IS REALIZING YOUR DREAMS POSSIBLE?
As long as it´s not totally out of this world and there are some of the components available in our world to realize it the clear answer is YES.
A lot of dreams, are realizable even though they seem to be very difficult to reach first sight.
Think of Elon Musk and his company SpaceX with their idea of offering traveling to Mars in a rocket. Which is becoming reality soon.
My dream wasn´t Mars at the age of 25, but to quit my soul-sucking 9 – 5 job and to travel the world.
Even though I was stuck in a low paying job with no savings, I made my dream come true 2 years later and traveled the world for over 2 years.
What did it take to make my dream come true?
I had to:
- give up my limiting beliefs
- make sacrifices
- step out of my comfort zone
- trust and believe that it´s doable
- make a clear, straightforward plan
- move towards my dream every single day
- become more open-minded and comfortable with the idea that I had to give up for my dream the life I lived
It wasn´t easy but it was totally worth it!
In this post, I share with you 5 strategies you can use to turn your dreams into reality.
HOW TO REALIZE YOUR DREAMS WITH EASE
The 5 strategies I want to share with you in this post are as following:
- DEFINE YOUR DREAMS
- CONVERT YOUR DREAMS INTO REALIZABLE GOALS
- ESTABLISH SUPPORTIVE HABITS
- SWITCH YOUR MIND TOWARDS POSITIVE THINKING
- USE AFFIRMATIONS AND VISUALIZATIONS
STEP 1: DEFINE YOUR DREAMS
If you can dream it, you can do it.
The first step to live your dreams is to figure out what your dreams are.
This includes defining your dreams in crystal clear accuracy and looking at it realistically with all its positive and negative aspects.
- Take out a piece of paper and brainstorm the first ideas, which come to your mind when you think about a dream you want to turn into reality.
- If you can´t come up with any ideas ask yourself the following questions:
What do I want to do in my life?
What do I want to achieve in my life?
How do I want to live?
Who do I want to become?
- As next step take an inventory of your current life situation.
- Think about your current (actual state of your life) and ideal life (target state of your life) in the following 10 categories:
- Significant other/Marriage
- Personal Growth
- Ask yourself in which category your biggest dream fits in and define where you are right now in terms of your dream.
- Picture for each category your ideal life and define which dream to realize first.
- Don´t overwhelm yourself. Realize one dream after the other.
I`ll give you an example of category 2 Career/Business, how it could look like.
Your actual state in this category might be: Stuck in a stressful, underpaid job with no work-life balance.
Your ideal state in this category could be: Having a fulfilling, successful job and a healthy work-life balance.
Now you know your actual state and your ideal state.
Time to move on to step 2.
STEP 2: CONVERT YOUR DREAMS INTO REALIZABLE GOALS
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
A dream will always be just a dream without action in its direction.
Therefore step 2 is all about how you can turn your defined dream into achievable steps.
I find the SMART goal setting method being the most effective.
According to this goal setting method, each letter stands for a specific adjective of how your dream should be in order to transform it into a realistic goal.
S = specific
M = measurable
A = attainable
R = reasonable
T = timely
Take your dream and make it as specific as possible.
If you have several dreams, do it step by step one dream after another.
For example: Don´t just say I want to live a healthier life.
Picture exactly how this healthier life should look like.
For example: going 1x / week to the gym, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water during the day, eating more veggies etc.
Ask yourself how you are going to measure the success of your specific dream.
Make your dream measurable.
Cut down your big goal into smaller, actionable steps.
Say for example that you want to start focusing on getting 6 hours of sleep every night and to drink 8 cups of water every day.
You can measure it with a habit tracker in your notebook every day.
Ask yourself the question if your dream is attainable or needs any adjustments.
Is your dream reasonable on a bigger scale of your life?
Set yourself a time frame and a deadline when you want to reach your final goal.
Also, make sure to add your milestones into your planning for the smaller steps.
This way you can constantly reach your steps and stay motivated on reaching your overall dream/goal.
For example, you could set yourself the goal in terms of getting enough sleep and water, that you are only focusing on establishing these 2 new habits for the next month.
