Going After Your Dreams
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
I grew up with a lot of dreams… a famous artist, an author, a jockey… every day brought a new career path in which I would take. While I’m not pursuing any of those dreams to the extreme, I like to think I’m making a pretty good dent in my bucket list of career paths. I paint in my free time and took various art and graphic design classes in school and my paintings have made the cover of a few literary magazines. I write for fun and I also work and GET PAID to do it! I have a wonderful horse who I compete with. So at the ripe old age of 23, I think I’ve accomplished a little bit of my dreams, which I’m happy with.
Of course, there’s much more I want to accomplish, both in my career and personal life, and there are many more dreams that I want to make come true.
1. Pinpoint your dream
It’s easy to say something like “I want to write a book” but until you actually pinpoint exactly what you want to write that book about, your dream will remain a dream. Figure out the details of your goal.
2. Map it out
Once you’ve pinpointed exactly what your goal is, you can begin to map out the steps you need to take in order to reach it. Think of it as (cliche, I know) a journey rather than a destination – there will be things that may make the road a little bumpy and you might have to go off track but get a general sense of the map you’d like to follow. Set deadlines for yourself until you reach your ultimate goal.
3. Get help
If your dream is big enough, you are going to need some help along the way. Figure out who or what those resources are and how they can help you go after your dream.
4. Stay positive
There is so much power in believing in yourself and your dreams. Don’t let negativity drag you down. Instead, think positively and see how it opens doors and creates new possibilites.
What are your tips for going after your dreams?