When it comes to achieving our dreams, the single most important thing that we can do – and often the most ignored part of chasing our dreams – is taking action.
I will admit that I used to be bad at it as well. I would really want something and would then just sit back and wait for that something to come to me. I got stuck in my dreams about what I wanted to do. I would overthink every little detail that went into my dreams. I would procrastinate when I should have taken action. I would allow my doubts and negativity to prevent me from moving forward with my dreams.
As a result of my bad habits, I didn’t achieve very many of my dreams. Instead of using every roadblock as an opportunity to make me stronger, I used it as a sign telling me that I just wasn’t meant to achieve my dream.
When this was my mindset and logic, I didn’t end up achieving very many of my dreams. Instead of living the extraordinary life that I wanted to be living, I became complacent and focused on being average.
Things have changed a lot since then though. I am not the same person that I once was. I have developed a stronger mindset, adapted new habits, and have started to take action on my dreams. Only now are they beginning to come to reality.
If you want to know how to take action on your dreams and turn them into a reality, then use this advice to help you out. Here are # habits to turn help turn dreams into reality.
10 Habits to Help Turn Dreams into Reality
1. Map out your day right when you wake up.
You need a plan if you want to achieve your true potential and turn your dreams into a reality.
Think of it as driving a car. Every time you get into your car, you have a clear focus on what your destination is. Because you know where it is that you want to go, you will eventually get there.
Life is the same. You need a clear focus on where it is that you want to go because without knowing your destination, you will never know if you are traveling in the right direction.
Map out your day right when you wake up. Write down all of the things that you want to accomplish, all of the tasks that you need to get done, and the vision that you have for yourself. Only once you focus on your destination will you be able to ensure that you are heading in the right direction.
2. Get the biggest task out of the way first.
I first learned this when I read Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing. The goal is to focus on doing one thing right away in the morning that is going to set the rest of your day up to be easier and more productive.
When you get the first and most important task done first thing in the morning, you don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. It won’t cause you to stress or weigh down on your day. And because you achieved it first thing in the morning, you are able to give it your undivided attention and accomplish it to the best of your ability.
Have you ever noticed how unproductive you are when you come home from work? All you want to do is lounge and throw your feet up. You have things that you need to get done, but you are just too tired and so you continuously push them off.
Prevent yourself from doing this by getting the biggest task out of the way first thing in the morning. You will feel better about your work and will achieve your dreams much quicker.
3. Take responsibility for your actions.
This is a tough pill for some of us to swallow, but we are where we are in life because we have allowed ourselves to be here. Nobody else is responsible for our actions, only we are.
Sure, there are going to be circumstances and situations that you aren’t always going to be able to control, but you have the ability to always control the most powerful influence on any and all success, and that is your perception.
If something goes wrong, ask yourself what you can learn from that situation, from that relationship, or whatever else it might be, and prevent yourself from making the same mistake again. Learn from your mistakes, take responsibility for your actions, and be the best person that you can be.
4. Focus on progression instead of perfection.
One major piece of advice that I have for you is to let go of perfection. There is no such thing as perfection. In everything that we do, there is always going to be room for improvement.
The more we focus on being perfect, the more our fears are going to consume us and prevent us from continuing to move forward with our dreams. There is never a perfect way to do anything, only your way.
When you learn to focus on progression instead of perfection, not only are you going to be looking for ways to improve along the way, but you are also going to be more motivated to take action towards your dreams. You won’t see challenges and mistakes as a means of failure. You will see them as a learning opportunity and a chance to grow into a better and stronger individual.
Remember, taking action is necessary to achieve your dreams. The more we focus on perfection instead of progression, the more fearful we will become of failure and the less action we will be willing to take.
5. Learn to manage your time wisely.
Time-block your days. This is going to help you so much in turning your dreams into a reality.
Often times when we start to pursue a dream, we get overwhelmed with all of the different components that go into turning them into our reality. But when you time-block your day and structure it out, you have a clear focus for every minute of your time.
