We’ve long been programmed to believe that if we worked harder every day, continue the low-living and just settle for small wins, then we are bound to reach our goals faster. I did the same thing, thinking that if I worked longer hours and perform really well, I’ll get the income I want and superiors will recognise my efforts and endorse me for promotion.
So, no, the raise didn’t come. Neither did the promotion.
But it made me realise that only I can bring the change I want in my life—not my work, nor the bosses in the company I work in. I realised I can create the life of my dreams without having to sacrifice quality of life. That you can exit your reality—the life that was monotonous and very much out of balance—and start living the life you really want for yourself.
In this blog, I’d like to share the strategies I used to achieve my dream life.
1. Know who you are
To get to where you want to be, you need to know where exactly you are now. How do you stand financially? Are you physically well? Are you working in a company that is aligned with your values? How happy are you with your life? What are you passionate about? What are your dreams?
It’s important to have a clear definition of who you are so you can outline the person you would want to be and determine the traits that will help you succeed and eliminate the ones that will weigh you down.
2. Choose carefully the person you want to be and the conditions you want to be in
Whenever faced with a major decision, ask this question: Which option is aligned with who I want to be? This will help you clarify the things you really want without fear or hesitation getting in the way. This will also help you be in an environment that supports the life you want to live.
At the same time, imagine yourself living in the world you want to be part of. Tell yourself, “This is my dream life and I am here,” and generate the emotions you would have felt upon achieving your dreams. This will make your intent to work on that dream life even stronger.
3. Focus your energy on the right things
We are all guilty of spending too much time and money on the wrong things at some point in our life. Before you get sidetracked by mindless things, list down your most important goals and make them “high priority.” I’ve been following this really effective goal-setting technique made popular by a rich businessman, where you narrow down your goals to five. Learn more about it on this blog.
By learning to focus and prioritise, you can concentrate on things that create the maximum productivity and payoff. These things are essentially what will make us feel happy and fulfilled.
4. Chart your progress and write down your goals
It is always better practice to go through life armed with a written plan rather than to forge ahead and take whatever comes. Writing your goals down will help push you to keep working in the direction toward your ultimate goal.
Visualise your goals and take action as you get presented with opportunities that will help turn your goals into reality. Learn to spot opportunities that will help you achieve your goals quickly and make a habit out of it.
5. Embrace your fears.
The thing that might be keeping us from achieving the life of our dreams is fear—fear of the unknown, fear of the unfamiliar, fear of failure. Fear is preventing us from making progress in our life’s goals. But a successful future is full of uncertainties, risks and challenges. So unless we embrace our fears and teach ourselves to move forward, away from the safety net of our mediocre reality, we will always be stuck in one place. By pushing ourselves to do something we thought we could never do, amazing results take place.
It would help to think about fear as part of the whole process of creating your dream future. Do what you must, and if you are feeling even just an ounce of fear, it means you are going in the right direction.
Are you ready to live your dream future? Take your time applying these strategies in your life right now and wait for the results.
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