Whether it’s buying a new home, planning a wedding or going on that vacation you’ve been wanting to take, everyone has dreams. Making these dreams into reality is exciting. Challenges arise, but when the going gets tough, it’s important to remember that what’s holding you back may be a matter of perspective.
When planning, you must not only keep your eye on the goal, but also remain present and able to focus on the moment. E.L. Doctorow compares it to driving a car at night: “You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
There’s no secret to changing your mindset; people do it every day. The following eight ways just might help you achieve your dreams, too.
- If it’s worth talking about, it’s worth doing — This is the first step toward achieving your lifelong dreams. Draw up some initial plans, write down your goals and talk to friends and loved ones about the first steps you need to take to get started.
- Be realistic — It’s important to dream big, but your eyes may be bigger than your stomach. Be honest about what’s possible and dream within your limits.
- Remain confident — Know that you can do this. Don’t listen to your fears because they don’t reflect reality. Capitalize on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. Tell yourself every day, out loud, that you can make your dreams a reality.
- Create a sense of urgency — Yes, you can probably put off doing this or that until a later date, but be warned, procrastination is an easy trap to fall into. Take care of things as if you’re on a deadline and you'll feel energized.
- Create opportunities — You can’t wait around for someone to come knocking with a solution that will make all your dreams come true (if they do, run!). Seek out opportunities. If you can’t find any, make them. Embrace challenges, because oftentimes they become the best opportunities.
- Maintain your resilience — There will be challenges, that’s just the truth. No one achieves their dreams through plain old luck. They do so through hard work and resilience. Keep this in mind when you’re feeling worn out and remember, you’re not alone! Feeling this way is perfectly normal.
- Continually strive for improvement. Even when you accomplish something great, process what you learned from the experience and apply it to future endeavors. Keep moving and keep improving!
- Sleep well. It has been said that 90 percent of the world’s problems could be solved if everyone were able to get a good night’s sleep. If you ever feel overwhelmed and like you can’t go on, maybe you just need a full night’s sleep.