From Dreamer To Doer: The Journey To Success

Nancy Dadami
5 min readMay 26, 2024


From Dreamer To Doer: The Journey To Success

How Do You Go From Dreamer To Doer?

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t — you’re right.” This famous quote by Henry Ford highlights the power of mindset.

Your beliefs shape your reality by guiding your dreams and actions.

Mindset, dreaming, and taking action are connected. You’ll meet Michelle, a new entrepreneur on a journey from dreaming to doing, as an example. You’ll gain insights and practical steps to stay positive and turn your dreams into reality.

Understanding Mindset

Mindset is what you believe about yourself and the world. A fixed mindset is firm thinking that talents and abilities are set in stone. This mindset causes people to hold back, avoid challenges, and fear failure.

A growth mindset is open and believes you can improve with effort. This leads to embracing challenges, learning from mistakes, and continuing to take action.

Research shows a growth mindset makes you more resilient and prosperous. You have a broader perspective and a positive outlook. By choosing a growth mindset, you open yourself to possibilities.

The Role of Dreaming

Dreams are the seeds of your goals. They inspire you and give you direction. Dreaming lets you imagine your best life. When you visualize your goals, you easily create a clear path. Stories of people who achieved great things often start with a dream.

Remember, no dream is too big if you pursue it with passion.

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Case Study: From Dreamer to Doer — The Journey of a New Entrepreneur

Dreaming big is key for entrepreneurs. Every success story begins with a dream. But true magic happens when you turn dreams into actions.

Let’s look at Michelle, a new entrepreneur with a vision to create a unique coffee shop that promotes local art and culture.

For years, Michelle imagined a place where people could enjoy great coffee surrounded by local art. But it wasn’t until Michelle started acting on her dream that things began to change.

What is your big dream? Are you ready to make it happen?

From Dreaming to Planning

To move from dreaming to doing, you need clear, actionable goals. Dreams give direction, but goals are your roadmap.

Michelle set SMART goals — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

She broke down the dream into small, manageable steps. For instance, the first goal was to secure a location within six months and connect with local artists for collaborations.

A good plan is like a blueprint. It shows you the steps to take, the resources you need, and potential challenges. Planning helps you be ready for obstacles, not just react to them.

Michelle’s plan included researching the market, designing the café layout, and building a network of local artists and suppliers. Anticipating potential challenges, like funding and finding the right location, she devised strategies to address them.

Set SMART goals for your dream. Break your goals down into small steps. You can do this.

Taking Action

Taking action brings your dreams to life. The first step is often the hardest, but it’s crucial. Start small. Take one step at a time. Each small action builds momentum. And momentum makes it easier to keep going. Follow your step-by-step plan with action and you will reach your goals.

Celebrate small wins — they are the building blocks of more significant success. Acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how small gives you the confidence to keep going.

Michelle started by scouting for potential locations and reaching out to artists. Each small action moved her closer to her dream, from selecting a venue to organizing initial art displays.

Celebrating each milestone, Michelle knew every step counted.

Each victory, no matter how small, inspires you to keep going. What small action will you take today?

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Accountability and Support

Accountability is critical to becoming a doer. Share your goals with a mentor or partner. They provide motivation, advice, and feedback.

Accountability partners keep you on track, especially when things get tough.

Michelle joined a local business network and connected with other entrepreneurs. Their support and feedback were vital, helping her stay motivated and focused.

What kind of accountability works best for you? Mentoring, community, partner? How will you get started?

Embracing Resilience and Adaptability

Resilience and adaptability are essential. The path from dreamer to doer isn’t straight. It is more like moving forward, getting stalled, and moving forward again. There will be setbacks.

Successful people aren’t immune to failure. They learn from it and keep going. They see challenges as growth opportunities and are willing to adjust plans. You can learn, adjust, and keep going.

Michelle faced many setbacks, like delays in securing permits and changes in the café design. But her resilience kept the project moving forward.

Adjusting plans and learning from each challenge, Michelle stayed committed to her vision.

Next Success Steps

The gap between dreams and reality is connected by action.

Start today.

  • Choose to have a growth (open) mindset
  • Define and capture your big dream.
  • Make a plan by setting SMART goals. Break your goals into small actionable steps.
  • Take action with small steps. Success builds momentum to keep you going.
  • Choose an accountability plan supporting you — a mentor, partner, or community.
  • Remember, adjusting plans and learning from each challenge keeps you resilient.

Take that first step, then another, and another. Soon, your dreams will become real.

Here’s to your journey from dreaming to doing. May your actions today build the foundation for your success tomorrow.

You may be interested in reading “Create Opportunities With A Growth Mindset” and “Mindset Secret: Develop A Growth Mindset.”

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Nancy Dadami is an Intentional Creativity Guide, Feng Shui Specialist, and cheerleader for your dreams. Her passion is to empower seekers, conscious creators, healers, and entrepreneurs called to expansion, education, and freedom. This results in living the best version of themselves, creating a life of abundance, self-awareness, purpose, and inner peace. Subscribe to my newsletter.



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