For measuring the progress, stay on track and being super organized I found having a BULLET JOURNAL as a daily system very adaptable, creative and at the same time also effective.
STEP 3: ESTABLISH SUPPORTIVE HABITS
Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.
Habits are so freaking important because once your habits are defined and established, they will bring you inevitably and effortlessly towards your goal.
And that´s exactly what we want! 🙂
So here you go how you can establish supportive habits in order to reach your goals.
DEFINE YOUR HABIT
Define which habit would bring you closer to your goal.
For example, if your overall goal is to create a better work/life balance, meditation could be a good start to reconnect with your inner self and to invite more relaxation into your life.
Sidenote: If you want to learn how to meditate feel free to check out my post HOW TO MEDITATE FOR BEGINNERS.
CHOOSE A TIME
As the second step choose a time where you can easily add your new habit.
Is the best time for you implementing this new habit in the morning right after waking up, or in the evening before going to bed?
Our brain loves to be rewarded.
Let your new habit be followed by something which you personally find as something positive and pleasurable.
For example meditation in the morning followed by a long, delicious breakfast.
Your brain will connect the experience of meditation with the pleasurable consequence of a delicious, healthy breakfast.
On the contrary, if meditation is followed by something you totally dislike, it will be harder for you to establish this new habit because your subconscious mind will connect the new habit with the outcome of the unpleasurable thing which follows.
REPEAT IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN
Repetition is the key!
Do it every day over and over again until it becomes an automatic habit which operates on autopilot.
This way you will move towards your goal with pleasure and ease.
If you want to learn more about creating habits, go and check out the book called THE POWER OF HABIT or read my blog post HOW TO FORM NEW HABITS where I summed up what I learned from this awesome book.
STEP 4: SWITCH YOUR MIND TOWARDS POSITIVE THINKING
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Step 4 is all about staying on track and cultivating a positive mindset.
There will be times where you´ll find yourself challenged while going for your goal.
You might want to give up because it feels so hard to reach it.
Don´t forget: A positive mindset combined with discipline and consistency is the key to success!
Keeping this in mind will give you strength not giving up on your goal.
But how to cultivate a positive mindset?
I´ll give you 3 action steps you can implement into your daily life right away! 🙂
Be grateful for what you already have.
Don´t forget to live in the present moment and to cherish what you already have.
While reaching goals are awesome, our life is not about chasing the goals, but more about enjoying the journey.
With gratitude, you`ll set your focus easily day by day to what´s going well in your life right now. This on return will attract ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF ATTRACTION more of the positive into your life.
It´s more effective writing down what you are grateful for than only keeping it in your head.
The 5-minute journal is, by the way, a premade gratitude journal. All you need is your 5-minute journal and 5 minutes in the morning and evening every day to make this powerful exercise your habit.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
Tell yourself day by day at least 5 things you already reached or have done you are proud of.
This exercise is even more powerful when you are doing it in front of the mirror while looking into your own eyes.
This sweet little reminder every day will empower you to keep going even when you feel like quitting.
AVOID NEGATIVE NEWS
Avoid watching, reading or listening to the news as they are to at least 90% negative and won´t help you in any way to reach your goals.
If there is something important going on in the world, you´ll hear about it anyway from your family or friends without even asking.
Instead of the news, listen to uplifting podcasts, watch uplifting youtube videos, read uplifting blog posts and books to keep yourself in a positive mindset and to keep you motivated.
STEP 5: USE AFFIRMATIONS AND POSITIVE VISUALIZATIONS
Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head.
Step 5 is all about visualization and manifestation.
Visualization simply translated means to envision your best possible future.
With visualization, you strengthen your focus towards your defined goal.
In addition, it gives you a boost in confidence and opens up your mind towards creativity and possibilities regarding your goal.
Visualization can be most effectively done by creating a vision board.
Manifestation is the outcome of your visualized goal.
Using affirmations is definitely a supporting complementation to your vision board.
We all have constant chatter in our minds going on. This is also what I always discovered whenever I went to a silent meditation retreat.
