Purpose Review: Cultivate Your Dreams.

They are something we all have. For those who lack hope and a positive outlook on life, they may say that dreams only occur while one is sleeping. But for those of us who dare to think bigger than we are, we know that dreams happen when one wakes up.

Langston Hughes once wrote about a dream deferred; meaning, what happens to a vision that never becomes a reality. Truth is this: Dreams must be cultivated and nurtured to come to fruition. Just like success, dreams don’t just magically come true. One must be disciplined, work hard, be committed and focused on seeing their dreams come to pass.

This year, if you desire to see your dreams overtake your reality, there are four things you must do:

  1. Eliminate any and all negative distractions.

Distractions are real, and they come in many forms. Worry, depression, procrastination, and more states of being are all types of distraction that work to keep you from believing and hoping for better. If you want to live out your dreams, you have to possess a spirit of expectation and take that spirit with you wherever you go.

  1. Feed your mind with positive information.

To nurture your dreams, you have to set your mind on things that are good. Just like the first step says to eliminate the negative, take your actions a step further and replace every distraction with a positive focus. Consider yourself blessed no matter what. Tell yourself daily that you have more than enough and that you are capable of living your best life.

  1. Surround yourself with the right kind of people.

No man is an island. You need people around you to master your well-being fully. Those people that you choose to be in your life should embody characteristics that you aspire to have. They should be honest, upright, enthusiastic, hard-working and motivating. You need good people around you to hold you accountable for working towards your dreams.

  1. Do at least one thing daily that gets you one step closer to living your dream.

The bottom line is this: You can hope all day. If you never take a step and put your hands to the plow, your hope will be in vain. Build up your momentum in life by doing at least one thing that excites you daily. Some days it may seem hard to pull that excitement out of yourself, but choose to take action and to be active in building the foundation for your dreams to manifest.

The Year of the Dreamer is here! It’s time to start being who you say you desire to be. You have been blessed with everything you need to survive and thrive. Take advantage of the life you have and live it full out…on purpose and in purpose.

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