You have a job, it pays the bills. You have a roof over your head. You have transportation. You have your family. What more could there be in life? What more could there be to YOUR life? You are perfectly content, right? Get up every morning, go to work, come home, have dinner, watch a little television, go to bed, wake up and do it all over again. There is nothing to fear in that. But wait….
Is this your dream life? You see, your heart is your true voice. Your mind will lead you astray only because it has been conditioned this way, most likely from birth. Your mind has been conditioned to believe that you aren’t good enough, that your dreams are just that, dreams. Your mind will tell you to fear what your heart yearns for the most. It is this fear that will keep you from realizing your dreams.
You don’t have to worry though, because it is never too late to begin on the journey to your dreams. You will be wondering why you haven’t been doing this your whole life. Let’s get started….
Clearly Define Your Dreams
Now, what I mean by this is to set some time aside, 30-45 minutes should be enough. Write what comes to your mind or what has always been there but you have been ignoring or have been too afraid to put into words. Whatever your dream, your goal, your desire is, write it down. Make sure you spend plenty of time on this step because you will put this list where it is visible to you every – this is the most important step.
This seems pretty self-explanatory, but is it really? This will not be a waste of time, but one of the most important things you can do in obtaining and reaching your goals and dreams (thus second on this list). This practice (ultimately a habit) is simple but profound and here is what you need to do.
The dream that you wish for the most, think of it now, close your eyes and put yourself in that dream. Physically place yourself there. Smell the smells around you, feel the sun, the breeze. See every detail from the people around you, the flowers, the beach, the streets, the animals. Hear the sounds, the waves crashing, the trees blowing in the breeze, the birds chirping, the music playing, the rain falling. Whatever your dream, totally immerse yourself in your scenario. Completely lose yourself, take 5 minutes and try it now…….
The feelings and emotions you will receive from this habit will propel you to take action, and action will make these dreams a reality. Do you see why this is so important now?
Without action, nothing is possible. Sure, there is chance and chance does happen on occasion, but do you really want to leave your life and your dreams to chance?
The number one action you can take right this second is to stop procrastinating. You have to stop putting off till tomorrow what you want done today. You can never get yesterday, that moment, back again. The actions do not have to be big actions. They can be as simple as writing one sentence, one word or as grandiose as selling all your belongings and travelling the world. The complexity of the action is not what matters; it is the action itself that matters. Action propels, it motivates, it stimulates, and it moves you one step closer to your goals and dreams.
Be Consistent – Be Diligent
It is often said that just about the time someone gives up on their dreams or goals is just the moment those goals and dreams were going to become reality. Successful athletes don’t train for one day and become the best in their field. Most times these athletes have been practicing, training and honing their craft for years, often times, most of their lives. They are successful because they are consistent and diligent with the same daily activities day in and day out.
So, whatever your means of “getting there”, they have to be done on a daily basis with the same consistency and the same diligence in order for them to become reality. It will not happen overnight, anything worth obtaining or doing rarely does. It could take years, but the key here is to never give up; giving up should never be an option. You will get discouraged. When this happens, step back, take five, ten minutes or take a day to decompress. Take some time for yourself, do something that fills you with joy. Remember why you started this journey in the first place and you will see your attitude and spirit change, and you will be revitalized.
There are many, many ways of getting to where you want to go or where you want to be. You may find that a certain set of actions that you have grown accustomed to doing daily suddenly do not seem to be working or they do not seem to “feel” right any longer.
There are no set in stone rules that you have to abide by or follow to be successful. If you see that something is not working any longer take some time to reevaluate what you could do to change it. Think about it from all angles, all views. Take some time to readjust your plan. It is a necessity to be flexible and something that you will not be able to avoid if you want to be successful in obtaining your dreams.
Without even realizing, you are right now squashing that fear you have in following your dreams. While you have been reading this, you have had no fear. Think about it…. You were built to follow and build your dreams. You are more than capable, now take action.
Do you now feel able to follow your dreams with belief and courage? Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the advice given here.
Teresa Garcia is a former corporate 9 to 5’er and Mom of three who left that world behind in September of 2015 to pursue her dreams and goals. She started her own business in order to help anyone she can in realizing their goals and dreams. Her 45 years of life and experience enable her to have a unique insight to what her clients are feeling and needing. She is on a journey to inspire and empower anyone she comes into contact with. The plan every day is to live life to the fullest and with ridiculous joy.