There is rarely silence in our heads. The thoughts spin around in our heads from the second we wake up until we fall asleep.
It´s like a small monkey constantly in action. Buddhist monks call our mind, therefore, a monkey mind.
The problem with our thoughts is that they come from the subconscious and are most of the time negative and destructive.
Especially when it comes to our future goals and dreams.
The future is always uncertain, unpredictable and causes therefore worry and anxiety within us.
This leads to negative thoughts.
Affirmations can help us support our minds with a positive attitude towards our goals.
Affirmations are basically consciously thought positive chatter you feed your mind with.
CHOOSE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Choose supporting affirmations concerning your goal and say it to yourself every day.
Put a sticky note at your mirror and implement affirmations into your morning ritual.
Say them several times and feel into it.
How does it feel what you say?
For example, if you want to change your diet into a more healthy one, you could say to yourself “I am what I eat and I choose to be healthy” as your affirmation.
It´s important that you choose an affirmation you truly believe in. Otherwise, it won´t work.
CREATE A VISION BOARD
Create a vision board for your dream/goal.
A vision board is basically a big piece of paper with images and quotes on it that match your dream = your ideal life.
- You can do it by painting it yourself or
- by looking up for matching images online through Pinterest and creating a digital board which you print out or
- you can do it the old school way, by cutting out matching images from magazines and making a collage.
Once your vision board is ready – place it in your home where you can have easy access to it.
You could hang it on your wall in your bedroom, where you can look at it, for example, every morning after waking up.
Or in your office, if your goal is related to your business/career.
If you want to have more information about visualization and manifestation I can recommend to read the book THE SECRET.
This book is where I heard about visualization for the first time and they explain how an envisioned life and the things we surround ourself with impacts lives.
Have fun choosing your personal affirmation and creating your vision board!
Now you have a strategic plan and some tools in your hand to start realizing your dreams and to create a fulfilling life you love!
You can do it! I believe in you!
1. DEFINE YOUR DREAMS
Look at all areas of your life and define how your ideal life looks like.
Be clear about where you are in life right now and where you want to be. To see in which areas you can set goals to come closer to your dream.
2. CONVERT YOUR DREAMS INTO REALIZABLE GOALS
Take one dream after the other and turn your dreams into realizable goals.
Make the goal SMART = specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, reasonable and timely.
3. ESTABLISH SUPPORTIVE HABITS
Define which habits can bring you closer to your goal and incorporate those habits into your day to day life.
4. SWITCH YOUR MIND TOWARDS POSITIVE THINKING
Skip negative news and focus on the good and positive instead as often as possible.
Our brain has by nature a negative bias to be able to assess risk and danger. Focus to train your brain to see the positive as often as possible.
5. USE AFFIRMATIONS AND POSITIVE VISUALIZATIONS
Choose supportive affirmations for yourself and say this affirmation to yourself every day.
Besides using affirmations also make a vision board and envision yourself living your dream life every day by pursuing your goal.
This keeps you motivated pursuing your dream.
If you need some extra motivation along the way check out my MOTIVATIONAL WALL ART COLLECTION HERE.
If you haven´t yet, make sure to download the FREE GO FOR YOUR DREAMS WORKBOOK which I recommend to use complementary to this blog post.
THE THINGS I RECOMMEND AT A GLANCE:
- BULLET JOURNAL notebook (to keep you organized)
- LEUCHTTURM notebook (this is what I use at the moment for all kinds of notes and also as my bullet journal)
- HABIT TRACKER (to track your habits, so you can see your progress towards your goal)
- THE POWER OF HABIT (a book about “How to create new habits”) & MY BLOG POST ABOUT HABITS
- 5 MINUTE JOURNAL (a gratitude journal, to write down what you are grateful for)
- THE SECRET (a book about visualization and manifestation)
- My blog post about MANIFESTING YOUR DREAMS & THE LAW OF ATTRACTION
- The blog post HOW TO MEDITATE FOR BEGINNERS
What´s your biggest dream and what are you struggling with the most when it comes to turning your dreams into reality? Share it in the comments below!