10 Key Steps that can Help you make your Dreams Come True
Dreams, they are the foundation for many innovative ideas and impossibly possible inventions. Who would have ever imagined that man could fly? But the Wright brothers did it. Who thought that a person can hear the voice of their loved ones living in the other end of the world? Alexander Graham Bell did, didn’t he?
Dreams are the craziest thoughts one can ever have, yet make them come true through sheer hard work, faith and passion. The world may laugh at you, if you say you are going to be the next Alexander the Great. But guess what, you will laugh at the world someday, when you really become one. You may wish to be the most beautiful girl or become another Albert Einstein and change the face of science that the world sees! You could do anything and achieve everything you dream.
Let the world waste time by laughing, mocking and making fun of you, while you just go ahead, try out these following simple steps to achieve your dream and make them come true. Climb the stairs to success and glory and finally look down, back there and smile at the entire world for your dream has really come true and YOU made it!
Yes, you have a dream. But how concrete is it? Let’s say, you want to become famous. That is quite vague and incomplete. Isn’t it? Ask questions to yourself. Why become famous? In what way do you want to be famous? How, When, Where? Ask all types of questions and try to make a note of all the answers. Objectify your dream because if you are not sure about what you want, how can you go about it? Be clear in your idea. Ask yourself “where would I be in the next three years’ time? What do I want the most in my life? What’s the purpose of my birth? Ask more and more. Get to know about the thirst and depth of your dream. Get to know about yourself, your mind, your heart because all have to be on the same track in order to ‘make that dream come true.’
9. Knowledge Matters
Now, your dream is clear, you know what you want. The next step is to know how to begin. For that you must have knowledge about your dream. You must know the phenomenon behind flying, if you want to create an aircraft. Am I right? Gather information. Start from the scratch if you know nothing about it. There is nothing wrong in not knowing. It’s better late, than never! Read more, contact people, discuss with peers, surf the web, and ponder over every possible resource. Learn as much as you can, unless you know the details you will not know how to take the next step. That is to make it into a reality from a mere theory or a hypothetical dream!
8. Short / Long Term Goals
The first step towards action is to set a goal. The goal can be a long term one or it can be a collection of short term goals. If you ask me, I would suggest the short term goals because you will have a sense of satisfaction when you accomplish each goal one after the other. You will feel that you are progressing towards your dream steadily. If you take a long term goal, you keep working for a really long time to accomplish just that goal, which is actually just a part of your main dream! In the mean time, you won’t possibly know whether you are moving forward or not. You may even lose the confidence. So it is better to split up your dream into numerous short term goals, fix a target and time duration and watch yourself in the process of achieving your lifetime desire.
7. Make Plans
You have your goals set. You have the football (dream) too. Now how do you take the ball carefully crossing all the obstacles and opponents and reach your goal? All you need is a strategy. Plan it!
Plan what all you have got to do, think of all the possible problems and practical difficulties you would have to confront. Plan your time, activities, and the necessary work that you have to do. Sometimes you may trip, fall down and miss. Do not lose your heart. You can get up once again, chase it, grab it and you can run again steadily towards your dream. All you need is a plan B! Keep it ready. Do not make unreal plans. Make plans in such a way that they can be applied and executed practically.
6. That Extra Mile
Working regularly for fixed number of hours is not a big deal. Anybody could do that. Every student can sit and study 3 hours a day. But not all get the same marks. How do you think the toppers emerge? How much is a 99 different from a 100? That one mark indicates perfection. It represents their “Extra Mile.” Achievers and toppers always take the extra step. They work an extra hour. They do not stop. That makes them different from ordinary – the extraordinary. But who said you are ordinary? All you have to do is take the “Extra Mile.” Put on a little more effort than you usually do and be the “Extraordinary.”
5. Burn Your Boats
Hernán Cortés, a very famous explorer took his warriors to conquer Veracruz, Mexico in the year 1519. The weather was fierce and very dangerous for a battle. In order to completely demolish the idea of retreat, he asked his men to burn their boats.
You won’t know how strong you really are, until being strong is your only choice. Burn your boats. Make sure there is no retreat. Even if you see a huge block, try to walk around or climb over it. Never stop. Keep marching. Have a Plan B, but never a Dream B! If you can not make this one, how will you make the other? Challenge yourself. Endure the pressure; you will shine like a diamond. Face every obstacle and take it as a challenge. Keep working.
4. Your Four-Minute-Mile
People believed that nobody can finish the mile run in less than one minute until Roger Bannister did it. He crossed the finish line 3:59.4. It is just a matter of one second, but it changed the entire world’s view! He created a new target. After that many athletes began to finish the mile run even faster. That “four minute” was indeed a barrier which did not actually exist, but was assumed to be.
Now, what’s your four-minute-mile? What all have you assumed as impossible? What do you think you can not do? Do you think you really can’t? Or is it just your assumption?
Work on it. Do not let your assumptions stop you from achieving your dreams. Try every door, push even the walls. It does not matter as long as you keep working, someday you may really push the wall, it could have just been made out of cardboard and you could have just assumed it to be made of bricks and cement!
3. Reward Yourself
You can not expect someone to come, pat your back and say, “good job!” while you are working towards your dream. You will be praised by the entire world someday. But motivation is the fuel for success and ‘Self Motivation’ is an inexhaustible source of fuel and energy!
Whenever you finish a particular target, reward yourself. Go for a picnic, take a break. “All work and no play, makes Johnny a dull boy!” It will make you feel happier. You won’t feel fatigued nor lose interest to work hard, as there is a reward waiting at the end of the day! Who doesn’t like a candy after all the bitter gourd?!
2. Stay on Track
When you are busy doing your job, always take time to clear the air. Make sure you are actually moving towards the target without any deviations and distractions from the planned path. Keep track of what you are doing, have done and have got to do. Create a chart containing your plans. Maintain a notebook with detailed entries regarding each day’s work and progress. If you are lagging behind, do a double shift and try to catch up! Just be sure about your position every now and then, stay on track.
1. Be Passionate
All the hard work, plans and execution would go in vain if you don’t put your heart into it. Anything done mechanically will not give you the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction. It would just be a sheer waste of your time, energy and above all, you would have only wasted your life on something that is really not yours. Be truly passionate. Love what you do. Achieve your goals, make your dream come true and enjoy the ultimate level of contentment and joy in life.