Gain your dream's benefits
TACTIC: Find a way to gain some aspects of your dream today.
For example, you might want to spend more time gardening. Designate this Saturday or your next day off from work as your gardening day. Then get up early that day and act just as if you could to that full time. Perhaps gardening full time every Saturday for several weeks will give you an insight into your dream.
When your dream truly reflects your desires, you will get up in the morning like a child at Christmas--you will barely able to contain your excitement. The converse is also true: procrastination is a warning sign that you aren't doing something close to your heart.
Be ready for your break
CASE STUDY: Kevin loves snowboarding in Colorado.
TACTIC: Be alert and ready for opportunities.
The exciting thing about having a dream is that it may come true. But you may be so surprised when you get a chance at your dream that you are not ready to act. Prepare yourself for sudden opportunities.
In business, sports, the arts, entertainment, and almost any profession, there are "breaks"--opportunities for work that suddenly come up. To get a "break," let your network of people who know your dream grow. This may raise the probability you will get a break.
When you do get a break, be ready to take advantage of it. For example, if you are an actor, have some monologues memorized and be ready to perform them on the spot--you never know when you are going to get stuck in an elevator with a casting director.