We’ve all heard the familiar inspirational phrases when it comes to living your dreams… From “Follow your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life”, to “Do what others won’t to live like others can’t”, just to name a couple. While these both may be true in theory, it should go without saying that truly living the dream involves much more than just being passionate and doing what others won’t. It needs substance, structure, and direction.
“Getting Started”, is the first part in a series of weekly posts throughout the month. Each week this month, there will be a focus on 5 different aspects of the process of living out your dreams, and will provide anecdotal information, as well as useful resources, and tools to help you along the way.
The gallery below provides a good introduction of essential steps needed to get things moving in the right direction. Feel free to comment here, or on our Facebook FanPage throughout your journey.
Now… Let’s get started!
1. Decide That The Dream Alone Comes in Second to The Memories from Living The Dream Lifestyle
Make a decision. Keep saying “tomorrow” or making excuses, or actually give it a go. It will be difficult, and things will almost certainly go wrong. The question is, whether or not you will decide to go on a real-world epic journey to create the life you’ve always dreamed of. Once you’re ready to move forward, write down your goals and keep them in a place you will see often. It’s time to make things happen, and visually seeing what you are working toward will serve as a constant reminder.
Photo: Si B
2. Do a Dream Lifestyle Audit
We all have goals and envision ourselves at the top. To get there, all aspects of your life need to begin to function as a unit. While nobody is perfect, we all could do a little more to become a little better than we were yesterday, so doing an audit of the 5 areas of your life that matters most is of vital importance. This will allow you to see where you are currently, help you set your short and long term goals, and allow you to be able to measure your progress. Some things will take awhile to see results, while others will be easier to determine its impact right away. We’ve created The Dream Lifestyle Audit for you in the form of an online questionnaire, that will allow you to quickly, and easily fill out the information, and have your responses emailed to you directly. Like the rest of this series, the Audit is broken up into 5 parts, with a new part becoming available each week. At the end of the month, we will compile all of the responses for a comprehensive look at the most popular responses, and specifically discuss things to target them. The first audit will be available at the beginning of the first full week of June.
Photo: Mike Troy
3. Believe in Yourself and Understand WHY Your Dream is Important
Half the battle of getting to your goals is believing that you can actually do it. The obstacles in between only make things a more “interesting” journey, as long as you are realistic in your strengths and weaknesses, and are confident enough in your virtues to make the most out of your current (and future) situation. If you don’t feel that this describes you, it is important to know that we are all inherently given the tools we need to be successful. It’s often just a matter of finding those tools and using ALL of them. In tandem with believing in yourself, you must understand the driving force behind your visions of greatness. Long after the initial push to live your dreams is in your rearview, adversity will undoubtedlytest your will. If you’re motivated by superficial goals such as purely wanting fame, and camera time, dedication to the work required to sustain lasting success will eventually fade. What drives you to greatness will oftentimes be the only fuel you’ve got left, to it better be good.
We’ll go further in depth at the beginning of the week on these three starting points, and as things take shape, we’ll dive head-first into the first area of focus: Health & Wellness.
Feature Image: George Groutas