How long have you dreamed of quitting your job?
How long has it been since you started dreaming about that round-the-world trip?
How many times have you imagined a life free of a demanding boss, where you answer only to yourself?
How many times have you set and re-set goals to change your life, build a new business, focus more on your friends and family?
If you’re anything like me, and millions of other people around the world, you’re dreams are exactly that: dreams.
You’ve been dreaming of a different job, a different life, a new business forever.
You’ve set goals, you’ve written the goals down, you’ve even told friends about them.
You’ve emphasized your dreams when you make your New Year’s resolutions, every December.
Still they are just dreams.
They make you smile when you think about them, but they are always elusive.
When you think about your dreams and where you want to be, something about them just doesn’t feel realistic. You have doubts about realizing your dreams and fulfilling your goals.
Life’s comfortable enough, and you can escape to your dreams whenever things get a bit tough.
Here’s the 1 simple trick to turning your dreams into reality:
Imagine what life will be like once your dreams come true.
Start living this way, now.
If you want your dreams to come true. If you want to meet your goals. You have to work as if those dreams are already reality and those goals are already achieved.
To understand this better, let’s look at how most people handle goals:
- You have a desire to be somewhere or achieve something that is out of your reach at the present moment
- You set a long-term goal, perhaps write it down
- You focus on that goal and try to achieve it
Now, while there are many ways to set and try to achieve goals (some better than others), they all suffer from one big problem:
Goal setting always puts you behind the 8-ball, chasing your dreams
What if you were to change from goal setting to goal driving.
Instead of setting a target to be reached, act as though you are already at the target.
Visualize what it is you want and put yourself there, now.
Let’s look at some examples:
Want to be a writer? Call yourself a writer and start writing now. Start a blog, submit your writing to other blogs for publications, write your book.
Want to spend more time with your family? Decide how many hours a day you want to spend with your family and start today.
Want to spend less time in the office? Start doing the minimum number of office hours required and talk to your boss about a flexible work-plan to increase productivity.
Do a quick evaluation of your goals and dreams now:
When was the last time you felt a sense of achievement? That you had achieved a goal or turned a dream into reality?
Been a while?
Then take a leaf out of Nike’s book:
JUST DO IT