Perhaps you dream of writing a book.
Maybe you imagine yourself learning to play a musical instrument, taking up a new career, or even starting a new relationship?
What are you going to do, one day?
The thing is, these probably sound like gigantic projects.
Perhaps they feel nice but impossible.
The kind of mission you might contemplate on a good day, but on a bad day… well, no.
And this is unfortunate.
If the days are dark and despairing, having a goal such as this could be just what you need, but when life has dealt you a poor hand it’s hard to find enough enthusiasm to work out what you’re going to have for breakfast, let alone to embark on some kind of life-changing journey.
Dreaming of beginning something, but believing you can’t, is frustrating.
Imagining it but dismissing it might even make you feel even worse than you were before.
Is there a solution then?
You know, I think there might just be.
What’s the smallest chunk of your dream that you could bite off right now?
I’m thinking about fifteen minutes, no more.
In fact, definitely only fifteen minutes: you must absolutely stop after a quarter of an hour.
You’ll only achieve a tiny amount.
Perhaps you’ll find an exercise book, write ‘My Book’ on its cover and ‘Chapter 1’ on its first blank page.
Maybe you’ll use Google to find someone nearby who teaches the ukulele (you never know, it might be your thing).
Alternatively, you could invest your precious minutes in phoning a friend who knows more about the new career you dream of.
Or (steady now) check out an online dating site, evening class or local walking group.
You might not believe you’ve done much, but in fact you’ve taken a huge step: the first step, always the hardest.
And miraculously your goal is no longer a dream, but something on which you’re actively working.
Have a go.
And please do let me know when your book comes out.