Achieving your dream

Achieving your dream is never going to be easy. I know too well how things can happen and life can get in the way. There’s no list of set rules of how to achieve your dream, but there are a few things you can do to help you get there.

  1. Think about what your dreams are

It would be great if we could just devote our lives to realising our dreams, but real life will always come first. Take a step back from the rush of daily life and devote some time to yourself. Find a nice, quiet place where you can have a think to yourself and reflect on what it is you want to achieve. You may remember something from a while ago that you’ve never actively pursued or you may remember a childhood dream that would be worth chasing. It’s important to have these moments to yourself, otherwise you’re not going to have a clear idea of what it is you want.

  1. Be determined

Dreams don’t achieve themselves. If you want to achieve something, you have to put in the hard work necessary. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out and sometimes you’ll feel like it’s never going to happen, but you have to always be determined, no matter what. Make a sort of reminder and keep it somewhere you’ll see it regularly; if you dream of visiting a particular country, for example, you could have a photo of that country on your desk at work. You’ll be regularly reminded of what you’re aiming for and it will keep motivating you to work for it.

  1. Choose the right path

With being an artist, for example, there are many different paths you could take that could lead to you becoming an artist. Sometimes you will find yourself having to decide between several different choices – which do you go for? When you can’t decide, think about what stands the greater chance of getting you there, even if it isn’t quick and easy. Sometimes you have to put in a lot of time and effort for things to start happening.  Having said that, there are advantages in everything, so do consider all your options carefully before making that decision.

  1. Know what you’re doing

It goes without saying that you have to have at least some idea of how you’re going to achieve your dream. If you have no idea how you’re going to do it, get some research done and see what options there are for you. A good thing to do is to speak to people who are further ahead than you in whatever it is you’re pursuing. Be organised and draw up a few different plans of what you could be doing. You have to be doing something, even if it’s just taking the first step, because doing nothing isn’t going to get you anywhere.

  1. Don’t feel rushed

It can take a lot of time and effort to realise your dreams, so don’t get too down if you haven’t reached your goals yet. It’s important to understand that these things can take a lot of time. Don’t be impatient and don’t get frustrated, otherwise you won’t be in the right frame of mind to achieve anything and you’ll burn out. Part of the joy of having a dream is enjoying the time it takes to realise that dream; it’s better to make small steps towards something rather than large strides.

  1. Remember to step back every now and then

It’s great if you have a dream and you’re focused on achieving it. What’s even greater is if you can take a step back every now and then. If you devote all of your energy to something, it’s going to take over your life and drain you. What you need is something else to focus on every once in a while – make time for hobbies and things that aren’t directly linked to your goals. Your dream shouldn’t take over your entire life, instead it should enrich different areas of your life. Even pursuing your dream can benefit your life in different ways, so don’t forget about other aspects of your life.

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