Chances are you’ve got a few dreams floating around in your head that you’d one day like to turn into reality. For many people, this their Bucket List of places to visit and things to experience. It might also be that dream career you’ve been talking about since high school, or the skill you been talking about trying to master when you’ve got the time (that’d be ‘Learn Spanish’ on my To Do list).
It’s not always realistic or even possibly to complete everything we think we might want to do one day. Other times, our dreams get replaced by new, more meaningful ones.
But if there’s some dream that you’ve had kicking around your head for ages, but you’ve not yet followed through with it, then here are some steps to take to turn that dream into reality.
Break Your Goal Down into Steps
Often we don’t go after a goal because it just seems too big and scary and we don’t know where to start. This ends up paralysing you into inaction and instead you stay put in your current situation.
So if your dream is to trek through South America for six months, think about what steps you would need to take to make that a reality. Step 1 might be ‘research route options’. Then the next step would be, ‘work out budget and set up automatic saving plan‘.
By breaking down your dream into actionable steps, it won’t seem so scary or difficult. As you knock down each step, your dream will slowly become an actual, real think that you are going to do and before you know it you’ll be on a plane for the trip of a lifetime. Awesomesauce!
Turn Your Actions Into Habits
So you have this idea that you’d like to start your own business selling your jewelry at the markets and online. But as of right now you’ve done absolutely diddly because that would involve actually setting up a website and making a bunch of necklaces.
Hey lady, #truthbomb coming at you – if you don’t make time for your dream then nothing is going to happen.
So if you want to start a business/learn another language/become the world’s best finger puppeteer then you’ve got to start working on it every single day. Schedule that time into your diary and start making it a habit.
It’ll be hard at first, but if you work on it a little bit each day, before you know it you’ll actually look forward to that time.
Give Up Those Productivity Time-Sucks
So confession time: I love, love, loooove those crime dramas on television. Law & Order, CSI, Criminal Minds – all of them.
You might not have a tele-crime obsession, but perhaps you love reading trashy magazines in the bath (hey, no judgement), or playing Minecraft (isn’t that what the cool kids are doing?).
Whatever it is, you’re going to have to do a little less of it if you want to make time for your big-hairy-goals.
That might mean no television during the week. Or devoting Saturdays to working on your goal.
But remember to treat yourself to your indulgences every now and then. ‘Cos all work and no play, and all that.
Tell me what big goals you’ve got floating around your head. Is 2015 going to be the year you make it happen?
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