Nurturing your dream makes it grow! To nurture is to cultivate, foster, support, encourage, and develop. Nurturing your dream is to prevent it from dying. A lot of people have allowed their dreams to die because of adversity and the challenges of life. Don’t let this be you. Businesses that aren’t nurtured become businesses of the past. Relationships fall on the wayside due to neglect. For your dream to stay alive and fulfill its purpose it requires nurturing and caring for. We need to look after and take care of our dreams.
One of the ways I have kept my dreams alive is through having visuals of the dream posted at strategic places in my home. I have a vision board capturing all that I want to accomplish in my lifetime. I’ve also developed the habit of writing down my dream in the present tense and reading it to myself while visualizing it already achieved. Nurturing your dream is having a mastermind group of like-minded dreamers that meet periodically to encourage each other and check on how each person is doing. The pressure of life can sometimes be so intense that it causes you to unconsciously kill or abort your dreams.
Look after and take care of your dreams!
A few years ago, my friend George bought a plot of land near Lake Victoria, in Uganda and he started a business there. When he took me to the place I saw opportunities everywhere. I envisaged myself having a training center, a boat to ferry participants across the lake to it, a training hall, a beautiful house where I could go on weekends to dream and relax, a place full of trees with inspirational messages on each tree for guests to read and reflect on, and a sandy beach where people could have picnics to refresh, re-calibrate, and rejuvenate. Long story short, I bought twelve acres of land right in front of Lake Victoria, built a personal house right in front of the lake, constructed a training center, bought a boat to ferry forty people at a time across the lake, built small houses for renting, developed an orchard filled with 1500 exotic seedless orange trees, a camping site, and a poultry farm of 7000 birds, developed a beautiful lawn and had inspirational words on various trees. It was a beautiful place, especially when I visited it and imbibed the sights and sounds of the area. I also used the property over the weekends to receive and welcome visitors, friends, and family. There were significant challenges along the way in developing that piece of property. What kept me going was I continuously reminded myself of the good I wanted to do with the place, the joy I would bring to people, the lives I would impact as a result of this facility, and so on. I kept the dream alive till I was ready to sell the property to move to North America.
Keep your dreams alive because if you don’t no one else will.