How it works is that you schedule an hour or two for each task that you need to complete. Maybe it’s an hour towards building your website, two hours towards connecting with clients, or two hours responding to emails.
Whatever the task might be, give it an assigned timeframe. This is going to help prevent distractions from sucking your time, thus leading to you being more productive and achieving your dreams in a more timely manner.
If you don’t like time-blocking, use a practice that is going to help you manage your time more efficiently. Keep a planner, use the reminders app on your phone. Whatever you have to do, own your time. It is yours, not anybody else’s.
6. Let go of what others think.
When I was younger I always took to heart what other people said about me. I wanted to be liked by everybody around me. I wanted to have all of the attention on me. I wanted everybody to envy my life as much as I was envying theirs.
The reality is that most people didn’t think about me as much as I thought they did. Everybody was busy living their own life, but because I was so focused on the attention and approval of others, I was allowing them to live mine as well.
Whether it is striving to be accepted or worrying about what other people think of the choices that you make, learn to let go. Don’t let others take away from you living your life more than they already have. If they judge you, so be it. Odds are that they will completely forget about it in the matter of a few minutes, and so too should you.
This is your life to live. You need to be happy with the decisions that you make and the path that you are going in. Don’t live to be accepted by others. Live to be accepted by yourself.
7. Envision yourself achieving your dreams.
When you start to envision yourself living your dreams, something in your mind clicks and you subconsciously start to progress towards that dream.
Manifesting isn’t just something that is just made up. People use it all the time to help them achieve success.
Ever noticed how a basketball player closes their eyes before shooting a free-throw, how a golfer stands back from their shot before stepping up to the ball, or how a diver has that locked-in glare at the end of the diving board? It’s because they are envisioning their next move which is helping them to act with confidence.
Whatever your dream is, regardless of if it is a small dream or a dream that may take a lifetime to achieve, envision what your life will look like once you do achieve that dream. The more you envision yourself achieving your dreams, the more motivated you will be to actually achieve them and live the life that you desire.
8. Have fun with the process.
Sometimes, the work that goes into habits to help turn dreams into reality isn’t always fun. Some tasks are boring, uneventful, and time-consuming.
Don’t be scared to add some fun to it. You are creating your dream life, make it as fun and enjoyable as you possibly can. Create a game out of it. Challenge and push yourself to beat your previous time. Listen to some motivating music while you work towards your dream. Focus on your end goal and reward yourself for every step in the right direction.
Whatever you need to do in order to have fun, do it. The more fun you have chasing your dreams and turning them into your reality, the less likely you are to quit or give up when you either get bored or when the going gets tough.
9. Celebrate your victories – even the small ones.
Regardless of how much or how little you achieved, celebrate each and every single one of your victories as they have helped you to get all that much closer towards achieving your dreams. It’s all of the small victories that will help you to win the war, not just the big ones.
Take 2 minutes at the end of your day to think about the progress that you had made, appreciate and celebrate the action that you took, and learn from the mistakes that you made.
While I will admit that I am not the best when it comes to rewarding myself for all of my victories, I have found that when I do, I am much more motivated to continue making strides towards my goals. But not only am I more motivated, I also feel better about myself and the tasks that I have accomplished, and my overall confidence increases.
All of these things are important pieces in achieving any of our dreams.
10. Do it anyway.
As Mel Robbins once said, “Don’t feel like it? Do it anyway.”
When you are tired and don’t feel like turning your dreams into a reality, do it anyways. When life is stressful and you would rather relax, you do it anyways. When obstacles stand in your way, you take action towards your dreams anyways.
Unless you are willing to take the action necessary to achieve your dreams, they are only going to remain a desire instead of turning into a reality.
Don’t let your excuses stop you from living the life that you want for yourself. Work hard for yourself, be bigger than all of your excuses, and create whatever life it is that you want to live. You and only you are in control of your life. So do it anyway because nobody else is going to turn your dreams into your reality for you.