Reha dreamed of becoming a bestselling writer ever since she read her first novel as a child. In school, she sought activities that brought her close to literature and language. She wrote poems and short stories that were published in local papers. Reha decided to pursue English literature and creative writing in college, stepping that much closer to her dream.
She visualized a clear path to becoming an author. Reha was inspired by many on her journey and kept them close to her heart. Ultimately, she was able to make the bestseller list with her hard work and determination.
Most of us want to fulfill our dreams but we don’t know how to go about it. Instead of focusing our efforts on achieving our dreams, we tend to waver and lose interest. Dreams can become reality if we’re ready to give them our best shot. But first, we need to be clear on what it is that we want!
How To Achieve Your Dreams
Fulfilling your dreams doesn’t come with a rulebook. But you can chalk out a clearly defined path to follow, keep yourself in check and monitor your progress. If you want to work in a particular organization, you need to think about what steps you should take. From creating an impactful resume to reaching out to the right people, the more specific your goals, the more likely you are to fulfill your dream.
Here are some steps to achieve your dreams:
Find Your Purpose
When we travel, we visit many unfamiliar places and we follow a map to reach our destination. Discovering your purpose in life is similar because it helps you find your way. Whether you want to work for a social cause or run your own business, your purpose guides and motivates you to achieve your dreams. Especially when you stumble, your purpose helps you persevere against all odds.
There are many ways to discover your purpose, such as writing your purpose statement. Include everything you want to achieve, if there’s a problem you want to solve and what you want to be recognized for. This will help you act on your purpose.
Set The Right Objectives
Goal-setting is a critical step in fulfilling your dreams because you can track where you’re headed and how far you’ve come. But you need to set the right objectives to achieve your dreams. Someone who wants to be a mathematician will study mathematics in college and participate in Olympiads. If you want to help people, you can work with a non-profit or an NGO. The right objectives can guide you on the right path toward your dreams.
Visualize Your Dreams
When you’re feeling lost and confused, it may help you to visualize where you want to be. If you want to start your own business, visualize yourself as the CEO, how your business will help others and how many people you’ll have working with you. Visualization is a nifty trick that encourages you to keep moving, especially in a crisis situation. Make a vision board and hang it where you can see it daily. The motivation to achieve what you’ve visualized can push you to work.
Put In The Work
Prepare yourself to put in the right amount of work to achieve your goals. Pursuing your dreams requires hard work and motivation. Putting in the work doesn’t mean you have to work round the clock. It just means to give you full concentration while you’re working. Achieving a state of flow—when you’re entirely engrossed in the task at hand—means you’re putting your best foot forward.
Most of all, stay focused. There may be times when you’re feeling discouraged but as long as you remember to get back up and go to work, you’ll get there. Following your dreams has a lot to do with perseverance. Procrastinating or putting off work for a later date can stand in the way of achieving your dreams. But if you pace yourself, follow your timelines and measure your progress, you can definitely make your dream a reality.
How to fulfill your dreams is a question that comes with as many answers as there are dreamers. The path you choose will be unique and unlike any other. Judge your strengths, weaknesses and skills to determine the best way to realize your dreams.
Harappa’s Discovering Purpose course will teach you how to conquer the first step in fulfilling your dreams. Find your path and stay focused to do what you want in life. Our course incorporates core concepts like the State of Flow and Ikigai to discover what makes your life meaningful and what gives you joy. Envision your best self today to realize it tomorrow.
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