10 Dream Steps for Success—How to Bring Your Dreams to Reality

A Midsummer’s Night Dream courtesy of Jasmin Aldin

Putting Power in Your Steps

To come from a place power, a clear understanding of past, present, and future is critical. In dwelling on the past, we are deterred from our dreams and dream objectives. By emotionally living in the past, we distract ourselves from discovering and giving voice to our deepest, most inspirational desires.

The Past Does Not Equal the Future

In thinking of the past, we stir up negative explanations as to why our dreams can’t come true because they haven’t come true in the past. It is a specific sort of blame game and subtracts from our power to take responsibility for what our life has become. Develop a habit of catching yourself in these thoughts and instantly correct them to shift your power by taking action in the present moment.

Our lives are a reflection of what we continuously focus on. Therefore, if we continue to focus on what happened in the past, we continue to repeat the past. History repeats itself, particularly for those who keep focusing on it!

“But how can I learn from my mistakes if I don’t look back?”  Although this question seems to make sense, there is weakness in this thinking. It makes the assumption that mistakes have been made. However, I believe that there is no such thing as failure, and that all seeming failure is an opportunity for adjustment. An adjustment is an improvement, rather than a correction of a mistake. When we think in terms of mistakes, this thinking comes from lack, or fear.

In thinking from power, faith, and responsibility, we simply make improvements. When we shift our thinking from fear of repeating mistakes to acceptance of a learning opportunity, the negative past loses its power over us.

The Future

The future is exciting because it’s a blank slate, and if we understand it as a creative opportunity, the future will not keep us in fear. The past is gone and the future is not yet here, so by investing ourselves too much in either the past or the future, we diminish our power to act in the present moment.

If live in the future in our mind, then we can easily get into fear, and become afraid of what will or won’t happen. “What if?” may be a statement of fear about the future, and when you catch yourself saying it, that is an opportunity to change your attitude to one of faith instead of fear.

Having faith in the future is a way to establish your dreams in the thinking stuff. Fear of the future is focusing on and visualizing a negative outcome. To see good dreams manifested, invest positive faith in the future and guide your thoughts away from fear of the future and fear of the past.

The Powerful Present Moment


The past and future are illusory. They are not tangible, and only reside in the mind. This is where the self-control of thoughts will influence your dreams—in the present moment. The present moment is so powerful that modern quantum physics shows evidence that the present can alter the past. When we begin to define our dream statement of 15 words or less, it is powerful to make the statement in the present tense. We, therefore, visualize our dreams in the present and actually attract the future based on our focus.

The Ten Dream Steps for Success

STEP 1—Launch Your Courage

CONCEPT: Courage to Dream

STEP 2—Drive Your Desires

CONCEPT: Conscious Belief Systems

STEP 3—Free Your Imagination

CONCEPT: Imagination Stimulation

STEP 4—Stage Your Dream

CONCEPT: Enlightened Visualization

STEP 5—Pen Your Dream Script

CONCEPT: Power of Words-Write it!

STEP 6—Set Your Dream on Fire

CONCEPT: Ignite Dream Momentum

STEP 7—Publish Your Dream Plan Book

CONCEPT: Connect with the “Thinking Stuff”

STEP 8—Inspire Your Dream With Action

CONCEPT: Power of the Present Moment

STEP 9—Awaken Your Dream with Thanks

CONCEPT: Attraction Action of Gratitude

STEP 10—Become a Dream Achiever

CONCEPT: Live, Share, Expand Your Dreams

Deborah Nelson is the author of several books including the Dreams to Reality Series: Author Your Dreams Action Plan, available on; and a free PDF copy available at

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