As long as your dream is not totally out of this world and there are some of the components available in our world your dream an be realized.
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, to travel the world and to start my own business.
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 and today run my own business.
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 will fail before I succeed
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 dream into reality as well.
TABLE OF CONTENT
- Define your dream
- Convert your dream into realizable goals
- Establish supportive habits
- Focus on the positive
- Use positive affirmations and visualizations
DEFINE YOUR DREAM
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney
The first step to live your dream is to figure out what your dream is.
It might sound logical but in reality most people don’t even know what they truly want.
A lot of people want for example to have more money.
But they don’t even know what they want to do with it and why they really want more money.
Or they might want to live in a nicer house, but don’t even know how this nice house should really look like, where it should be located, how they’d love to live in it and so on.
By defining your dream it’s important that you become crystal clear of what you really want and why you want it.
Think of it with all its positive and negative aspects.
In terms of more money, where and how would you store it, spend it, invest it.
In case you don’t have a clear dream yet 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:
Health, Career/Business, Family/Friends, Significant other/marriage, Finances, Recreation/Fun, Personal Growth, Faith/Spirituality, Volunteering/Service, Physical environment
Ask yourself in which category your biggest dream fits in and define where you are right now in terms of your dream in this specific category.
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 could be:
Stuck in a stressful, soul-sucking job.
Your ideal state in this category could be: Having your own fulfilling business.
Now you know your actual state and your ideal state. Time to move on to the next step.
CONVERT YOUR DREAM INTO REALIZABLE GOALS
“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” Tony Robbins
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 goals.
I find the SMART goal setting method being the most effective to set achievable goals.
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 quit my soul-sucking job and run my own online business.
Picture exactly how your life as a small business owner should look like.
For example: picture yourself how you are writing blog posts, promoting your blog on social media, networking with other online business owners and cooperating with brands.
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 your online business while you are stuck in your 9 to 5.
The first step could be to set up your own website.
Sidenote: I show you in a Free Training how to do it if that’s what you’d love to do.
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.
For example, in terms of building your own business.
You could set yourself the goal of setting up your own website and blog within a month.
Your goal for the second month could be to write 10 blog posts.
Your goal for the third month could be promoting your blog on social media.
If you want to have more guidance on this join my free Blog Biz Training here.
For more guidance on how to reach your goals, download my free Reach Your Goals Guide here.
For a step by step walkthrough grab the printable Slay Your Goals Planner (it’s the one I’m currently using as well).
ESTABLISH SUPPORTIVE HABITS
“Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Rohn
Building supportive habits is so important because once your habits are defined and established, they will bring you inevitably and effortlessly towards your goal.
DEFINE YOUR HABIT
Define which habit would bring you closer to your goal.
For example, if your overall goal is to quit your job and to build your own online business you could start blogging regularly to get practice in blogging.
CHOOSE A TIME
As the second step choose a time where you can easily add your new habit to your daily routine.
When is the best time for you to implement this new habit.
Early in the morning, in the evening or at the weekends.
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 blogging every saturday afternoon followed by a spa treatment or a chocolate cake or what makes you happy.
Your brain will connect the experience of blogging with the pleasurable consequence of a spa treatment or a delicious chocolate cake.
On the contrary, if blogging 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 as often as possible until it becomes an automatic habit which operates on autopilot.
This way you will move towards your goal with pleasure and ease.
FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” Zig Ziglar
Cultivate 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!
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.
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.
USE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS AND POSITIVE VISUALIZATIONS
“Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head.” Lisa Nichols
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.
You can create a vision board, that is simply a board on Pinterest or offline a carboard where you pin images that represent your vision onto it.
Manifestation is the outcome of your visualized goal.
Using affirmations is a supporting complementation to your vision board.
We all have constant chatter in our minds going on.
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.
They 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 create your own business you could say to yourself “I am capable to learn new things and to build the business I desire.”
It´s important that you choose an affirmation you truly believe in.
Otherwise, it won´t work.
All tools I mentioned in this post at a glance:
- Set Up Your Website/Blog is a free 5-day training showing you how to set up your website + blog
- Start Your Blog Biz is a free 5-day training showing you how to create a blog based online business
- Reach Your Goals Guide is a free downloadable guide showing you the 4 steps you have to take in order to reach your goals
- Slay Your Goals Planner is 75+ pages, printable planner helping you to set reachable yearly, quarterly, weekly and daily goals
- Leuchtturm is the notebook I’m using to write down all of my ideas
- 5-minute journal is the gratitude journal I recommend to anyone who wants to live a more mindful, happy life
Want to learn more about reaching your goals?
Check out the post How to reach your goals by using fear as your fuel
Download the FREE Reach Your Goals Guide!