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How to be Successful with the D.R.E.A.M Approach

Updated: Jan 11

By: Megan Sanchez

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you
the strength, the patience, and the passion
to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman

Some people refer to it as a “calling”, others recognize it as a “deep feeling” within themselves.

All recognise that, at a certain point in their lives, their “passion” makes them unique and has the potential to make the world a better place.

If you are reading this, you probably have felt this feeling at least once in your life.

If you are reading this, at least once in your life you have been determined to setting up a mental map to make that passion of yours manifest itself.

Making an intangible idea or dream become true and tangible is not a science, and there are many diverse variables that will determine someone’s success.

However, the aim of this article is to share with you a quick acronym and method that can act as a base mental map reminding you of why having a dream is worth it.

The D.R.E.A.M method’s purpose is to crystallize the essentials needed for motivation and manifestation of your dreams so that you don’t give up.

D - Desires and Dreams

Desire, decide, dream, deadline

The first part of the D.R.E.A.M method stands for determining desires.

In order to achieve a dream, you should know what desire it derives from.

By analyzing your desires, you can:

  1. Decide precisely what you want, how you want it, and why you do.

  2. Set a deadline and make a plan to get there.

“D” therefore draws emphasis on aknowledging and analysing a desire, deciding how to implement the desire, and creating a deadline so the dream is more attainable.

R - Relationship factors

Healthy friendships are the best friendships

The “R” part of D.R.E.A.M stands for something that indirectly affects you, and, therefore, should be given attention to – your relationships.

Relationships can include:

a) friends

b) family

c) work relationships

d) romantic partners

In this part, it would be great to determine if any of these relationships are healthy or toxic.

If some people are already jumping in your mind upon reading the word “toxic”, chances are you are ready to consider removing negative relationships that are holding you back in life.

Removing negative relationships is not the only choice, however.

Mending, curating, evolving and communicating with your loved ones are all key activities that help a relationship foster and help determine who should stay in your circle.

Relationships, therefore, really are a big factor in your life that will determine and influence your present and future success.

Many of the most influential people who have reached their dreams, including CEOs like Warren Buffett, celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and best-selling authors like Dr. Brené Brown will often reiterate the following phrase:

“you are the average of the 5 people you hang around with the most; choose wisely”.

E - Environment

A clean beach is like a clean school or a clean workdesk or a clean home

Like relationships, environments may also be healthy or toxic.

Beaches, countries, cities, schools, houses, work ambiances, universities.... the list goes on...

Any physical space that is inhibiting you from developing your full potential should be reflected upon, and if possible, changed.

The process of “elimination” should probably not be regarded in an extreme way.

Eliminating everything and everyone from your life might be just as toxic as keeping everyone and everything there.

However, weighing out the extremely toxic environments or people can truly contribute to a healthier path where you can manifest the correct energy that is in line with your dreams.

A - Action

Action gets things done

Implement action on your plan; do something every day that gets you closer to your goal.

In advance, remind yourself that failure is part of the process.

Decide that you will persist until you succeed and that you will never, ever give up.

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

M - Meditate, Manifest, Motivate, Mean it


Always seek out room for self improvement by meditating on your circumstances and figuring out how to optimise yourself, your relationships, your environment, and your dream.

Meditation can also come in the form of physical activity like prayer, karate, a sport, dancing or anything else that can keep your mind, body and soul balanced and healthy.


Do something every day that can be in the form of a prayer, a dance, a motto, an Instagram live session, a poem, a piece of art, singing, writing... anything that puts out energy into the world about you and your dream.


Tell other people about your dream, listen to theirs, give and take advice with open ears.

Life is also about giving, and probably more giving compared to taking.

Mean it

Be sincere about whatever it is you are trying to accomplish and stick to it.

CEO of Valuetainment and multimillionaire, Patrick Bet David, says you will be better off sticking to one dream at a time compared to dream hopping.

“Meaning it” is basically another way of saying “be loyal to your dream”, don’t “cheat on it” with other ideas.

Even if your dream doesn’t realise itself immediately, it makes more sense to put 100% of your energy into one task, because in the long run it will be what you know best and your dream will have no other choice but to become your reality.

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

- Colin Powell

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

- Walt Disney


Do you like our D.R.E.A.M approach as a quick mental map to keep you motivated to keep chasing your dream?

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Check out Matthew McConaughey’s motivational speech given to neo-graduates of the University of Houston below for extra momentum!


Megan Sanchez is Founder and CEO of EVMO News.

She's authored 47 publications, grew up in 4 countries and studied 7 languages.

She leads the EVMO journalism team, coming up with new methods of writing for journalism; she designs EVMO Fashion, content creates IG, FB, LinkedIn and Twitter EVMO social media, and runs the Marketing Masterclass: Mega Wins With Megan.

Her areas of interest in writing focus on psychology, languages, self-help, art, political science, poetry, marketing, advertising, and making the world a better place.

Her favorite intellectuals include Freud, Jung, Plato, Foucault, Derrida, Edward Said, Lera Boroditsky, and Dr. Brené Brown.

Her favorite marketing mentors include Kat Coroy, Dan Henry and Ariel Adams.

Megan graduated with "summa cum laude" honors in her BA in International Relations & Global Politics (2017),"magna cum laude" in 2 MSc Marketing (2019, 2023) and won the President's Award of Academic Excellence bestowed by Barack Obama in (2011) through ACS.

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