Is there something that you've always wanted to do? Something that you've dreamed about for as long as you can remember? You have a dream but have no idea what to do and where to start? You've been at a standstill and want to now make your dreams a reality? Today I want to share a few tips on how you can fulfill your dreams.
1. Find a dream you want to fulfill. Some people seem to be born knowing what they want to do with their lives, while others wonder whether they have any talents at all. If you fall into the latter category, trust me, you do have talents. You just need to uncover what they are. When we can clarify and combine what we are good at with what we enjoy doing, we can create a dream worth achieving. Regardless of whether you know what you want to do or not, take the Myers-Briggs test. This is based on Carl Jung’s philosophy that there are 16 distinct personality types. Not everyone is meant for every job, and knowing exactly what personality type you are will help you to understand why you might feel really fulfilled in one career and absolutely miserable in another.
2. Research and learn from your mistakes. When you have failed in the past, perhaps while trying your hand at something different or even trying to achieve the exact same dream you’re going for this time around, why didn’t it work out? Own your mistakes. Sure, sometimes things don’t work out due to external circumstances, but often the outcome would have been altered if we had or hadn’t made a certain choice. Get real with yourself and identify the patterns. Why didn’t you succeed and what can you do differently now?
3. Ask for help, if needed. At a bare minimum, everyone should have a mentor. Who inspires you in your community? Reach out to him or her and request a meeting. Usually people are more than happy to talk about themselves and help others to avoid the same mistakes they made. A mentor will have a wealth of information and resources that you can take advantage of, so you can skip the arduous process of trying to figure it all out on your own! Remember, the most successful people had help on their journeys. Whether you need help in the form of classes and lessons, a business loan, or even babysitting, admit that you can’t do this all on your own. If you try to juggle everything, something will suffer. (And our friends and family members aren’t mind readers!)
4. Choose a realistic deadline. Once you’ve decided on a dream and discussed the necessary course of action with a mentor, set an achievable deadline. Take your current circumstances into account. If you have kids, it may take longer to make this a reality. The same goes for if you have to punch a clock at a full-time job. It’s important that you hold yourself accountable on the road to success, but by picking an unrealistic deadline, you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment.
5. Stay focused on your dreams. You know what you want, you know why you failed in the past, you have people to call to help keep you on the right path, and you have a deadline to work towards. Now, you need to avoid distractions and burnout. Schedule self-care so that you can rest when you’re tired, instead of quitting. If you have a history of quitting, of getting distracted, of changing your mind when the going gets tough, or even self-sabotage, tell your mentors and friends in advance and ask that they help to hold you accountable when they start seeing signs of these old habits. (This is where being aware of your past mistakes comes in handy.) Sign up for a conference in your chosen industry so you can network with others and return home with new strategies and a fresh perspective.
With these tips you too can make your dreams a reality!