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Dreams are for doers. Are you doing?

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Location: Maputo, Mozambique

Previously in ‘Weekly Quotespiration’: Sweet Solitude

Introduction to Weekly Quotspiration

Today’s quote:

”Dreams are for doers.” – Unknown

My thoughts:  

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.

Guys, modesty aside I am really proud of this reflective piece. I hope it inspires you to start learning more and doing more.
If you feel like you are doing enough, guess what? It’s never enough.  *sigh*
Let me know your thoughts!

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Yara Mel

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61 Comments

  • Reply Palesa

    This post was really inspiring. I plan on investing in my craft and also trying to figure out where to put my focus on when it comes to my creativity.
    Palesa : http://prettypalesa.co.za

    January 14, 2018 at 10:36 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Go girl! You can do it 😀

      January 15, 2018 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Rubi

    Great advice Yara! I love that you talked about becoming an expert at your craft. I have recently started listening to podcasts about things that interest me and it is so great!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    January 11, 2018 at 12:59 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      That’s great Rubi! It’s all about improving ourselves 🙂

      January 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Kuks

    so true about investing money in your dreams.
    Wonder Cottage

    January 3, 2018 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Daeyz

    Love this piece! Totally saving it for when I am feeling uninspired!

    xx
    Daeyz
    http://www.daeyz.com

    December 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I’m glad! Thanks Daeyz 🙂

      December 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Saida - She talks Glam

    Such a nice motivational post Yara Mel. I think is a good one to start the year off with the right foot. I couldn’t agree more with your point that dreams are for doers, otherwise they will always stay dreams, and that we need to invest in ourselves in order to reach our goals. I hope you are having a fantastic December, honey, and may all your dreams become reality :*

    Saida | She talks Glam

    December 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Federica Di Nardo

    You are totally right 😉

    Federica
    http://www.federicadinardo.com

    December 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Kuks

    Most at times, people just dream without doing something about it. Dreams are indeed for doers.
    Wonder Cottage

    December 15, 2017 at 5:57 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Exactly! thanks Kuks!

      December 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Zhanna

    I agree with everything! It’s so important to take actions if you want to see your dream come true. Thank you very much for reminding that you have to go and do despite all obstacles.

    http://www.morethandestination.com

    December 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You’re welcome Zhanna 🙂

      December 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I’m glad Zhanna 🙂

      December 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply sivylla

    This was very inspirational! We all need to believe in our dreams and go after them! I have checked out some of your other posts and love your blog overall! I would really like to hear your thoughts on my latest blog post! You can find it here:
    http://thisissivylla.com/2017/12/the-christmas-dress/

    Love,
    Sivylla

    December 15, 2017 at 9:30 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Sivylla! Will do 🙂

      December 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Lisa Autumn

    Such a motivational post! Thank you babe!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    December 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Falasha

    Great tips and very motivational.
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    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion
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    December 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thank you Falasha 🙂

      December 13, 2017 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Carmen

    This quote is beautiful and I really liked your thoughts about it. I will definitely stick to this motto and keep it in mind!
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    December 13, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Elke

    This is such a good post. The tips are great! Thank you for sharing. <3

    December 13, 2017 at 9:09 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You’re welcome Elke 🙂

      December 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Katherine

    I think it’s so true that obstacles are there for you to prove what you are going to do to overcome it!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

    December 13, 2017 at 5:06 am
  • Reply Dominique

    Love these points! Such an inspirational post hunny xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

    December 12, 2017 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    I love this, babe- so well said!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    December 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Konstantina

    Working on your dreams is so important if you want to maintain a healthy mind! Great post.
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

    December 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Tina

    Ohyes youre absolutely right with your points and sometimes its good to sit down, note some goals or even reflect what has been achieved 🙂


    xxx

    Tina
    https://styleappetite.com

    December 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You’re right Tina 🙂

      December 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Marina W

    This is such an informative post. love it 🙂

    – Marina

    https://waitmarinawho.blogspot.tw/

    December 12, 2017 at 3:22 am
  • Reply Racquel

    Such a great read! During your process of achieving your dream keep your purpose in mind. For me, focusing on my purpose helped me do more towards my dreams. Thanks for sharing!

