I want to share a few words about what I’ve been doing lately. If you read my thoughts about how dreams come true, you already know that I have launched a Vegetarian festival in Norway.
I want to talk about dreams and goal setting. Every single person I know has dreams. But, I am not sure if I know a single person who is chasing their dreams, and are planning how to make their dreams come true. There are many reasons why people don’t recognize their dreams, and there are even more reasons why people don’t follow their passion and end up living their dreams. To me, launching a Vegetarian festival has been a dream, but only for a few months – not since I was a little kid.
I have a lot of dreams, and every time I find something I’m really passionate about, I stop and think about it for a moment, before I decide to do something about it. I always take action – by start planning, or by just adding my dream to my archive (so I can start working on it when I’m ready).
When I got the idea about the Vegetarian festival, I started out asking myself the question; what is it? I described the Vegetarian festival to myself – the dream. I pictured the result, where it should be, and how it would look and everything I could imagine.
Then, I asked myself; why? I was launching a Vegetarian festival, because I really want people to understand what a vegetarian/vegan is, and what we eat. And, I really want it to become easier to be a vegetarian/vegan in Norway. It’s still very hard to get a decent vegetarian meal at a restaurant in Norway. I believe that the world will be a better place if more people eat vegetarian food. I’m not going to go into all the details, but you probably get my point.
The next question I asked myself is; how will I feel when I accomplish it? Just by asking myself this question, I started to feel really good. It was a feeling that it was hard to describe, but it was everywhere inside me. I was smiling. I was warm. I was cold. Just thinking about this feeling, makes me want to continue forever.
I had answered all three questions, and my answers told me that I really wanted to do this. So, my next question was; how will I get there? I started planning, and I talked to friends and I started working with some of the best people around. Planning was a very important part of making the dream come true.
Finally, I added another component to the goal setting. I was going to be flexible. I know from experience, that a lot can happen that it’s close to impossible to plan. For instance, we had no control over the weather, it could be really cold and it could be raining all day. We had to think about what we would be doing in many different situations. And, that’s why we had to work with like-minded people, people who are flexible and ready for anything.
Right now, I’m thinking that I’m one of the happiest people alive. That good feeling, that I’ve accomplished my dream, is still inside me, and I don’t think that it’ll ever go away. I’m not sure how many people arrived at the Vegetarian festival, but the local newspaper had an article that said it was more than 3,000 people at the festival. But, it doesn’t matter how many people visited the festival, what mattered was that I didn’t see one person that didn’t smile. And, everywhere I looked, people were eating vegetarian food and they were happy.