How to keep your dreams alive during current circumstancesMike Bakertimeframe, prioritization, balanced success, don't quit
To stay truly motivated on the journey toward your dream, you
must see two things: progress and growth! It's easy to give up on a
dream if progress and growth are nonexistent. This doesn't have to
be big progress or growth. This can include very small progress or
growth steps. This can be very motivating, and it's difficult to
become discouraged if you're moving forward. Here are four steps
you can take to build your dream during current circumstances.
Step 1: Make sure you put some serious thought into your
This means writing out what your dream looks like when you arrive.
It also means putting a lot of thought into the hows. How will you
achieve your dream? Many people have ideas and even dreams that
don't mean anything because they haven't really put much thought
into it. If you're serious about your dream, you'll pay the price
and put some time and effort into your vision. If you're not sold
on your own dream, nobody else will be, either.
Step 2: Set a timeframe around the time you want to
arrive at your dream
Give yourself time to achieve it. Greatness does not happen
overnight and never will. Once you answer number one above, you'll
know what it will take to achieve and will be able to estimate how
long each step or process will take. Put a timeframe around your
dream that includes milestones along the way. So if you have a
three-year plan, you can set milestone markers along the way every
three months. This way, you will be able to witness your progress,
which is very motivating!
Step 3: Prioritization is key to balanced
Don't let any dream distract you from doing what is right. You may
have a family to support, along with mortgage payments, car
payments, rent, etc. No dream (even if you achieve it) is worth
your health or the relationship that you have with your immediate
family. So set the appropriate amount of time to work on your dream
in the evenings and weekends outside of your normal job. Have
patience and do the right thing. Any dream will start to show
itself to you and to your loved ones if you pace yourself and have
Step 4: The only tragedy of not fulfilling a dream is if
you quit before you arrive
Keep in mind that dreams are not easy to achieve and most people
give up well before any attempt. Don't let this be you! If you have
a dream, go for it! Make sure you take your loved ones with you, to
make it happen. You do this by communicating with them on a regular
basis so that they feel included in what you're up to. If you've
made the decision to write out and communicate a dream, then commit
to it and have an ultimate resolve that you are going to do
whatever it takes to achieve it (within moral, ethical and legal
guidelines, of course).
I've always said that the biggest sale you'll ever have to make
is a sale called "you." You have to be sold on your own dream in
order to defeat everything that you'll come up against in your
journey toward it. When Walt Disney drove Art Linkletter through
the orange orchards in Orange County, Calif., he held up an orange
to Art and asked him, "Art, what do you see here?" Art Linkletter
said, "That's an orange." Then Walt Disney replied, "Art, you see
an orange, and I see the happiest place on earth."
What do you see when you visualize your dreams? Don't give up.
You can do it!
Mike Baker is an author, speaker and mortgage-industry
leader, and is the former CEO of Mortgage Coach. He may be
reached at (800) 928-7110 or e-mail email@example.com.