The biggest mistakes well-intentioned people make in the pursuit of their dreams…and how to fix them.
If you’ve tried to go after the same goals year after year, but just can’t seem to get it off the ground, and want to know why, then here’s what’s missing.
1. You’re not using the gift you were born with.
No other species on the plant has the power of imagination. Only humans can look into an empty field and see a home. Only humans can look at a blank canvas, and turn it into a masterpiece. Only humans, and YOU are part of that enduring legacy.
With imagination, we have the power to open all the doors of our potential, and create unstoppable momentum towards our dreams.
But deep down, you already know this is true. You’ve seen its power at play many times. Whenever you get hungry, think of pizza, then order it. Every time you see a new piece of technology you want, or even an adorable puppy, imagine yourself having it, then somehow find a way to get it. With me now?
You know it’s power to move you. Now imagine if you used this power to picture the life that you want, in vivid bold color and detail.
It is the key that unlocks all the doors within you, and starts the miracle process of creating something from nothing.
Try this: Spend 2-3 minutes imagining that the future you desire has happened. What do you see, what do you feel, is it cold or warm in that future vision?
Notice what immediately changes in your willingness to make it real.
2. You’re not asking yourself the big questions.
It’s not always easy, facing the truth of our situations, but high achievers, entrepreneurs, and bad a** moms and dads don’t concern themselves with what’s easy, but with what’s necessary.
These brave souls frequently ask themselves: “how am I doing?,” “what could be better?,” and “how can I improve?”
Certainly these questions take courage and a growth mindset, but it’s the SAME courage and mindset that it takes to live the life of your dreams. So if you can face yourself in the mirror, then you can face the road ahead. It’s just that simple.
If you’re ready, let’s give it a try: Ok, question for you my friend, how is life going for you overall? Where is it that you feel that you are crushing it, and what areas do you feel you have room to improve in? Take a moment and reflect on that. I bet you know the answer.
You see, it’s brave little steps like this that build our confidence and our character. Keep turning towards yourself, and towards truth. Word on the street is, the truth sets us free.
When you’re ready, let’s move on to number 3.
3. You’ve fallen into the “don’t know, can’t do it” trap.
It’s staggering how many people around the world imagine what they want and then IMMEDIATELY jump into “but I don’t know how to get it,” and shut down ALL the creative juices within them.
Examples: 1) I’d love to write a book one day… but I don’t know where to begin with writing or publishing a book. So… I guess it’s not in the cards for me. 2) I dream of being in a loving and happy relationship, but everyone around me is either miserably married or divorced. There seems to be no roadmap for how to even begin with this… so I guess I’ll just settle in to just being “fine” with things.
You see where I’m going with this. It’s SO SO very tempting to jump to the false conclusion that IF we don’t immediately know how to do something, or even if no one around us does, THEN that means….
Here is my challenge to you: Think of what you want. No, the thing you really want, deeply. I’ll give you a minute.
Now, the first thing you need to know, is that it’s possible. Thousands of people have stood right where you are, on the precipice of greatness. You don’t lack potential, you don’t lack courage, and you certainly don’t lack vision (we covered this in tip #1). You only lack a teacher and a path.
Decide that it’s worth it. Decide that YOU are worth it. That life is just too damn short to waste a moment, let alone a day, a week, a month or even a year living a life that you’re not 100% happy with.
Everything you want is within your grasp.
I hope this message reached you at the right time, and gave you the nudge you needed to go after your dreams.
Oh hey there. Was there one idea or message in this article that got you thinking? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.
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About the Author
Executive Coach and Founder of Journey Coaching Method™.
Patrick believes that each of us, without exception, has the power to shape our minds, bodies, and lives in any direction we choose. His mission is to help you get the insights, tools, and strategies you need to live an extraordinary life.