Previously in ‘Weekly Quotespiration’: Sweet Solitude
”Dreams are for doers.” – Unknown
Long time no reflective piece! I came across this short quote and I thought it would be a good introduction to another personal development post.
How to achieve dreams? Because as dreamers, it’s easy for us to get caught up in the comfort of too much dreaming and little doing. Our daily commitments easily carry away most of our energy and it takes a lot of determination to still work on our dreams after hours. Excuses aside, one must make the decision to start doing…or doing more. There are no results without action so we need to act on our ideas, try things out and study the results for further improvement.
If you’re a dreamer currently paralyzed and unsure of how to get there, here are 5 hints on what you should be doing:
Learn more about your craft
and use any spare time you have to do so. For instance if you spend a significant time in the commute, listen to enriching videos/podcasts instead of the same songs or the radio station. Set a goal of reading a certain number of books per year. I was watching a video on Warren Buffet’s secrets to success and he repeatedly stated that he read a lot: books, biographies, magazines; anything that contained information that would enrich him and prompt him to make better choices.
Besides reading a lot about self development, I
watch listen to countless motivational/inspirational YouTube videos and I never regret a minute of doing so. Each piece of information helps me improve my ideas and the choices I make to reach my goals. I get assurance that it indeed takes time, hard work and passion – which is refreshing because things can get quickly overwhelming sometimes.
At this point I’m no longer a fond believer in paying for information because I am dead sure the best information is all over the internet for free. However, some of us need structured information and if that’s the case there are many courses online that can teach you more about your craft, there are Youtube videos, there are books, workshops, seminars, you name it. There’s a plethora of knowledge out there for you to acquire – please acquire it. ”One piece of information or one additional skill can make an enormous difference in your ability to do your job well.” – Brian Tracy. Remember: What you know today will not be enough tomorrow.
Don’t let obstacles stop you
Obstacles are there for you to prove your worth. If you can overcome them, you are then worthy of all the rewards that come with your achievements. It’s important to remain optimistic when faced with adversity. Find a lesson in every difficulty, find a silver lining in every shortcoming. Obstacles force us to toughen-up and look for solutions to every problem until problems no longer phase us.
Small progress is better than no progress
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Good things take time and that is a rule. It’s important to believe in the long-term results of the effort you are putting today – having long-term goals helps. As Gary Vaynerchuck says: ”Take your sprinter shoes off. It’s a marathon.”
Try your best to constantly make small improvements, be it on your content, your methods, your behavior. With time these small wins will compound into a big one and you will thank yourself for it. Just like a habit – creating one takes daily effort and repetition but once you get there, it’s second nature. So…create a pace and keep jogging!
Value your time
and don’t waste it on whatever trivialities that don’t help you grow nor get closer to your goals. I agree that time we enjoy wasting isn’t wasted time but let’s be honest, time is our only luxury and a depreciating asset. Valuing your time enough to be able to say no to distractions and use it to fully work on your to-do list and on yourself seems like a wise choice.
Invest money in your dream
It’s something that many people still don’t get or are simply in denial about – You need to spend money to make money, honey. It was hard for me to get a grip of this as well, until I started working part-time and I realized that I had the choice to channel the money of all the ‘eat outs’, trendy clothes, drinks and vacations to my dreams instead. Granted the dream becomes true, the ROI is unlimited so why not invest? Remember, we pay for Uni and in return we
allegedly get ”unlimited” years of salary. Make peace with the concept of ‘funding your dream’ and organize yourself to invest money in your content, in your brand or in knowledge. If you want to be able to get paid to do something, perhaps you should start spending money towards becoming good enough to get there.