Do you still remember your childhood answer to the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’? I do. I wanted to be a vet, a ballet dancer, a global explorer, a journalist. I had big dreams and like most kids, I felt like they were all possible if I wanted them enough. However, as I grew older, I found that following your dreams takes a lot of hard work and that sometimes, a specific path just isn’t the right one for you. Through trial and error, I arrived at the conclusion that I had one real goal: to write for a living. But how could I make that happen?
I learnt to focus all my drive and determination into pursuing my new dream and found that working towards it helped me to build a sense of self. This, in turn, confirmed that I was indeed heading in the right direction. Here we’ll look at some of the changes you can make to identify and start pursuing your dream, whether that’s something far-reaching like saving the rainforests or something small like working in a bookstore.
Despite being too clumsy to be a prima ballerina and too squeamish to become a vet, I found that I always returned to writing. This was one activity I found myself interested in time and again, regardless of my situation or employment at the time. Identifying your areas of interest like this, by looking at your lifestyle and following your heart, can help you to pinpoint which path to follow. Having a clear goal is critical as it gives you an identifiable objective to work towards and leads to quantifiable success rather than leaving you with no tangible sense of achievement.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t aim high and dream big! For some people, their wildest dreams do come true like Jan-Mikael Kesanen who won the Sunday Million after dreaming that he won big in a poker game. This may have just been coincidence, but Kesanen also put the hard work in beforehand to achieve his dream. His success just goes to show that the power of perseverance and the human mind can garner astonishing results. By applying yourself to a goal, you too will start to see results. Not everybody will win the Sunday Million, but if you don’t aim high, then you’ll never reach your full potential!
Realising your dreams does take a lot of work and perseverance, but it’s also about the journey, not just the destination. You can’t control everything, and you will come across obstacles and setbacks along the way. However, you must be able to roll with the punches and get back up, feeling more motivated and galvanized than before. Learning from your mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions, both those that lead to success and failure, will help you to achieve your dreams. Good luck!
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