Seven Steps That Will Help You Achieve Your Dreams
by Joyce Dunaway @DunawayJoyce
Are you paralyzed with fear about how to achieve your dreams? Where do you start? How do you know what to do next?
Following are seven steps that will help you achieve your dreams:
Picture how your life will be enhanced by the completion of your goals—the satisfaction of being successful, the thrill of completing your goal, self-confidence, and perhaps financial rewards.
Divide Your Big Goal into Smaller Steps
Dwelling on everything that needs to be done to achieve your dreams can often be overwhelming. Dividing the overall picture into small achievable steps will help you stay focused.
Decide what you need to do first and begin. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” (Lao Tzu). Focus on completing that step successfully and then you’ll be ready to take the next step.
Upon completion of the first step find a way to celebrate—going shopping, eating out with a friend, reading a book, watching a movie, or enjoying your favorite ice cream—whatever will give you a sense of joy.
Take the Next Step
After a short celebration, start on your second step. Continue to celebrate each achievement and anticipate a big celebration upon completing all the steps.
Evaluate Your Progress
After the completion of several goals, evaluate to make sure what you’re doing is taking you in the right direction. You might need to take time to get more information, take a course, or get advice from someone who has achieved a similar dream. Even though you may feel this will slow you down, it will probably keep you from making mistakes which could hinder your progress.
Enjoy the Journey
Despite the hard work, rejections, mistakes, and discouragement, look for benefits and pleasures you’ve received along the journey—new friends, important knowledge, self-confidence, or making a difference in the lives of others.
I would love to hear how these steps or others have helped you in the pursuit and achievement of your dreams. Please share your thoughts in the section below.