Taking Action on Your Dreams

This is the fifth post in the Dream series,  for previous installments in chronological order, click: 1, 2, 34.

So, you’ve done your homework. You decided to really go for one of your dreams, and in order to be prepared, you did the right thing and started gathering information and planning for it. Maybe your dream was a smaller one, and not so much planning was necessary. Or maybe it was a huge one, and you’ve been planning for months or even years. However long it took, the clear next step was acting on your plans.

And then something happened. Real life got in the way, and the dream got put on the back burner. Or maybe you still aren’t sure if you’ve planned enough to cover every contingency, and are still gathering information. Or perhaps your waiting for just the right moment to execute that plan, and it hasn’t happened yet. Well, I have a few words of advice.

The right moment to start isn’t coming. There will always be something standing in the way between you and your dreams. If you’ve done the planning already, the best time to act was yesterday. Baring that, the next best time to start is now.

I’ve heard of many people who have done wonderful things. But then I also know some who have equally amazing ideas, but never make it any farther than the planning stage. They ramp up the gathering of information, write down all the facts and talk about what it will be like, but never take the crucial step from planning to action because they’re waiting for the ‘right time’. You are capable, and even though the moment will never be perfect, when the dream means that much to you, you’ll find a way to push past the distractions and other obstacles standing in your way.

Imperfect action is infinitely better than no action at all. If you’ve done all the major planning, and are still stalling because you aren’t sure that you have all the details figured out yet, join the club. I certainly don’t have all the details for going full-time RVing figured out, but I’ve already started taking action on that dream and have bought my tow vehicle.

For bigger dreams, you won’t be able to plan for all contingencies. There are just too many variables to consider. It would be a waste of our valuable time to try to think of, and drum up a counter for them all, when likely what will end up happening will be something we would never have thought of ahead of time. After a point, planning loses it’s effectiveness and the best results will be gained from actually testing the waters, learning from your mistakes, and adjusting course accordingly. Realize that some things we just need to learn as we go.

I know that for many people, not having all the answers is a scary thought. I believe this plays a big part of why more people don’t follow their dreams, the uncertainty that crops up when you contemplate doing something outside the norm, and fear of failure. There will be an upcoming post on the topic of fear, but in the meantime I’ll just say this: You don’t really fail, unless you stop trying.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, follow my advice in the previous Dream article on planning and just take it one step at a time, and eventually you will get where you want to be. Get use to taking action by starting, and you’ll find that the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

In fact, if you’ve had something in the works for a while now and haven’t started acting on it yet, I challenge you to do just that. Take one small step today to further that dream. Right now would be best, but if you’re reading this at work or in the bathroom or something go ahead and finish that first. It doesn’t have to be much, just one little thing. Then feel free to post about it in the comments below.

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  1. Hawk on May 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Great series, Becky! My next step is get rid of STUFF. Then, I will buy tow vehicle. LOVE ur wise inspiration. I’ll keep u updated.

    One day SOON I’ll see u on the road. Woo Hoooo!

    All the best, Hawk

    Awesome parrot.com

    • Becky on May 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Glad you found this helpful Hawk! Downsizing isn’t very fun, but oh does it feel good to have it done. Best of luck to you and I hope everything goes smoothly.

      Take care!

  2. Diane Livingston on March 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Becky, love this post. My Mom used to say “if you want to do something, you have to put a stake in the ground” — for example if you say “one day, I’m going to full time in an RV” you probably won’t do it. However if you say “On January 1, 2016 I am going full time in an RV” you will more than likely do it. That’s the way I live today. When we’re planning a trip, I say “we’re leaving June 1st” .. where doesn’t matter. Just the date as the “stake in the ground”

    • Becky on March 28, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Haha, that’s a neat saying Diane, I like it. 🙂 Putting a date to my goals has helped me immensely. It worked for going RVing, it worked for getting the e-guide out too.

  3. Carolyn on December 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Yes, Just Do It, is the answer. 🙂

  4. Becky on November 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Hmm, I guess it’s only fair for me to post my own small step, huh?

    To further my RVing dream, yesterday I got the brake controller installed in my tow vehicle. Today was for getting today’s and Thursday’s articles written. Tomorrow I should really try putting my original Xbox and accessories up for sale on Craigslist again – downsize, downsize, downsize…

    • Nancy on November 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      In other words, “Just Do It”. Excellent post.
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      • Becky on November 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        Thank you Nancy, I try. 🙂

  5. Isherwood Wildwalker on November 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Challenge: Stop procrastinating about forgiving myself.

    Solution: Breathe Deep, Focus Inward, Allow Forward Movement.

    Thank you for reminding me to keep my dreams alive!


    • Becky on November 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks for sharing Ish, that sounds like a great challenge and solution.