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So What If a Wish and a Dream Are Absolutely Different?

Let’s use the popular TV show, The Voice, to illustrate the difference between someone with a dream and one with a wish.

Most certainly the contestants that reach the Top 10 serve as examples of people who have powerful dreams of succeeding as performing artists.

In my opinion, any contestant who falls by the wayside prior to reaching the Top 10 is a person who probably had more of a wish than a dream. They were not emotionally compelled enough to do all the things necessary to hone their skills so they could make the cut.

Take a moment after reading this blog post and truly think about a powerful dream you currently have.

By dream, I don’t mean the kind you have during sleep. I’m talking about your desires for the future…The dreams you have for the future; be they related to family, material possessions, career path, education, spiritual growth, whatever. Pick one of those dreams.

You probably can’t do something about all of them all at one time…so, pick just one on which to focus momentarily.

When picking the dream on which you want to focus, make sure it is truly a dream not a wish.

What do I mean by the difference?

Well, a dream has some substance behind it. It’s compelling. It occupies a great deal of your focus because you have a deep emotional attachment to it.

Another way of looking at it is, it’s still a dream because you haven’t reached it but your emotional attachment to it is so strong it assures you will do the things necessary to make the dream come true.

A wish on the other hand is something you think you might like to have but there’s very little spark of emotion behind it. A wish kind of hangs around in your mind but you never seem to take positive action toward making it come true.

A wish will never come true, as such. If you truly want it to happen, you must create a deep emotional attachment to it which, by the way, then makes it a dream.

I should point out natural talent has something to do with it but you know people in your life you felt had all the talent in the world and they never did anything with it. These people, too, don’t have the drive of an emotionally compelling dream pushing them forward. They are filled with wishes!

So, what’s all this mean to you?

Well, back to that dream I encouraged you to take some time to really think about. If you think about your dream with some focus—clarity as to the exact next step you should take will come to you.

And, making dreams come true is nothing more than taking a series of well-planned steps toward them until they become a reality.

That is true because the hard part to making dreams come true is finding the deep emotional attachment that converts a wish into a dream.

To summarize—4 steps for overcoming the difference between a wish and a dream:

  1. A dream is defined by the depth of your emotional attachment to it
  2. Find your passion and you found a viable dream
  3. Define the specific steps you need to take for achieving your dream
  4. Take consistent, committed action on each of those steps

Actually there is one more very important step…Don’t quit!

What do you think is the difference between a wish and a dream?  Why is understanding that difference important to you?

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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