When was the last time you have followed your intuition? The last time you fulfilled your dreams and freed your instincts? We live in a society that dictates us what we should or should not do. We live in a world that knows too many boundaries and limits our imagination. To create, develop, extend, innovate, we must let go – let go of fear, doubts, or panic. We must accept what happens in our lives and realize there is no way to change it.
Walt Disney once said, “Believe in your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem.” And look what he’s created – a world full of magic, creativity, and love. As cliché as it might sound, believing in our dreams means letting go of everything that stops us from letting go.
Pursuing our dreams should not be something out of the ordinary. We should listen to ourselves and follow our hearts. If you’ve always wanted to become an artist, become an artist. If you’ve always wanted to fly to the moon, fly to the moon. Nothing is stopping you from reaching your purpose! Look at children – they believe they’re able to do anything. And they can do anything; but that’s because they believe it.
Now look at you – can you believe you can follow your dreams? Here’s how.
1. Map Out a Plan
First of all, you should design a detailed plan for your goals. But first, brainstorm. Ask yourself –
- What dream do I have? What is my true passion?
- How is this dream helping me evolve?
- What impact will it have on my life? Be specific.
- Will I become a better person if I follow this plan?
- Do I have the necessary skills?
- Why do I want to pursue this goal and not another?
After you’ve analyzed your intentions, go ahead and write down your answers. Then imagine how your ideal life would look like. Are you career-oriented or family-oriented? Where do you see yourself in ten years? Where would you live? Do you have a partner? What are you wearing, how do you feel? Dare to dream.
Now it’s time to create a long-time vision –
- According to the above answers, what should you do now? If you’re in college, you should choose a major that suits your interests, regardless of what your parents, professors, or advisors think. If you are in the work field, you should start looking for other job opportunities that align with your current preoccupations.
- Consider the disadvantages – we all have our doubts, and unfortunately, they tend to pop up in the most inopportune moments. That’s why you need to make sure you are 100% sure of the path you’ve chosen. Balance the pros and cons before making a final decision. “What could go wrong?” is an important question to ask.
- Break it up into parts – OK, now that you’ve decided to go on this road, how should you structure your life to climb the success ladder? For instance, if you’ve decided to work as an English teacher and freelancer writing essays on time at the same time, how are you going to manage your time properly? Integrating another goal into your life should fit the patterns already established.
Important tip: take things gradually – what is your first step to fulfilling your dreams? Create smaller plans for each one of the smaller goals along the way.
2. Stick to It
After creating the plan, it’s time to stick to it. But how? This might be the hardest part of the whole process. The beginning is exciting since everything is new. The ending is thrilling since you’ve achieved your goal – but how about the road to success? That, my friend, should be the most exceptional, spectacular, outstanding part of all.
- Stay focused by working on your discipline – some people never get tired, do they? They’re there, regardless of how challenging their day must have been. That’s because they practice self-discipline daily; and you should do the same. Develop a new habit and stick to it. No matter what happens, do what you’ve decided. Don’t let anything change your plans. Be there.
- Meditate. According to Medicine Net, a simple technique practiced for as few as 10 minutes per day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation.
- Wake up early. Greet the day feeling perfect. Take time for yourself, don’t rush into anything. Have a quiet breakfast, work out, shower – do everything that you please. Mornings should be entirely yours.
Important Tip: design a goal time every morning. Revise your targets daily and remind yourself why you’re pursuing them. You know you should give up on something when you can no longer find the answer to your why question.
3. Stay Motivated
Staying motivated might be one of the toughest things you’ll have to do; but as I mentioned previously, if you can sketch out the road to success according to your standards, nothing can stop you from reaching your objectives.
- Always visualize – don’t forget! Visualizing your purpose is the best method to stay focused. Say it out loud, feel it, sing it, but never let it go.
- Always ask why – you know why and how this impacts your life already. Keep asking, especially in moments of self-doubt.
- Design a personalized reward system – if you accomplish 5% of your end goal today, how are you going to thank yourself?
- Leave room for flexibility – having a well-structured plan does not mean you should leave no room for unforeseeable courses of action. The “letting go” I was so-much-emphasizing at the beginning of the article means going with the flow as well. So, stick to your plans, but don’t hesitate to say yes to the opportunities that could change your life.
- Not all of our friends should be called our friends, but we rarely think about it. Perform a Human General Cleaning. Think of the people you’d like to keep close. Take a moment to evaluate who’s your friend and who isn’t. Surround yourself with motivators, don’t let people drag you down and steal your energy.
Visualizing the bigger picture at all times is essential. This will provide you purpose, motivation, and tranquility. When you think about your why, worries will stop. You’ll know exactly what you are doing and why you are struggling to get there. Enjoy the road, but don’t forget about the end goal. Believe in your dreams and pursue them. Good luck, my friend.
Jacob Dillon is an editor and journalist at EssaysOnTime. The best way for Jacob to express himself is to write. Being passionate about what he does, Jacob likes to discuss stirring events as well as express his opinion about technological advancements and evolution of society. Find Jacob on Twitter.
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