Having a dream and being a dreamer are two distinct states of mind. Dreamers are people who drift through life with no real plans. Someone who has a dream is a doer on their way to achieving their goal.
You become a doer when you decide to take your head out of the clouds, face the challenges that lie ahead, and devise a plan of attack. If you're willing to put in the effort, here are 9 steps to help you stop dreaming and start doing.
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1. Accept personal responsibility for your actions
It's the most unappealing thing in the world to hear someone constantly wine and complain about their life. Especially when they blame the rest of the world for their woes. The entire universe is most likely working against you, does not care about you, and will deceive you.
This does not excuse any actions, or lack thereof, on your part. Declare aloud, “I am in control of my behavior and choose how to react to circumstances.” Every day, say it. Nothing could be more accurate than that statement.
You have the ability and the need to begin actively controlling your thoughts and emotions. When you are angry, learn to control your rage. When a negative thought enters your mind, immediately push it out. This takes practice because our environment has programmed us to behave and think in certain ways.
Defy your negativity or you will remain a bitter and unhappy person. Use your aggression to your advantage by working out or putting it to good use at work.
2. Love and forgiveness are given and received
It is time to start focusing on positivity once you have mastered your inner power of controlling your thoughts and emotions. The best place to begin is to accept others and forgive those who have caused you pain. Giving love and forgiveness isn't really about giving.
It is all about you healing by letting go of toxic relationships. These people will fight for you if they truly love and care about you. You know they didn't care if you walk away and never hear from them again, so why should you? Your resentments cause you to concentrate on people who do not deserve your time or attention.
Anger causes you to feel irrational, depressed, duped, sad, regretful, and lonely. Learning to truly forgive those who have wronged you will take a thousand pounds off your shoulders. You will be able to start working on your dream after you have freed your mind.
3. Belief in yourself
Now that you've decided to live a positive life, it's time to look in the mirror and appreciate what you see. Both physically and psychologically. Nobody is without flaws. It's time to accept that you'll never be the person society expects you to be.
Follow your instincts. Don't let anyone else rule your life. That only leads to a life that is boring, predictable, miserable, and mediocre. Instead of just daydreaming about it, do what makes you happy. Accept yourself as you are, flaws and all.
4. Make wise decisions about who you surround yourself with
Many of your relationships will come to an end as a result of this journey. People who are not supportive, who are negative, and who take advantage of you must leave! You may initially feel lonely and insecure.
These feelings will fade if you concentrate on yourself rather than on them. It's time to get on with your life. It's finally time to let go. Those who truly care about you, respect you, and accept you for who you are will stick around.
They will be there for you every step of the way. These connections will become more valuable to you than they have ever been. If you have given your all to a relationship and they do not reciprocate, you should stop chasing them the next time they leave. You'll be glad you did in the long run.
5. Learn to ignore other people's negativity
People will try their hardest to bring you down now that you are embarking on your journey. That is why the preceding steps must be completed before proceeding. You will be able to rise above the haters if you have prepared for them.
It is much easier to criticize others than it is to work on oneself. Knowing this gives you peace of mind about where you are and where they are in life. You are clearly ahead, even if it does not appear so to others. Continue forward while allowing them to speak.
6. Lay out your plans meticulously
Allowing your mind to be free of emotional baggage allows you to focus on your dreams. Now that you've got a clear picture, it's time to act. A game plan is required to be a doer. At the top of a sheet of paper, write your ultimate goal.
Fill in the blanks with the steps you intend to take to get there in an organized, realistic manner. Assume you want to be a nurse. Your first step should most likely be to volunteer at your local hospital to see if you would enjoy it.
Then, perhaps, make a list of the schools to which you want to apply. The third step could be to gather all of the paperwork required to apply to colleges. Do you see what I'm doing here? Your goal is equal to the sum of all the small tasks you complete. Make a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that will bring you closer to your goal.
7. COMPLETE SOMETHING, ANYTHING
Many people will get to step 6 and then give up. Your plan does not manifest itself magically. You must now take action in order to get there. So begin researching, traveling, volunteering, writing, calling, interviewing, working out, or any other activity that will get you moving forward. To get there, you might have to wear a lot of different hats. Begin where you can and do whatever you can; this is where the physical labor begins.
8. Accept setbacks and detours along the way
We've all had epic failures in our lives. It is past time to stop viewing these failures as the be-all and end-all. Failure is an unavoidable component of success. If you ask any highly successful person if they've ever failed, they'll tell you 100 times.
Failure simply means trying again in a different way. Begin to see failure as a positive experience. How can we learn without making mistakes? Attempting results in failure. People who avoid failure at all costs live a mediocre life. These are not the people we are.
We seek genuine happiness and inner peace. In a previous career, I remember dreading going to work. When I think about work now, I feel at ease and content. It's still hard work, but it's work that I enjoy doing.
As you embark on the journey of pursuing your dream, it may change slightly or significantly along the way. Your passion is already hardwired into you. Through this process, you will discover your God-given gift and will be able to keep moving forward regardless of what happens.
9. Network and make the most of your resources
You will eventually realize that you require the assistance of others to reach your goal. Whether it's absorbing knowledge and experience from them or being recognized for your talent. Look for informative websites online, as well as classes or lectures where you can learn and connect with others.
Let go of your pride and shamelessly promote yourself through your work and/or knowledge. Take whatever you can find and whoever will assist you seriously. Opening one door can lead to a slew of others.
Begin with step one. You are confronting your fears and taking a leap of faith if you commit to these 9 steps to stop dreaming and start doing. Congratulations, your life has officially begun. Please keep in mind that this will be difficult and at times unpleasant.
Maintain your focus, but don't forget to take breaks to clear your mind and relax. I hope this has inspired you to step outside of your comfort zone and take a chance on happiness.
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