A Dreamer’s Dream Can Become A Certainty
Eighteen months ago, I quit my corporate job to pursue my dream of writing a book.
The task seemed overwhelming, as I pulled out a manuscript I had written almost two decades ago, especially when I reread it for the first time in years.
“This is crap,” I muttered to myself as I read the imported document in my writing program.
But dreams don’t become realities, as long as we are sleeping.
We all have dreams.
We dream of finding true love, raising a family, becoming wealthy, living a long and healthy life or even world peace.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” ~ Colin Powell
Most of us are great dreamers, but that’s where a lot of us stop.
We say we want this or that, but we either don’t know how to get from here to there, or we lose hope and push them aside when we realize the amount of work they will take.
The secret to turning dreams into realities is to understand that dreams are like fuel making us enthusiastic and giving us the energy to move forward as we pursue them. We may need to jump over hurdles or take unexpected detours, but in the end, it is up to each one of us to stay the course and make it happen.
“Don’t let anybody steal your dreams. They are your greatest asset.” Patrick Powers
Every dreamer has at least one critic. And if you’re like me, you have several in your life.
The Dreamer’s Critic
These can be people who like to think they mean well when we share our heart with them, or they can be people who have a general lack of vision, envy, jealousy or are just plain ignorant.
And the most prominent critic of all could be ourselves. Our inner critic who reminds us that we aren’t good enough, it’s too late in life, or we will fail.
Regardless of where the discouragement comes from, we need to remember that we know who we are, we know what is in us, and trusting our instincts is worth the risk.
Our dreams are our own. As long as we don’t allow anyone to take them from us, and we work past the negatives, they can become realities if we dare to do the work needed.
Starring at my computer screen, I began the painful process of revising, adding and deleting words to my manuscript until I felt it was ready for others to read.
I reached out to family and friends to give their thoughts and feedback.
I worked with an editor to help me bring out more of the story. I took her words and thoughts to heart as I made more changes to bring my book to life.
And once it was polished and finished, I tucked the book away once again only to have it sit for several months.
I had reached another roadblock.
A Dreamer’s Roadblock
“Don’t be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.” ~ Unknown
Writing a children’s book requires, much more than I thought. Not only do you need the storyline, but it has to be entertaining and exciting to the audience. One thing I failed to prepare for was the importance of illustrations. Illustrators cost money, and when you’re a new writer, money doesn’t come easy.
I allowed an unplanned problem to push my dream aside once again.
Sure, I could self-publish my book without pictures, but I knew that it needed drawings to help summarize each chapter.
“When you’ve exhausted all possibilities remember this; You haven’t.” Jon M. Johnson (My Dad)
The book sat in a folder on my computer, and my dreams of being a published author kept me awake at all hours of the night, while the voice of my dad reminded me to find a way.
It is no coincidence that my Dad’s voice would be the one that pushed me. After all, my book was written almost 20 years ago, after he died and it is the story of how my youngest son, Andrew, remembered his best friend, Grandpa on his birthday the first year after he passed.
One sleepless night, as I was thinking about the illustrations, it came to me. Andrew has a fantastic talent for drawings, and as I made the connection between the storyline of my book, I couldn’t think of a better person to ask to be the illustrator.
Perseverance Is Required
And if that wasn’t enough, that same week, I had a publisher reach out to me letting me know they were interested in helping me get the book in print.
And as I write this blog today, “Birthday Balloons for Grandpa” is scheduled to be released in May/June 2018.
“Dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
Everything we see today started as just a dream somewhere in someone’s mind. If they were able to achieve their success, there is no reason it won’t work for us too.
Yes, it will require more of you than you initially think, and it will take hard work and perseverance, but the only one who can hold us back is ourselves.
What dreams do you have inside and what are you doing to turn them into reality? Share your thoughts in the comments below.