Thursday, April 16, 2009

3 Steps to Make Your Dreams Come True

We all dream of doing big things in life, whether you want to own your own company, walk the moon, or perform in front of thousands of people on the big stage. But, are you doing the right things every day to make these dreams become a reality? Are you setting yourself up for success? Below are three steps you can take to ensuring you are on that path.

1. Motivation

What really motivates you? Why do you want to walk the moon or start your own company? I cannot give you those answers. Only you know why you strive for these goals and what keeps you motivated. It could be that you are wanting to buy a new house, more money, or just more freedom of your time. Whatever it may be, you need to find what it is that motivates you. If it's buying that amazing house on the coast, you could post a picture of that house next to your computer or somewhere you will see it everyday.

Even when you experience a major setback, be sure to keep your head up. The struggles in life are what make us stronger and teach us to be smarter and stronger people. Without obstacles, what would be the point of achievement? So, make sure you reward yourself for the things you accomplish, whether is be large or small. Pat yourself on the back because you have to stay motivated!

2. Planning

This step comes natural to me. No matter what the situation is, I am constantly planning ahead! I sometimes have reason to believe it gets on people's nerves, but that's alright with me because I am always ready. Enough about me though, let's focus on what you need to do. It may seem like an obvious step, but it often times can be overlooked and neglected.

To make sure you stay loyal to your plan, follow these 4 steps:

1. Create a simple plan for reaching your goal. Write it down on a scrap piece of paper or type out a nice document. Whatever method you choose, make sure it is written.
2. Go back over these steps and make sure that they are all obtainable. You don't want to have any steps that you feel unnecessary.
3. Establish a feasible time frame. Don't set goals that are impossible to complete.
4. Be realistic when setting your goals. Make sure you are committed to them and are actually able to achieve them.

3. Action

Remember that there is no point of the first two steps without taking action after establishing them. You cannot accomplish any goal without actually taking action to reach it. After you created your plan in step two, you should have realized that there are many little steps you have to take each and every day. Yes, it's going to take perseverance, but if your dream is important enough, you will do whatever you can to make it come true. This should always be the case. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not accomplish everything they have overnight!

You can always go back and revise your plan. Sometimes obstacles in life can slow you down and put a halt on your plan of action. Just make sure that you continue to strive towards your dream, as if nothing got in your way. Take every step you take with a motivated attitude and a vision to be the best you can. Also, remember that it will take you time. You know what they say, "Rome wasn't built in a day!"

Thanks to Small Business Webology for the inspiration.

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  1. Very nice, man, good inspiration. I think the biggest struggle for everyone is to accept setbacks and learn from them. I was recently listening to an interview with Ted Mathot and Mark Andrews, and they echoed the same thought that i have heard everywhere: you make your mistakes now, so you can learn from them, and be comfortable with them. Mistakes and setbacks aren't a bad thing, they are what gets you to where you need to go to. Look at Steve Jobs. He was fired from the company he helped create. Now he is again a part of them, and he owns one of the most profitable animation houses in the industry. John Lasseter was fired from his dream job at Disney, only to start up with a no name company that made hardware. Now he is the creative supervisor at Disney! Setbacks are what make you go forward. Setbacks, strangely enough, make your dream come true. Hindrances are in fact your ally, and challenges are what foster success.

    Good luck to all tomorrow at the exhibition!

  2. Well put Nate! Your paragraph just helps build on my post even more. I love it!

    Good luck to you too!

  3. "Setbacks are what make you go forward. Setbacks, strangely enough, make your dream come true."

    I completely agree. I started in CGT because of a setback in my previous degree, and it's incredibly fulfilling (not that I'm comparing myself to Jobs or Lasseter in any way!).
    I don't know that I would have had the courage to switch otherwise.