All of us have dreams in life, but there are very few who actually do something to follow them. The reason is not because they can’t, but because they think they can’t. Today’s educational system doesn’t seem to encourage the use of our imagination and creative thinking, but rather the use of hard facts and logic.
However, if we look at all successful people, we realize that none of them were rational nor realistic – quite the contrary, they were visionaries who dared to dream big, went against the flow and took action towards reaching their goals, despite all the obstacles encountered down the road.
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. ~ Brian Tracy
An effective strategy to reach your goals always starts with a thought, which is entertained by the motivation that comes from within – followed by planning and taking action.
Before starting the journey. you could ask yourselves the following questions:
1. Who is responsible for your life? YOU and no one else.
Confidence plays a crucial role in shaping your life outcome – it translates into how much you love yourself, and how much you believe in your ability to add value. If you don’t respect and trust yourself, why should anyone else? Taking responsibility for your actions and being aware that you control about 80% of what’s happening in your life is one of the first things to consider. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, happiness is the key to success, not the other way around. You can’t be happy if you don’t love yourself, as happiness is a state of mind that comes from within.
“We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.” ~ Earl Nightingale
2. What is your most valuable asset? Your ability to LEARN and add VALUE.
If you admire successful people and want to become one, identify their skills, their strategy used to reach their goals and learn from them. Ideally, you could have one or several role models to follow. Commit yourself to permanent learning (this doesn’t necessarily mean formal education), work on your skills and keep them up to date – as no matter how good you are in your field today, there will always be someone willing to do a bit more than you. If you don’t keep up, you lose.
Develop those skills that bring value to others and strive for excellence – no one remembers “average”, but they surely remember the ones that stand out from the crowd. Master those skills by practicing them, as that’s the only way to gain experience – formal education, as good as it may look on paper, it will soon be forgotten without practice.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
3. What is your most precious resource? TIME.
Every person in this world has the same amount of time available in one day – 24 hours; what you decide to do with it determines the course of your life. If you want to follow your dreams and be successful, but you’re spending most of your time watching TV and partying, you shouldn’t expect to accomplish much in life – what you put into it is what you get out of it.
The key skill in this case is time-management. If you could plan your day or your week ahead, you’ll gain control of it instead of letting the events control you. Of course, there are unexpected situations that may occur, but when you gain control over your life you’ll be able to manage it better by selecting what’s urgent and important from what’s not and taking action accordingly.
“Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” ~ Jim Rohn
Things are never complicated – we are the ones who complicate them. It’s always about our choices and willingness to change – so we shouldn’t expect things to get better in our life if we’re not willing to change anything, or go beyond our comfort zone. Thus, we should appreciate the value of time and never waste it, as it’s our most valuable resource and once gone, we can’t have it back.
Imagine how your life would look like if you would’ve already accomplished your dreams – think from the end. Write down your goals and start working on them every single day. Positive thinking and imagination must be accompanied by taking action, one step at a time. You don’t have to know everything from the beginning, but you must act with what you know / have today, be willing to challenge yourself and the results will follow.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~ Zig Ziglar