How to Turn Dreams into Reality

by Jonathan

Turn Dreams into Reality

We all have dreams for the future. Goals that are ripe for achieving. Ever since we were born, we’ve wanted to impact the world in some way and stand out from the crowd. Every day we hope that someone will notice us and recognize us for some special achievement.

Maybe we want to be on stage, giving a speech to an enormous audience. We want to have that honorable stride as we get on stage, have the tears in our eyes as we stand tall, and proclaim our thanks to a number of people who stood behind us in our lives.

Enter reality

Then your reality hits you. It punishes you for thinking such thoughts. “How dare you betray your reality? Who do you think you are? Why risk ridicule when it is so much easier to struggle through life on your way to the top?”

Within seconds of dreaming, you succumb to your reality’s torment. You pretend as if you never dreamed in the first place. Your dream lies dormant, forgotten.

Or is it just buried?

But you know that in the back of your mind, it still shines. Even if it’s just a flicker, you know it’s still there. It’s waiting. Waiting for you to remove the shackles of reality and grab hold of your destiny. But unfortunately for you and your dream, you don’t know how to do so.

No one seems to be pushing you to break away from reality. You get paid on a regular basis to work your regular hours. You aren’t going to get paid to try and get a role as a movie star, singer, writer, business mogul, etc. You aren’t paid to try at all. And that’s really the point, isn’t it?

You aren’t paid to try, you are paid to do

You are recognized for your actions, not your thoughts. If everyone was reimbursed for just thinking, would fame, fortune, and success even matter anymore? They would become cheap and useless. Nobody would care.

That’s why it is up to you to take action. Turn your dreams into reality by doing, not trying. You need to form an intention in your mind and make a decision. The very act of doing is the manner in which we carry out a task. In this case, a task that brings us closer to our dreams. And the closer we get to our dreams, the more real they become.

There are two simple steps that you must be intent on carrying out in your mind before your dreams can become reality:

1. Identify your dream. Denote your passion. Is it to be known across the world as a millionaire or a missionary? Do you want to be a musician or a fireman? Will you use your talents to change one person’s life or will you use them to change the world? Decide what your purpose is and write it down. Think about it constantly in the back of your mind. Let it be the driving force for your daily actions.

2. Act on your dreams. Now that you know, you must act. Choose your daily actions wisely in regards to your dream. Is it better to watch another hour of TV, or should you get to work on that book you keep saying you’ll publish? Take steps to overcome habits that are detrimental to your progress. Replace them with a routine that will push you forward in a positive way.

You should talk about your goal, write about it, sing about it. Move with those who are for you and leave those against. Feel empowered when the odds are stacked high, for that means that there is indeed a prize being hidden from you. When security guards surround a palace is that because there is nothing valuable inside? Push just a little further and you will get the dream you seek.

Become unstoppable

Changing your reality to fit your dreams is no simple task. Because reality is a ruthless tormentor, there will be few opportunities to take command. But if you take advantage of the few that exist and bar reality from within and without, there will be no stopping you.

Excellence can be obtained if you:
…care more than others think is wise;
…risk more than others think is safe;
…dream than others think is practical;
…expect more than others think is possible.”

Article by John Anyasor

Have you identified your dreams?
Are you acting on your dreams?
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Frank J

Dreams are just that, but if you chase them hard enough they can sometimes become reality.


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Frank, I agree. Seems like half the fun is in the chase because soon as I chase one down, I go after another.



Hey guys! I’m glad you liked the post.

Chasing your dreams is indeed difficult, but that’s what it’s all about. Living your life going after what you desire. If that’s not happiness, I don’t know what is.

Thanks for letting me guest post, Jonathan!


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

My pleasure John!


Zuzanna M

Hello, Jonathan and John Anyasor of HiLife2B

To me, dreams have been always very important. Once was dreaming of living in better country, and my dreams came through. Then I was dreaming of completing my education, which came through too. Nothing comes without of determination. When goals set then soon the dreams become reality, BUT you have to believe in yourself and the power of your DREAMS. You have to have courage and be persistent in pursuing your dreams.

Thank you for the great article!


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Z, You are so right. In reality, our dreams are our first attempt to manifest a new reality.


Mike King

Love the last quote in this article. I feel aligned with this for sure and am well past any of those societal doubters and nay-sayers to where the only thing that matters is that I am in fact living the life I dream of. Dreaming is doing in my mind. Nice article, I’ll definitely check out your blog!


