As children, we always had the time and imagination to dream. At that young age, life seemed to have so many opportunities and we could afford to believe that all those dreams were achievable if we just believed in them enough.
But as you get older, sometimes we forget to dream. We get so caught up in education, careers and family life that the realm of possibility seems to get narrower – which at times can be a frightening prospect.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take a look at any number of success stories of people who have started at what seemed like a disadvantage and against the odds have achieved all manner of success.
Here are five points these kinds of people, at some point or other, have recognized.
1. Know The Dream
You may have lost sight by now of what it was that you always wanted to achieve. So you need to focus and regain that insight that came so naturally as a child.
You should write it down to make it more tangible. Once you’ve got it down on paper, you will see it for what it is more clearly. Be sure to make a mental note of what is actually achievable at this stage.
It’s no use aiming for something that is simply beyond the realms of possibility at this moment. But a good rule is that if you can use your imagination to visualize yourself living in the dream and it does not seem completely absurd, then you can set about making that picture a reality.
2. Clear The Way
The first and biggest barrier to achieving your dream is YOU. Far too often you will find people who dream big but will shrug and say it will never happen.
We make excuses as to why we won’t get to where we truly want to go, believing that somehow we are born at a disadvantage. Think about all those people who have challenged their perceived disadvantages and made something truly wonderful of their lives.
Tell as many people as possible about your dream. You’ll find that those who truly care about you will find ways to remove obstacles and help you cultivate good habits while getting rid of bad ones.
3. Plan To Succeed
You’ve written your dream down so why not take it to the next stage?
Planning and organizing your dreams means you are committing to do whatever it takes to get there. We like a sense of achievement so it’s wise to break down achieving your dream into smaller steps. The journey towards success means achieving greater and greater things.
Focusing on the present goal doesn’t mean you’ll lose sight of your ultimate goal, it just means it’s getting closer.
4. Accept That It Won’t Always Be Straightforward
One of the biggest teachers in life is failure. So you must embrace it and learn from it if or when it comes.
Failure in one aspect is not necessarily defeat – it gives you the chance to regroup and approach a problem with a better sense of the pitfalls you might encounter.
Those people you told about your dream can help you get here. They will guide you, tell you about ways in which you might have tackled a particular problem. Accept their constructive criticism and you will go back with new tools to get to where you want to go.
5. Enjoy The Journey
The steps towards getting to where you want to go are your personal story. Like all stories, the journey is the fun part, and once you’ve achieved your goal and are moving on to the next, you can use your story to help others achieve their own dreams!