How to Take the First Step When Your Dreams Overwhelm You

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What do you do when you have a dream so big it overwhelms you?

That’s the position you may find yourself in. You have an idea or a passion that’s hard to shake. The only problem is, you don’t know how to take the first step to make it a reality.

As I mentioned in Episode #59 How Do I Share My Dreams With Others Well?, I think that we need to be more conscious about how we use the word dream.

Dreams are beautiful and inspiring and generally wonderful. But they also carry a connotation that they are unrealistic. If you want to see your dreams come to fruition, the first step is to start believing they can happen and that you can figure out how to make them happen.

You need to take yourself and your dream seriously.

And that takes an incredible amount of courage, I know. I’ve been there. I was a young, 23-year-old working a very non-fancy job in a city where I only knew a handful of people when I admitted to myself that I wanted to be an author and speaker.

The audacity! Who was I? How would I ever accomplish that?

I didn’t have the answers. But once I owned up to my dream, I knew I couldn’t ignore it. I told my husband and I started researching.

For me, there have been two questions I have had to repeatedly ask myself when I encounter resistance related to acting on my dreams.

I believe these questions have been pivotal for shaping my foresight over the past few years.

The first question is, “Who will I be in the future if I do act on this idea/dream/goal?”

And the second question is, “Who will I be in the future if I don’t act on this idea/dream/goal?”

Those questions have made it pretty clear to me that most often, the resistance I feel is rooted in fear. 5, 10, 25 and 50 years from now, I don’t want to look back on my life and feel regret about things I didn’t do because of fear or insecurity.

I want to create my future, live courageously, and use my gifts and skills to the best of my ability.

I’m sure that’s what you want for yourself, too.

There are several other things that you can do to gain clarity and momentum on your dreams, and I cover those in the podcast episode!

P.S. One of the most helpful things in my journey to act on my dreams has been working with coaches and professionals who were a few steps ahead of me in the journey. They offered guidance, expertise and accountability.

If this sounds like something you’d benefit from in your life, career coaching is a great thing to explore! If you want to learn more about how career coaching can help you develop clarity, confidence, and success, reach out to set up a free consultation call!