Everything is Possible! “It is indeed!” agrees the Dreamer-Believer in me. But my Rational-Pragmatic side starts questioning “Wait a second? How exactly? Are you sure?” This is an inner dilemma we face constantly, which leads to the question, “How do we ensure a positive outcome then?”
What I have noticed that has worked for me is listening to these two sides, understanding, and finding a balance between them. Let me give you a real-life example. I had a dream of doing a degree abroad. At first it felt like a beautiful dream way off in the distance – a dream that that over time became a reality. So now I am currently completing my master’s degree at UCD Smurfit. It means a lot to me, because it has provided me an opportunity to study in a well-recognized academic environment. Besides this, it has boosted my confidence as I have managed to finance my studies and live independently without any external financial help. I admit it has been challenging, but definitely possible.
In order to understand the process of achieving my dream, I would like to explain it through the two characters introduced earlier: the Dreamer-Believer and the Rational-Pragmatic. The Dreamer-Believer in me set the goal when I was still a teenager and has kept repeating it since then. The Rational-Pragmatic side in me appreciated the goal, but had challenging times in finding the ways to make it actually happen. It took years of their mutual effort that created laughter as well as tears. But they succeeded, because they communicated and supported each other. The Dreamer-Believer’s role was to inspire and communicate the importance of the dream (why I wanted to study abroad, how it would benefit me). Whereas the Rational-Pragmatic had to narrow it down by choosing a specific country, university and field, and ensure habits that would support it (e.g. earning and saving money, planning ahead, using the majority of the free time left from work for studying, and minimising the time spent for personal and social interests).
Although the Rational-Pragmatic worked hard, there were times when I felt the accomplishment of my dream was slipping away (e.g. in times of unexpected costs or sudden changes that consumed too much time). These were the times when the Dreamer-Believer helped the Rational-Pragmatic side to continue. It said: “It is our dream, we can do it. We will not give up until we reach it!” But the Dreamer-Believer would not have managed to accomplish this alone. The Rational-Pragmatic side was the one who found the ways to transfer the dream into reality.
In other words, the importance lies in aligning a vision with the appropriate execution. It’s crucial to become aware of your internal dialogue, and understand its deeper roots. What matters is a realisation that you are actually in charge of your inner dialogue, no one else! You have the power to make sure that you align your thoughts to serve a set goal and support it with the relevant actions…
Then, everything is possible! 🙂
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