I am a firm believer in hard work and the power of perseverance. Some days I may moan about the ridiculous amount of work I have to get done and how stressed out I am, but in general I truly believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
I have a lot of big dreams – and I’ve already accomplished some smaller ones. Paying for university all on my own, embarking on my first solo adventure, just to name a few – I’m also achieving my dreams every day when I post to this blog.
We are all the masters of our own lives, even in very small ways. Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit, showed me how taking control by pursuing a quest can add meaning to your life.
Reading Chris’ new book struck me dumb with its stories of the amazing things people are doing around the world. From walking across Turkey, to biking from Alaska to Argentina, to cooking a meal from every country in the world, I was inspired to pursue my own quest and felt reinvigorated to achieve my big, scary dreams.
If you’re a big dreamer like me, read on to find out how to achieve your dreams:
Do it for you.
If your big, scary dream is to be the President of the United States, that’s amazing. However, if your goal is to be the President to get back at that kid in elementary school who mocked you for saying that, you might struggle a little. The best dreams come from within. Chris Guillebeau didn’t visit 193 countries to impress anyone, he did it because he felt it brought meaning to his life. If he had been doing it for money, maybe after a particularly arduous trip he would have given up – not worth the money. Chris finished his quest because it was personally fulfilling. Figure out what is motivating your dream – make sure it’s something internal.
Map it out.
I’m a big believer in the power of planning. Especially when you have a huge goal ahead of you, it’s so helpful to map out all the little steps that will lead to your goal. Once you have the smaller steps that lead into your quest, you can figure things out time-wise. It’s easy to let years and years slip by, putting your goals off because you’ll do it someday. If you know exactly what the next step is, you can hold yourself accountable.
Any good quest or goal comes with sacrifices. We can’t have it all. If your dream is to travel full-time (I hear ya), you may have to sacrifice spending time with your family or most of your material possessions. On a simpler level, if your goal is to get a 4.0 in university, you’re going to have to miss a few parties and spend a lot of time studying. Make sure you’re willing to give things up – that means your quest is really important to you.
Add inspiration to your life.
Every morning, the first thing I do is open Instagram and see what I missed overnight. I follow a ton of travellers and various people around the world, so my feed is being updated all night. Seeing the amazing things that others are doing motivates me to get out of bed and start my day by working towards my goals. There are so many other ways to add inspiration to your life – let me know if you want a post with my ideas! I absolutely love popping some inspiration into the busy parts of my day.
Having a big, scary goal, or a quest, is one of the best ways to make your life feel more meaningful. I hope you found these tips on how to achieve your dreams helpful – I’d love to hear about your goals!
I received a copy of The Happiness of Pursuit for review purposes, but was in no way compensated for this review.