Alright, so you have this dream. Maybe it came out of the blue, from God, or maybe its been gestating for years, or maybe its just always been there. But this dream is far beyond your present self, so far it doesn’t seem possible, it’s just too fantastic. Well, you need to think about it—a lot. Decide which are the ridiculous parts and discard them, then look at what’s left, maybe pick one aspect that does seem possible. Now here is the crucial part—think of one thing you can do at this moment that puts you just one step closer to your dream. Do that thing. Leave the next step to tomorrow’s self. Just do something to commit yourself to achieving your dream. This is how you make it real.
I’ll give an example of how not to do it: When I was in High School in Victoria, TX I traveled to Austin to see my first concert—Yes. They were playing the Erwin Center on a rotating circular stage—it was awesome. For some reason, I didn’t smoke or drink anything that day, and yet I got so high from the music. It was the closest thing to a religious experience I’d had since my baptism. I recognize the dream now—I wanted that, but I didn’t know what exactly. I dismissed it as not practical and pursued pragmatic academics. But the dream was still there, subconsciously drawing me towards that, first to Austin, then to the recording industry and various bands as a bass player. But the dream was bigger than that—I wanted to be the music—be Jon Anderson letting the Muse carry the audience into another dimension. Heh, heh, still got a long way to go with that.