Following big dreams isn’t easy—and figuring out where to start can be the hardest part. Believe it or not, even mindfulness superstar Gabrielle Bernstein has been there. Not long ago, the self-help phenom knew she was ready for something different, but there was no clear path ahead. Here’s how this Well+Good Council member started the life-changing journey that would eventually turn her into a best-selling author and wildly popular speaker. Take notes—her three-step plan might just make your dreams come true.

How many inspiring, cool, and creative ideas have you put on the back burner of your mind because you don’t know how to take action on them?

I know what it’s like to feel called to do something. Fifteen years ago, I felt called to be a teacher. I had a deep desire to lead, heal, and make an impact on the world. But I didn’t know how to turn my dreams into a reality. And I already had a job—I worked in public relations. My work kept me really busy!

But I couldn’t ignore this call. So I trusted that my desire and willingness were enough to clear the path. One day at a time, I took small, right actions toward my dreams.

Those small right actions added up in a major way. And that’s what I want to talk about with you today. How can you start acting on that idea you’ve been dreaming about, meditating on, and talking about with your friends at brunch?

No matter how big your idea may be, transforming it into your reality comes down to 3 simple, powerful steps.

Step 1: Think it

You may have been avoiding thinking about your dream too much. When you don’t know how to act on it, thinking about it can feel frustrating. But that changes now.

Begin thinking the thoughts of the highest good for your vision. Every day, think your way into what you want to create. Consciously think about your dream in positive ways. Your thoughts are very powerful because they affect how you feel. Which brings us to step 2.

Step 2: Feel it

Allow yourself to really feel what it would be like to be doing what you’re dreaming of. What does it feel like to be on your dream career path? To do the work in the world you’ve been longing to bring forth? To spread an empowering message?

The most powerful way to do this is through meditation. For a few minutes every day, sit in meditation and let yourself cultivate the feeling of what you desire. Visualize the details. Don’t hold back. Revel in that good feeling.

This is such a game-changing practice. The feelings that come forth in your meditations will manifest in your life.

Step 3: Take spiritually aligned action

This is the step that might freak you out. That’s because we take action from a place of ego. We think we have to hustle and make things happen. We push and control and obsess. Then, when we run into obstacles, our ego pipes up with defeating thoughts like, “Come on, what did you think would happen? Who do you think you are? This is unrealistic.” And that big dream is once again put on the back burner.

That’s why it’s so important to take the first two steps before you get into action. Practicing these steps gets you synced up with the energy of the Universe. As a result, you feel a level of confidence that you may not be able to access with your logical mind. Once you are aligned, begin taking small right actions. Simply taking one action each day toward your dream is incredibly powerful. Trust that you are exactly where you need to be and take spiritually aligned action every day.

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