What’s the main thing that most of us have in common? We have ambitions and goals. Most of us have something that we work towards. Buying a house, getting the dream job, travelling the world, the list is endless.
It’s so important to make time for the things that you love doing, whether it makes you money or not.
Many people don’t pursue their dreams because they think it will be a waste of time. And as much as they want to pursue it, they’re scared of their hard work not paying off. They’re scared of giving it their all in case it doesn’t take off in the way that they expected it to.
But at some point you have to ask yourself, ‘why not?’
So here’s a few steps that you can take right now.
Try to fit in around other responsibilities
If you’re working full time as well as having other responsibilities, it might feel like there’s no time in the day to work on anything else. While it may be difficult to manage at first, setting aside a very small amount of time each day or each week can still be really beneficial. If you can only manage an hour or two a week, then that’s still going to set you off in the right direction. The only way your dreams stay dreams is if you don’t pursue them.
Do the research
No matter what you’re working towards, you will probably come across a few obstacles. Most likely, you’ll need to make time to do your own research so you can find out what steps you need to take in order to get things moving. For example, if you’re trying to start a small business, then you need to establish who you’re targetting and how best to promote your products. A big part of success is also trial and error. Try to observe what works and what doesn’t and make a note of it. Remember that it’s okay if things don’t take off straight away. If you’re patient and dedicated, then you’ll get there.
Stop doubting yourself
I know that it’s easier said than done, but you gain nothing from doubting yourself. The main reason why people stop believing in their dreams is self-doubt. What you need to question is why you don’t believe in yourself in the first place. A lot of us believe that we aren’t talented, that we mess up, that we need a lot more practise and experience before we can achieve anything. That stems from insecurity. Although it’s hard to shift those doubts, and most of us do have them from time to time, it is possible to start believing in yourself more.
You need to start by recognising that you have talents. There are things that you are incredibly good at. Forget, ‘practise makes perfect,’ as that suggests that you need to be perfect at something before you can pursue it. And that’s not true. You don’t need to aim for perfection.
I want to end this post by saying that if you have a dream, then go for it. There will always be people who will tell you that it’s not worth it, that it’s too time-consuming, that it’s too risky, that it’s too costly, but don’t let those opinions hold you back from going after what you want.
At the end of the day, it is your life.
How you choose to live it is entirely up to you.