In the spirit of the brave decision this week by Australian Jarryd Hayne to leave rugby league at the height of his career to try to play in the NFL, below are five suggestions to help make your dream a reality.
1. Share your dream with others
If you tell people you trust about your dream it takes it one step closer to being ‘real’. Others may give you ideas on how to make your dream a reality and they will ‘check in’ with you about your dream, making you more accountable to yourself.
2. Break your dream down
If your dream seems enormous and you don’t know where to start then break it down.
If you are writing a book, a promise to complete one page or even one paragraph a week is much more attainable than a promise to complete a chapter. You will find your success will spur you to keep going and get to those chapters sooner than you thought!
3. Take action!
I heard on the radio that the only way to secure your failure is to never even try! So try taking a step in the direction of your dream, no matter how small.
The decision by Jarryd Hayne, the most recent winner of rugby league’s highest award (Dally M joint winner), to quit the game and move to the USA shocked many people. Why would someone quit at the height of their career? Hayne said he was “giving himself the opportunity to make it”. This is the same for all of us who aspire to experience or be something else: we must take action or we will continue where we are.
4. Keep trying
I love the quote by Thomas Edison who created the light bulb when he was asked why he kept trying even though he had failed 1,000 times:
“I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
5. Be adaptable
The world changing discovery of penicillin was made my accident! It was due to a contaminated experiment that had grown mould. With perseverance and hard work this was then adapted into the medical innovation that could be used to treat humans (thank you British Fleming and Chain, and Australian Florey).
As you follow your dreams you may find them evolving, be adaptable, you never know what you may encounter!