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The MEMEing of Life: From Dreams to Reality

Today, in our MEMEing of Life series, we’re going to talk about this meme: “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

Like the rest of us, you probably have dreams in life—those things you would love to achieve but just don’t know how you will ever get them accomplished. Dreams that, if you really sat back and thought about long enough, might feel impossible to reach. Where do you begin? How will you find the time to devote to advancing and reaching your dreams when your day is already bursting at the seams with other obligations and responsibilities?

Looking at the big picture can make you feel like your dream is too far out of reach and maybe even impossible to accomplish. That’s what this meme is trying to help with: the breakdown of a giant dream into steps that create goals and actions that can bring your dream to reality.

The truth is, if you never get started, you will never achieve anything, no matter how big or small your dream might be. The tip for success is to be strategic when it comes to planning!

This starts by setting deadlines for various accomplishments that are directly connected to what you want to ultimately achieve. Doing so transforms your dream into a goal. You now have a deadline moving you from point A to point B.

Planning how you will reach your goal is an important step when preparing to reach your dreams. All planning means is breaking down your bigger goal into smaller, realistic steps and determining what actions you will take to accomplish them in a timely manner. For example, let’s say you had a dream to pay off debt. That seems pretty overwhelming, right? You could start by saying that you want to be debt-free by 2025. You now have a date. Next, you might say that you want to start by paying off credit card A, then credit card B, then your auto loan and so on. These are goals that are broken down into steps. Finally, you start making payments that help you accomplish those goals—and with that ACTION, you are headed toward making your dream a reality!

About Dennis M. Postema

Dennis M. Postema, RFC, is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, coach, speaker and registered financial consultant. He is the founder of MotivationandSuccess.com, StoriesofPerseverance.org, FinancingYourLife.com and TheRetirementInstitute.org.

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