    -Racquel
    http://www.purposely-you.com

    December 12, 2017 at 1:27 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      That’s a great perspective to have! Thanks Racquel 🙂

      December 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Babe!! I love love this piece too!! All the points are so true!! I think everyone should read this!! Gotta keep living that dream!!

    xxx

    Ashley

    http://www.missgunner.com

    December 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply ANGELEBABY

    such an inspiring post!!! always love reading your writing 🙂
    xx
    http://angelebaby.com

    December 11, 2017 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply The Fashion Folks

    Yesss to this post! So good, interesting and motivational. I also listen a lot to youtube videos. So many good ones out there and love that they keep on popping up. One I’ve been listening a lot to lately is Brendon Burchard, he’s is so structured in his videos and also has interesting perspectives. Have a lovely week gorgeous! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    December 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Emily

    This is a great guide to remind us that dreams only work if we do! Love all the motivation here. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    December 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Lizzie

    I really needed this! I’m happy to have discovered your blog x

    Lizzie Oladunni

    December 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I’m so glad Lizzie 🙂

      December 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply bonjourchiara

    Small progress is better than no progress, how true are these words! xx
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

    December 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Constance

    Love this post Yara! So inspiring! ♥

    http://www.mursway.com/

    December 11, 2017 at 10:55 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Glad you do! Thanks Constance 🙂

      December 11, 2017 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Andrea

    Such an inspiring post!! Im definitely adding it to my mark posts, so I can come back to it when Im lacking motivation to work in my goals!

    https://justohana.blogspot.com.es

    December 11, 2017 at 10:28 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      That’s great Andrea! 😀 thanks

      December 11, 2017 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Corina

    Couldn’t agree more with “small progress is better than no progress”. Loved reading this article! Wishing you a wonderful week!

    xo Corina
    http://unbouquetdamour.com/monday-favorites-back-basics-pantsuit/

    December 11, 2017 at 8:36 am
  • Reply keri

    Love everything about this. Such important tips to keep yourself going. I’ve been loving podcasts lately! Do you have any favorite motivational podcast you recommend?

    Enclothed Cognition

    December 11, 2017 at 12:44 am
  • Reply the adventurer

    Loved reading this post, even the smallest step forward is one step closer to achieving your dream =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    December 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Annabelle

    Loved this post! I am currently trying to change my attitude for the better regarding setting goals and following dreams, so this was a very helpful read!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

    December 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Desire Uba

    This post was timely for me as I had forgotten that Small Progress is better than no progress. I have been hitting hard on myself, and that has been counterproductive. Negative thoughts only breed more negative thoughts.
    This was an awesome read, and just in case you have not, you should also write on Medium if you can. Your writing will be very much appreciated by people like me there too!
    You should be proud of this! It is an amazing one.
    http://www.desireuba.wordpress.com

    December 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Awww thank you So Much Desire ! I will check medium out. Glad you liked this 🙂

      December 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Great post!! It was very inspiring to read! I agree that we have to invest in our dreams so we can see some results!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

    December 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Shivangi

    Loved reading this post! 🙂 Thanks for sharing these valuable tips! <3 Have a lovely day! 🙂
    xx
    Shivangi
    http://www.outoncatwalk.com/happiest-place-earth/

    December 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Glad you enjoyed 🙂

      December 10, 2017 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Sindy

    This post is befitting my mindset right now. I have been demotivated and just lazy and not feeling like doing anything. But I have so many dreams and aspirations that I wish to ascertain in the near and long future. Great post girl. How is Mozambique treating you this festive season?
    http://www.sindisosdiary.com

    December 10, 2017 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Nicole

    Improving or perfefting your craft is super important! I only recently realised the importance of investing in your dream & since then i have been going places. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.glitsxgrace.com

    December 10, 2017 at 6:42 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thant’s great! Thanks Nicole 😀

      December 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Lyosha

    so true. I always remind myself not to aim only to big time/money investment in a dream. The key is to stay constant. I hope I’m more of a doer now but slacking off into being dreamer from time to time.

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

    December 10, 2017 at 5:10 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      That’s such a good insight Lyosha, tbh as long as you ‘stay constant’ you will get somewhere! 🙂

      December 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Courtney

    These are really good tips. Putting in the work, and the time will really help achieve your dreams. Also having a set plan.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    December 10, 2017 at 3:19 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Exactly Courtney! Thank you 🙂

      December 14, 2017 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Deborah

    Awesome piece, dear. I strongly believe that dreams are for doers because I experienced it myself when instead of just sitting there hoping that something happens I actually rolled up my sleeves and made them happen 😉 Funnily enough, I’m in a situation now where I forgot one of those points: “Small progress is better than no progress”. That’s so true and I have forgotten about that! So thank you for writing it, I needed this reminder in my life right now. <3
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

    December 9, 2017 at 12:02 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I’m glad you read it Deborah! Go get it ! 😀

      December 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm

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