I am no expert on this topic. Many of my dreams are sleeping. I feel their weight pulling me, but I don't feel like they are strong enough to bring out into the light. It feels premature. Maybe you can relate.
I've been thinking a lot about achieving goals and fulfilling dreams.
When is the right time?
Now is always the right time.
There is never a wrong time to follow your dreams. Sometimes the steps we need to take are tiny and require minimal effort -- post to social media, call someone up, or take a walk. But, we don't take those tiny steps because we feel the weight of the whole dream behind them. It's like pushing up against a wall -- if we fail at this tiny step, we fail at the whole dream.
It is easier to not act at all. Preserve your dream and your integrity. Let that dream sleep because when it is sleeping, it is still "potential" and it could be anything.
But there is nothing more painful than dead potential that gnaws away at your soul. Unrealized dreams will do that if you don't take the initial steps.
I've concluded that:
Achieving a dream is not a monumental resolution; it is a path composed of tiny steps.
Do whatever you can to bring your dreams into the light where they belong.
"BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?
JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be."
Your bliss is not simply what you enjoy doing. Your "bliss" is the dream that compels you to move forward. Following it may not be easy. It may be uncomfortable, but it is worth it. Your bliss is what makes your life matter.
Do not let your dreams sleep.
- Joseph Campbell quote taken from the Joseph Campbell Foundation