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Thanks for the encouragement Mike. You are a good example of someone who understands how to take action, and expect more that others think possible.



@Zuzanna Hey Zuzanna! Your story is really inspiring. My parents had the same dreams as you and of course they achieved them. I’m glad you overcame great odds to see your dreams come true. I’m happy you enjoyed the post!

@Mike Thanks Mike! Live the lifestyle you want and no doubt true happiness will come forth.

I’m really touched by the feedback I’ve been reading on this post. I wish I could give out more thanks :)



I love your point about being paid to do, not think. it’s so easy to get caught up in “positive thinking” and forget about the action part of the equation.

Great post!


Stephen - Rat Race Trap

John, I absolutely love that final quote. The whole thing about acting is very important. If you are always taking steps, even tiny steps, toward your dream you are making progress towards it. Much better than just dreaming it.


Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

HI John,
This is the line that spoke to me truly well…
“You are recognized for your actions, not your thoughts.”
This line sums up your whole post so beautifully. You have to do and not just think or talk. Baby steps and soon you will have attained your dream.

Hi Jonathan, This is an excellent choice for a guest post. Thanks for introducing me to such a wonderful blogger.
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s last blog ..Letting Go of the Past: The Healing Power of Forgiveness & Release =-.



After reading this post, I thought of the timeless classic, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. It’s so great, because the Dream is the starting point, and then he lays out the practical steps for bringing that dream into reality. He also talks about the negative emotions that we must combat in order to get to our destination. By focusing daily on our dream, we can act consistently.



@Stephen Thanks man. That quote struck me when I stumbled upon it. Dreams are only worth so much, but they’re worth even more if you act upon them. Great thoughts!

@Zeenat Hey Zeenat, thanks for your kind words. I don’t know, while I was writing the quote just came to me. I’m glad you liked my post. I’m going to check out your blog. See you soon!

@Steve Awesome! Napoleon Hill is great and I’ve read that book as well. His will and plans for success really speak to me as they have spoken to millions across the globe.
.-= John´s last blog ..Writings That Test Reality and Will =-.



I see the point of this article and understand the reasoning behind it. Not to criticize, but I see two potential flaws. Please correct me if I’m mistaken. Neither of the two points below apply to me, but I’ve met people that they do appear to apply to.

(A) Intelligence: What if the subject has a very low IQ? I’m sure autistic people dream as well.
(B) Experience: I can much better start a printing company after 5 years of working for Xerox than on my own, right now.
Let me tall you a story. I have a friend who is quite clever and designed an ingenious product (a knitted backpack w/ usb drive made in the form of various cute animals). Despite his creativity, he appeared to know nothing about financial management. Rather than getting the backpack manufactured at an assembly-line, he chose to pay a South American village to hand-knit it. The costs were through the roof and the product never went anywhere despite great promotion. When I tried to market it for him, he felt as though I was stealing a possession of his.
This is one of the most creative and forward-moving people I know, but not only did he lack the business experience, but he didn’t listen to others with business experience. A perfect example of how idealism clashes with realism. Some can find that balance – most cannot.



Turning ones dreams into a reality takes courage, bravery, right thinking and energy. Finding motivation can only excel these elements on your behalf. Perseverance will be your greatest test of all, and once you pass it, Its Graduation time.


Rocket Bunny


I believe the deeper the passion for the dream/goal to become reality the more motivated you are, Make it happen – not giving up on yourself or others.

This is a very good article and thank you Jonathan for choosing a such an inspiring blogger.



@Kaizan Hey Kaizan, glad you’re here. Getting caught up in positive thinking used to be my worst habit, but now I’ve decided to take command with action. Thanks man.

@orun I don’t really understand the flaws you pointed out. I’m all for experience and intelligence. Those qualities are important for success, but if you don’t choose to gain experience or intelligence by acting, there’s no point. The message is that you must act. As the saying goes, you can read all about surfing in a book, but there’s no substitute for going out there and riding the waves.Thanks for your input though.

@Jonathan Interesting thoughts, Jonathan! Perseverance is one of the many keys to success.

@Bunny I’m flattered that you enjoyed my guest post :) . Never give up and never surrender.



Hi John,
My point was that not everyone’s dreams are realistic. I’m all for Wu-Wei and the Tao te Ching – I believe that’s where the term “riding with the waves” comes from. A very kindred philosophy to the ideology in your post.

