Episode 22: How To reach for your your dreams
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Is it what you are doing now? If so then great, that’s amazing, good for you! For the rest of us, the question is when did we give up?
Honestly, I feel that talking about your dreams is a bit of a taboo subject, the older you get. Even saying the word ‘dreams’ seems a bit childish. Perhaps the grown up version would be the interview question ‘where do you see yourself in five years time’. I guess how much hope and faith you have in life and yourself would determine your answer to that question.
Understandably however, due to the fact we live in a very harsh world and depending on where you are born, and other uncontrollable factors, the opportunities one will come across will vary from person to person. Meaning, people’s belief in what is possible and how difficult one’s objectives are, can vary.
I don’t want to write, ‘if you believe and work hard enough you can do it’. Unfortunately, that blanket statement is difficult to apply to everyone. Despite that, I can provide some advice on ways to achieve goals and ambitions, which definitely can help improve anyone’s life.
Dream catcher #1: A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Whatever your ambition/goal is, if there aren’t set steps on how to get there then you might as well as put a blind fold on and take a stab in the dark.
For example, you want to run a marathon, 5k etc, then chances are you won’t be able to do it just straight off the couch. That means set yourself a realistic time (maybe one month for a 5K and maybe one year for a marathon, bla,bla and bla).
Set a plan for what exercises and how much you will run and where. Set a plan for when you will buy the appropriate gear for running (trust me you need the right underwear for running). Once you have that plan and you stick to it (and sometimes adjust it based on external circumstances) then you are well on your way to achieving that goal.
Dream catcher #2: If you say you can do it, then you can and will.
According to Steele (1998) and the self-affirmation theory, if we tell ourselves we can do something, we will believe it and live up to what we say more and more. There has been evidence to back this theory and people have shown improvements, reduced stress and shown desired personality traits based on their self affirmations.
So say whatever you are going to achieve, believe it and then go and do it.
Dream catcher #3 Love yourself and don’t give up
As I mentioned before there are external factors that can stop us from achieving our goals when we want to originally. That doesn’t mean you have to stop. It just means you have to adapt. Failure is not a bad thing, it is life’s hardest and most effective teacher.
Well, I hope you feel a bit more inspired and motivated so you can now you start setting those plans. While you’re doing that you can check out podcast episode on going for your dreams. How Do You Survive Your 20s: Second to First (How to Reach For Your Dreams).
Just click on the link below and we’ll see you there.
Written by Joe