Turn Your Dreams Into Reality!

from daveramsey.com on 04 Jan 2012
 

This is your year.

To make things happen.

To pursue your dreams.

To say no to wimping out.

To achieving new results!

Think about something you've always wanted to do. Go on, let yourself daydream a little. Is it skydiving? Going back to school? Starting your own business? Backpacking across Europe with your best friend? Getting a dog?

Whatever it is, this is the year to end all procrastination. Too many people waste their time thinking about something they want to do, but very few people actually do it. Don't let yourself become another sad statistic of someone not being motivated enough to pursue their goal.

Excuses Are Enemies

Think about what's stopping you from chasing your dream. Is it fear? Are you afraid you'll take a chance and fail?

Maybe it's money. Are you so worried about money that you let it push your dreams to the side?

A lot of people use time as an excuse. We're all busy, and it's no secret that Americans are getting even busier and have problems saying no.

But you can't let any of the excuses put a halt on your goals. If you want something bad enough, you will make the time to turn your dreams into realities. Figure out what's stopping you from pursuing your goal, and determine a way to get around that.

Here are five steps to take your aspiration from a pipe dream to a page in your personal history book.

1. Create a plan.
Remember what stopped you from pursuing your goal until now? Well, come up with a plan to not let that reason stop you anymore. Whatever the issue, having a plan in place will give you the confidence boost you need to actually make this happen! Read this to help you formulate the best plan.

2. Do your research.
Get advice from others who have done what you want to do. Learn from their mistakes. Read books from and about them. Having lots of information before you head into something is always a great way to be prepared.

3. Be realistic.
Some people have a dream of traveling across the globe in a year or hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro. Although it's great to have goals, you need to make sure your dreams are doable for you within the time frame you have set. You should still challenge yourself and not make your goals so easy that there's no motivation or sacrifice involved.

4. Cover the financial aspect.
Of course we're going to tell you to do a budget! Dreams can cost money. Whether it's $300 for a flight lesson or $5,000 for an Italian getaway, money is a crucial factor. Write up a plan for your money to make sure you have what you need to chase your goal.

5. Take a chance and go for it!
This step can be the hardest one to do because fears are holding you back. But if you've followed the previous four steps, you're ready! Now it's time to make it happen. Don't talk yourself out of this dream. Life involves risks, but when you've planned ahead, those risks are a little less scary to take.

Once you've mastered these five steps, you will soon be marking off your dream from your bucket list. Perhaps it will even inspire you to dream up more goals for yourself! Conquer whatever it is that's stopping you and achieve new results in 2012!

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