We all have dreams for our lives. My dreams involve a happy life doing what I love (writing), living where I love (the beach) and feeding my wanderlust with my family. What are yours?
But having dreams isn't enough. Sometimes, it can seem like too much -- to raise a family and feed your inner needs -- but going after your dreams and feeding that inner passion is so important. To do that, you have to go for it. Reach for the stars, as my kid's favorite cartoon movie character says. Here's how you can start going after yours.
The first step in going after your dreams is to put it into written words. This makes it tangible and real. Don’t worry if it takes a few tries to translate that mental image into a clear, written life goal. Just keep at it. Once you’ve articulated your dream, you have a clear picture of what you are aiming for. When I did this, it took days of writing and rewriting to find the right words for my dream.
Books, websites and classes offer tremendous insight into whatever you want to do. Be like a sieve, and suck in as much knowledge and tips as you can. For instance, if you want to be a writer, read constantly -- everything from books and blogs about being a writer to articles, books and more about any subjects you are interested in. Get inspired by how others communicate their thoughts.
Don’t wait for that big, fantasy job to come calling. Start doing whatever it is that you want for your life now -- even if it’s in a small way. Want to be a chef? Cook at home, get a restaurant job, cater -- whatever, just start doing it. Then go after that culinary school dream, too.
As we make small strides toward our dreams, it can be tempting to pause and accept it as good enough. But you can make your dreams happen, so appreciate those small wins but keep striving for bigger, better things. You will get there.
Little known fact: My first real job was working at the Center for Positive Thinking, a division of Guideposts devoted to Norman Vincent Peale’s vision that powerful thinking is a positive driving force. I cleaned the building, and truth be told, thought the whole concept was hogwash.
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I was wrong. There is so much power in believing in yourself and your dreams. Don't let negativity drag you down. Instead, think positively and see how it opens doors and creates new possibilites.
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