It’s a scary thing to do, but you need to say your dreams out loud.
I know you’re recoiling away from that statement. Say your dreams out loud? So everybody will know?
I know you’re afraid people will think you’re being frivolous, foolish, or unreasonable. Who are you to have lofty dreams?
But you need to say your dreams out loud. And here’s why.
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They’ll become real.
When your dreams stay tucked away inside your head, they remain abstract wishes that you don’t need to act upon or plan for. But when you say them out loud, they join the real world and they take on a life of their own. Even just start by saying your dreams out loud to yourself when you’re alone!
But when you say those dreams out loud and let them become real, they bear a heaviness to them that will call for you to take some sort of action – how will you carry that weight?
You’ll feel some sort of obligation to pursue them.
When you tell somebody about a dream of yours, they’re likely to ask you at some point in the future how that dream is coming along. How do you want to answer them?
Once you start saying your dream out loud, you might want to prevent feeling embarrassment over having mentioned it and not pursuing it. Or you might want to prove to the nay-sayers that you can achieve those dreams.
Saying your dreams out loud will give you some outer accountability.
Other people will think of you in future situations.
For a time, I was trying to pursue freelance writing. I made a point of mentioning that to anyone who asked. From mentioning it over and over, I finally had someone send me an ad calling for freelance writers – something they never would have given me had I not mentioned I was trying pursue that goal.
If you make a point of telling people you know that you’re trying to become a photographer, the next time a friend needs a photographer, they might think of you. If you tell everyone you’re hoping to go backpacking in Europe this summer, someone might send you a link to a really great flight sale they found.
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While your dreams are wonderful things to turn to when you’re daydreaming or need a pick-me-up, you won’t get any results from them if they stay up hidden away in your head.
But say your dreams out loud, and you’re far more likely to start doing something about them and you might even get some help along the way.
Good luck in all your dream chasing!
Enjoy the journey.