4 Steps To Attaining Your Wildest Dream
Within us all, there’s a dream—a place where we would like to see ourselves. Me? I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I read the book “Women” by Charles Bukowski. That novel stirred such a brilliant desire in me, and ever since that desire has been bouncing in the pit of my stomach.
After I decided I wanted to be an author, I kept daydreaming and imagining myself attaining that goal. I saw myself at stores signing my books, standing on stages receiving awards, and being quoted by people who thought what I had to say was substantial. I had a passion waltzing in my body… but I had no discipline in making my dreams tangible.
If I wanted to make my dream come true, then I had to adjust my lifestyle in such a way that would bring me results. I want to be good at writing—but achieving my goal involves more than just writing a lot. It involves commitment, focus, and a passion to work hard that goes beyond the page.
Whether your dream of being an author, or something completely different, I hope the tips below will put you on the right track towards achieving success.
Claim your goals!
It may sound strange—but I found that speaking the things I wanted to do helped solidify my passion into a real possibility. The more I told people that I wanted to be a writer, the more I began to live it.
Now, I’m not saying that when you talk about doing something you automatically achieve it. Rather, I found that that when I spoke my desires, it helped me become more accountable. I had a goal that other people knew, and in its own way that fact alone encouraged me actively pursue ways to achieve it.
Take the right steps…
Accountability alone isn’t enough. Once you begin holding yourself accountable, you also have to think of real, tangible steps you can take towards finding success.
For instance, I eventually want to write a really good series of short stories—but when I began I had no idea how to write them. So, instead of just taking shots in the dark to try and discover the answer, I researched.
I found information about good short story structure, helpful books and stories to read, and I improved my understanding of the thing I wanted to achieve.
If you want do well in something, research and get familiar with it! Make sure it is something that you are really interested in. Then after you’ve done that step, you’ll have a clearer idea of what your next steps should be.
Set goals for yourself… and meet them
Once you know the steps you need to take, put a timeline on those steps and meet your deadlines. Tell a close friend or colleague about your goals to keep yourself accountable, and treat it like a job. No one is going to do the work for you.
If you don’t set your goals and dreams into motion, they’ll just be thoughts floating inside your brain—formless pictures bouncing in your synapses. You have to chase after the things you want.
Do you want to be a good runner? Start running! Tell people that you want to be an athlete and set markers for yourself. Run half a mile today, run eight-tenths of a mile tomorrow, a full mile the next day—and so on and so forth. Surround yourself with other runners, people who share your same passion, and allow them to push you towards your goal.
Discipline yourself. Make time in your schedule that is totally devoted to the thing you want to be good at.
Don’t compare yourself to people further along
Don’t get depressed about the fact that other people’s progress may be further along than yours. We all achieve and grow at different paces, and comparing ourselves to other people will take your mind of your goal.
Learn from others you admire instead of competing against them, and even consider asking them for advice! In the end, these goals are yours, and the only thing that matters is that you’re happy with the results.
So whether you want to be an author, a runner, a ballerina, or anything in between, start now. By holding yourself accountable, taking the right steps, and pushing yourself towards what you want to achieve, you can start turning those daydreams into reality.