I’m just saying I’m more of a David Hume. If one’s dreams are not in the range of realism (likely because the individual has a lack of understanding of exactly what is realistic) – only experience would add gain. But again, the influence of this experience is limited by intelligence.

I do enjoy motivational speeches and texts sometimes, I just like to argue with them to see how well founded they are – I’m an empiricist and a skeptic.
Hope that explanation was a little less ambiguous!


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Orun, thanks for joining the conversation and sharing your thoughts. I can totally appreciate some of the points you have made. I think that some of the problems you mentioned come, not from a lack of intelligence or experience, but from a lack of skill.

Like most things, realistic goal setting is a skill. To become more proficient at a new skill usually requires instruction and practice. To illustrate, think of driving a car. Almost anyone can learn to drive if someone is willing to teach them, and they have enough time to practice. True, some people are better drivers than others, but that’s usually a matter of skill rather than intelligence.

It’s also true that many beginning drivers have accidents. Why? Lack of experience means they haven’t had sufficient time to develop their driving skills. If someone dives head first into goal setting without developing enough skill, it can be an expensive lesson on one or more levels. But sometimes learning is costly (have you checked the cost of tuition lately?).

I teach advanced Life skills to people with a wide range of talents, intelligence, and abilities. It’s been my experience that, if I do my job correctly, almost anyone can master these skills. It may take some longer than others, but isn’t that the case with any skill



Great thoughts, Orun. Yes, I understand where you’re coming from. I actually read David Hume last year in my philosophy class so I can identify with his stances on realism.

I find nothing wrong with your skeptic nature. It’s interesting to talk with people who are different from you so we can learn from our differences and reach a middle ground.

Honestly, I thank you for your point of view :)


Sibyl Chavis

Great post. It really reinforces the truth that having the intention is only half of the equation and we do have to take action. The reality is once we understand and genuinely believe our intentions and desires come from a very special part of who we are, it is easier to see that if we do what we are supposed to, they will become our new reality. Once we understand that they really can become our new reality, we will have every motivation we need to take action. Thanks for the great perspective.


Robin Easton

This is just remarkable and beautifully delivered. I love the part about shaping our lives to foster our dreams. Yes, that is essential. It is not enough to simply HAVE a dream; we must shape all aspects of our lives to support our dreams and bring them to fruition. If we have a dream to be a writer, but we spend every evening and weekend in front of the TV that dream most likely won’t happen. We are quite literally the creator of our dreams. The more we support our own dreams the greater the creative ball of energy grows.

John has done a powerful job of encouraging us all to live our dreams. Please thank him for me. I will also checkout his site a bit more. How refreshing. He reminds me a lot of you. :)) Wonderful choice Jonathan.



@alternaview Hey, I’m glad you made it. Your spot on with your interpretation of the post. Reality should bend to our will through the beliefs we hold in our minds and not the other way around.

@Robin Thanks a lot for your compliments and encouragement Robin. I can’t thank you enough. Without action, there can be no success.

I hope to see you around the blog soon. You guys are awesome!


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi everyone – I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation to John, not only for doing such a nice piece, but also for his interaction in the comments. This was certainly a great chance to get to know John and enjoy his work. I want to encourage everyone to please visit him at his blog HiLife2B



dream more while you are awake



This is something I’m trying hard to accomplish. I’m so focused on reading about achieving dreams, how to set dreams, visualizing, etc, that I forget about acting on them.


Jake O

The moment of excelling catches you in transition of your true self. So what is your true self??? as you reach for thoughts to imprison, but they run freely as rivers and lakes join to become the ocean.
Find yourself as the steps you wish to follow in the foot print of your destiny.

I have always wondered why difficulties exits in life choices, we must try ways to understand what we go through without blame or prejudice. There is always an answer in any path we follow, correct or not. We see what we choose to see, we loose only what we have, and at times what we may have..same irony of refection. You can only prepare for what you know to ready for, but armor yourself for what you don’t see for that battle may force you to concede.

Life puzzles exits with you delaying the pieces to put together, you have to figure out which piece to start from to complete the puzzle. What is complete may take a lifetime, so start with an empty mind in order to gain clarity of mind. This is the point of lesson teach yourself thoughts to place you in the right frame of your thoughts. It will be a hard lesson but a lesson never the less.


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