Never let go of your dreams, Follow your dreams… All of these clichés about chasing our dreams tend to encourage going beyond our capabilities to attain the impossible but while these sentiments are very inspirational, they don’t address the fact that going after your dreams can be a real hard work. Going after your most desired goal is not as easy as it might seem.
And before you jump off the deep end and try to accomplish a dream, make sure you have both eyes open first. The following six tips can guide you. Remember, being realistic about your dreams will make you more likely to achieve them.
1. Make Sure You’re Not Being too Idealistic
It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of living in another country, being a pop star, or quitting your day job in order to run a bespoke bakery. However, these things aren’t all play and no work. There are always going to be less-than-savory aspects when it comes to your dreams, so make sure you’re aware of them. Then take an honest look at yourself and determine if you are really up to all the challenges that come with your dreams.
2. Realistically Assess Your Abilities
You may want to be an opera singer, but that doesn’t mean you can carry a tune. Or, you may desire to climb Mount Everest, but you won’t be able to if climbing a few flights of stairs is challenging. I’m not saying you can’t train your body or your talent over time. But it’s important to honestly assess your abilities first.
3. Understand What You Need to Get There
You may need special training, money saved up (more on that in a moment!) or time in order to achieve your dreams. Do your research so you can prepare to put in whatever combination of sweat, effort, and funds that may be necessary. This way, you won’t be caught off guard.
4. Know the Costs
Money can be a major barrier to dreams like traveling or starting your own company. Therefore, you should create a budget and start saving so that you can get going on your dream, whatever it may be, ASAP. If you don’t know the costs, not having enough cash could keep you from getting where you want to go.
5. Devise a Reasonable Timeline
Understand that dreams take time. You may need time to prepare your body or your mind to accomplish a dream by training at the gym or going back to school. You might need to log some years after launching a startup before you break even. Be honest with yourself about how much time accomplishing your dream will take so that you can keep your focus and commit to sticking with it for the long haul.
6. Enlist an Accountability Partner
To help you along the way, ask a friend or family member to assist you in analyzing the facets of your dream—time, training, finances, etc—so that you can be sure you’re on the right track. This person can also be a sounding board who will listen when you’re feeling unsure or when you just need to bounce ideas around. Having someone you trust who can cheer you on will ensure that you’ll be able to accomplish your goal without getting discouraged or being too unrealistic about it.
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