Do you have a dream, or do you have a vision?
Two similar nouns, but very different realities. Think about it - dreams occur when you are sleeping. Most times you are not in control of your dreams and may not even remember what you saw once you wake up. On the other hand, visions occur when you are awake. Your eyes are fully opened. And you definitely remember what happened.
The definition of a dream is a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep. The definition of a vision is the faculty or state of being able to see. So if dreams only occur during sleep, why would I want to base my forward steps on that? A vision ensures that action takes place. Vision requires wisdom and foresight.
Dreams almost remove your control as well. If you dream up something, rarely are you in control of the outcome which makes it difficult to solidify real plans. When you have vision, you are using your consciousness to establish a set of real goals to fulfill.
So how does this relate to real life? Many of us I’m sure had dreams of accomplishing amazing things in our lives. How many of those dreams actually came true? Probably not many if you have yet to graduate from dreamer to visionary.
Don’t fault yourself for still being a student in the school of self-fulfillment. It takes work to transition from a dreamer to a visionary. It takes discipline and action. It takes discernment and grit. You have to know that you will achieve what it is you want. You can’t just believe it could happen. Changing this mindset also takes a level of accountability. Nobody can go out and get it for you. If you lack the preparation, organization, or commitment to your vision, it will not happen.