If you want to achieve your dreams, you may think that quitting your job and chasing after them is the only way - but it isn’t, and actually, I wouldn't necessarily advise this. Here are 5 things you can do right now that will help you achieve your dreams.
1. Don’t Keep It A Secret!
Start talking about your dream to friends and family, announce it on your Facebook timeline, post it in your favourite Facebook group and share it with people at events.
This is the pivotal moment, once you say it out loud, you have started your journey and have taken an important step to achieving your dream.
Now you’ve committed to your achieving your dream, all sorts of things will start to happen that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise.
2. Trust In The Process
You may feel like you’re travelling down a road with numerous blind bends and a couple of potholes, you don’t what’s ahead of you or how you’re going to get there, but don’t worry, it’s normal to feel this way!
The important thing is, is that you’re travelling down the road that will lead you to achieving your dream.
Just keep going, chipping away at your small goals that will eventually add up to you achieving your big goal.
Place your trust in the process, you can influence whether you achieve your dream, by simply taking small steps towards it.
3. Ask For Help
So you know what you want to achieve and you’re a bit fuzzy on exactly how you’re going to get there, this is the time that you start asking for help!
Reach out to people in different communities, in your network and those who have written or talked about the thing you want to do.
A great way to build relationships is by asking that person out for coffee or a drink, not to pick their brains directly, but to get to know them and at the end, they might offer to help – you can always offer to help them first.
Or find the person you want to talk to on LinkedIn and see who you know who can introduce you. Third connections are no problem, just ask your friend nicely!
If you want to build a relationship with an influencer, follow them on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook or LinkedIn, comment and like on their feed every day.
See something you know they will like and will add value to them, then tweet it to them or tag them in it. So when you ask for help, they know who you are and are more likely to put some time aside for you.
4. Strengthen Your Adventure Mindset
Strengthening your adventure mindset will help you overcome the impossible and be resilient in the face of setbacks.
The three most important elements of an adventure mindset are:
- Chunking down your goals into small steps
- Listening to and trusting your intuition with your decisions and choices
- Resilience – being able to positively influence our thoughts, emotions and physiology independent of our outside environment
A great way to enhance your resilience, especially when things get tough or your motivation wanes, is to repeat to yourself a mantra, such as;
5. Surround yourself with people whose cups are half full
Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, famously once said that “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”
And he’s not wrong, as my podcast guests would also agree.
Adventurer, Presenter and Speaker, Squash Falconer, emphasised this point in Season 2 Episode 4, by saying that you must stick around positive people. Those who see their glass to be half full, not half empty.
And when you come across those whose glass is half empty, don’t let their negative energy affect you and try not hang out with them.