things we’ve been told we “should” do. Chasing these goals can lead to “climbing the wrong ladder” and succeeding in the eyes of society but feeling unfulfilled.
2. Old Identities Can Hold Us Back
“The reason many people don’t become who they want to be is that they are too attached to who they’ve been.”~ Lisa Nichols
Here, Lisa Nichols talks about the fear of letting go of an old identity and stepping into the unknown.
I’ll give you a personal example to illustrate this point.
A few years ago, I did meditation teacher training. Not long after, I realized that I wasn’t passionate about teaching meditation. Don’t get me wrong; I believe it’s a great practice and that everyone can benefit from it, but I didn’t feel like talking about meditation every day.
Since it was the only certification that I had received at the time (thus, the only thing I thought I had some credibility), I didn’t want to let it go. For six years, I continued to build my business as a meditation teacher, even if my heart wasn’t into it.
Eventually, my lack of enthusiasm was too obvious to continue on that path. I decided to retrain as a life coach, which was far more exciting to me than teaching meditation.
I spent six years working on something that didn’t inspire me because I couldn’t let go of an identity: being a meditation teacher.
Other examples could be not becoming a public speaker because you believe you’re too shy or not moving to the countryside even though you feel called to live closer to nature because you’ve always considered yourself a “city guy.”
When you persist in doing something that doesn’t excite you or you resist pursuing something that interests you, ask yourself, “What am I holding onto that prevents me from pursuing my dreams? Am I willing to let it go?”
“Stop postponing your happiness. Be happy now. Your thoughts and beliefs do create your reality, but only when your present state is joyful. […] Keep the big goals—just don’t tie your happiness to your goals. Be happy now.”~ Vishen Lakhiani in The Code of the Extraordinary Mind
Vishen Lakhiani reminds you to enjoy the journey, the present moment, as you pursue your dreams.
It sounds obvious, but haven’t you ever had thoughts such as, “I’ll be happy when I live in my new home or once I quit my job and work for myself”? I certainly have.
When we don’t enjoy the journey, we miss out on life because life happens now. Plus, since we create our future based on our energy in the present, we’ll likely create a more enjoyable future too by being happy now.
“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel that they don’t deserve them or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.”~ Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist
Have you ever gotten stuck in thinking of all the ways something might not work to the point of almost convincing yourself that it’s not a good idea? When this happens, we usually become paralyzed and unable to take the necessary actions to make our dream come true.
Here’s a quick exercise from Abraham Hicks that may help you believe in yourself. It has three simple steps:
- At the top of a sheet of paper, write one thing you want.
- Below, list all the reasons you want it.
- On the other side of the sheet of paper, write down why you believe you’ll have it.
5. Sometimes, It’s Best to Keep Our Dreams to Ourselves
“If you want to kill a big dream, tell it to a small-minded person.”~ Steve Harvey
Unless we’re entirely confident in our ability to make our dream come true, it’s best to be selective with whom we share it.
I especially recommend not sharing your dreams just for validation. If you seek validation, it means that you don’t 100% believe in yourself. If the person’s response isn’t encouraging, you risk doubting yourself even more.
It’s in those moments that your dream is the most at risk of being crushed by “small-minded people” or, better said, people who don’t understand what you’re trying to accomplish.
So, until you’re entirely sure of yourself, it can be wise to only share your dreams with the people you know will support you.
I hope you feel more inspired and motivated to go after even your wildest dreams. Remember that your heart-centered desires are breadcrumbs showing you your dharma—your soul-aligned and most fulfilling life.