Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Turn Your Dreams Into Reality

The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.

We all have our dreams.

We all have our realities.

But for the most part, those dreams remain dreams...until we act toward them.

So, why is it so hard for some people to act?

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins will tell you it's because of fear and certainty. Fear, whether it's the fear of failure or the fear of being ridiculed, is paralyzing. Certainty that a goal is unattainable or impossible is another factor that keeps people from taking action.

It all comes down to YOU.

You can have the best intentions in the world. But if you don't back up those intentions with action -- inspired action -- then you are reinforcing a belief that your goals are not possible.

Let's say you want to run in a marathon. Announcing that you will run in one is a start, but if you don't train for it on a daily basis, you'll never qualify to enter. So, what can you do? You take action by researching and finding a training program, following it, talking and training with those who have run marathons, and visualizing yourself crossing the finish line. Each time you train, you are reinforcing the belief that you can run in one.

What does it take to act?

1.  Believe in your potential. We are designed with unlimited potential. The amount of action you take depends upon the amount of potential into which you tap, and it determines the results you get. The results you get reinforce the beliefs you have. Believing that you have limited potential is going to bring limited results. Likewise, believing that you can tap into an unlimited reservoir of potential is going to bring bigger results. If you don't believe you can reach a certain goal, then you won't tap into your full potential; this affects the amount of action you will take. Ask yourself what beliefs you have about your own potential.

2.  Condition your mind muscles. You want to create an environment inside your head that is conducive to achieving peak performance. This starts with your self-talk. Whenever you say something to yourself, your mind tries to build a case for it. Our words have the power to condition the mind to succeed or to fail.

3.  Visualize the desired outcome as if you've already achieved it. Successful people will tell you that a big part of their success comes from visualizing the outcome. The more they visualize, the more energy they give toward its manifestation. Creating a vision board and displaying it in a prominent place is one way to keep your mind focused on achieving your dreams and goals.

4.  Surround yourself with successful, positive people. Learn from and mimic the action steps they've taken. Being around their energy naturally elevates our own, inspiring us to move forward. They become our guides and mentors.

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Turning your dreams into reality starts with you.

Now is the time to act.

Not next week.

Not next year.

Not when the kids leave for college.

Not when you retire.


What are you waiting for?


  1. Dear Penny,

    This is a great follow up to your prior post!

    These are some great action steps as they start with your decision and mindset so then inspired action won't be so much effort.



    1. Thanks so much, Kathy! The love and inspiration that go into taking action makes things seem effortless.

  2. Good thoughts and one that I appreciated -- especially after reading a concise thought from a favorite author of mine just a few moments ago was this one: "Learn from and mimic the action steps they've taken."

    How true! And thanks for sharing,


    1. Lee, role models are important. They show us the way when we need one. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. HI Penny! Thanks for such an uplifting and encouraging post! It just reinforced what I already
    knew. It is always so nice to be directed in a positive direction!
    Saw this post at UBC, where I'm fairly new. I've been so very blessed by everything that I've read so far. Keep up the great job!

    Jean Smith

    1. Jean, I'm so glad this has reinforced what you knew all along. Sometimes we need those reminders, don't we? Blessings to you.

  4. Hi Penny
    I so enjoy reading your blog and thank you for visiting mine!

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    For more info, see my post:

    Namaste with Unity "Love" Consciousness,
    Wendy Baudín
    Self-Love Sherpa and Wisdom Guide

    1. Wow, Wendy, thank you so much! I am honored!

  5. People tell me that I accomplish a lot with my life, and it's because I take action. Yes, I like to plan, but then I actually do it! I become better and better at what I do, but everyone has to start somewhere!

    1. That's great to hear, Susan! It doesn't matter where we start, as long as we start. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.