It’s Important to Have Dreams, Even if They Don’t Come True
Creating an idealized vision of life brings both risk and reward
To achieve your dreams, you must embrace adversity and make failure a regular part of your life. If you’re not failing, you’re probably not really moving forward. — John C. Maxwell
Most of us believe having something to look forward to — and be excited about — is a necessary component in providing the mental and emotional assurance that we’re working toward a better “someday.”
But what happens when those dreams fail to materialize?
Was the time wasted? Not really.
There’s something intrinsically stimulating about imagining how wonderful our future realities will be based on our own needs, wants, and desires. The process is a reflection of what we think is still missing in our lives — those aspects we hope one day will come true.
On the plus side, being aware we have the ability to envision better circumstances is the sign of an optimistic mindset. Because those dreams represent the confidence we have in ourselves to move toward a positive, more fulfilling existence.
How can we be optimistic about life when our dreams don’t pan out?
Keep reading with a 7-day free trial
Subscribe to Real Life to keep reading this post and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives.