Do you often sit around, daydreaming about your future: what do you want to be and what do you want to achieve. You daydream consistently of a future with enough money, the perfect family vacations and a beautiful house or maybe even multiple sports cars. Your mind can become obsessed and absorbed in these daydreams. Sometimes the daydream is so big, that you insistently become overwhelmed with it. You begin to think that it can never be achieved because of the amount of work that it takes to get there. The overwhelming feeling sets you back even further from achieving it. You end up procrastinating, mulling over it, becoming depressed, thinking it’s beyond your reach and scope. You even start to convince yourself that you don’t deserve it. You accept mediocrity. The immense fear of failure grips you!
This is overthinking at its best. You end up sabotaging your own future simply because you don’t believe in yourself enough. Perhaps sometimes you may even be too lazy to take on the massive tasks in achieving your dreams. You discuss your goals with family and friends, who may even talk you out of it. Not because you can’t do it or they don’t believe in your capabilities, but simply because they do not believe in themselves.
How do we get around these road blocks?
As Tony Robbins often says, The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
Step 1: Map out the bigger picture. What is it that we truly want to achieve on our lives. Do we want to be the CEO, have our own business, study a new language, or even perhaps completely change your career. Write it down and get it out of your mind and onto a piece of paper. This starts to make the ideas more realistic. No idea is too big or small. This may even eliminate some ideas as they don’t seem to fit into the picture.
Step 2: Do your research. There are probably people that have already done what you want to do. Study them and what they have done to get there. Make a list of actions and skills that they have. How did they achieve massive success.
Step 3: Make use of the SMART system to break down each goal. SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timeline. This puts each goal into perspective of what is truly needed to achieve it. Rank yourself in terms of what knowledge and skills you already have, and what do you still need to gain to be successful.
Step 4: Adopt tunnel vision and focus on achieving daily tasks. Make a list of tasks to achieve each night before going to bed. You will hit the ground running the next day without having to stop and think about what to do next. You will be able to sleep easier as well. Build on your tasks for each day from the day before, improving it and even researching how to better perform each task.
Its time to accountability for your dreams and for your life. You have one chance to make it happen. Why live a mediocre life, when you know you have ultimate greatness in your mind and in your heart. There are people that are less qualified than you, doing the things you want to do, simply because they chose to believe in themselves.