On a chilly morning in March'17, I was talking to a colleague and a friend of mine at my work place about what her dream is. She told me she wanted to have her own bakery and bake things. Upon more discovery she mentioned she loves baking and she constantly works on improving her skills by watching videos on Youtube, reading books and watching reality shows. Everything was going totally fine untill she mentioned that she does not know if she'll be trying to achieve her dream ever bringing different constraints in the process. The biggest fear was starting to hate baking when doing it. It sparked my idea with the thought that so many people in this world stop trying to pursue their own dreams without even trying and I did not really feel good about that.
I thought it would be great to jot down few points for those who really want to achieve their dreams; if at all it helps anyone. So here I am writing my piece on "HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAM". There can be other small things that can be added to this list but I would consider it a sub-part of these major ones. The approach that you can towards achieving your goal is DBA which stands for Dream, Believe and Achieve.
A Dream can be anything in anyone's life depending on the choice, background, circumstances and family they have in their life. It can be starting a business, finding a job, becoming an athlete, even travelling around the world or it can be anything that someone has only dreamt of but wants to fulfil.
1. DREAM IT (DREAM)
It is really important to understand and figure out what your dream is, what you want to do in life that gives you the satisfaction, what lets you sleep peacefully at night. One can have multiple dreams in life and that does not by any means is wrong. In such cases, prioritize your dreams and find out the one that you need to fulfil first. If you want something as bad as you need to live, then consider that as your DREAM. Dream about your dream that there will be a day that you will live it.
2. REALLY WANT IT (BELIEVE)
To achieve your dream, you need to make sure if you actually want it. You need to believe in your dream. You need to make sure that the hard work that you are about to put in it, is worth it. You also need to understand that all odds will come your way while trying to achieve it but you will have to be strong to achieve it. There may be failures too but you need to understand and digest that failures are part of the road to success.
3. BUT WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO (ACHIEVE)
So by now you know what you have dreamt of and what you want to do in life. But you do not know what you will have to invest, what you will have to let go or what sacrifices you will have to make, how long will it take to fulfil your dream?
BUSINESS PLAN: For every project, we need a business plan and your dream is no different. It is a project with an end goal much higher in priority than any other project in this universe and the end goal is your happiness. So before you even think of going live with your hard work, make sure you create a strong business plan. A business plan is a detailed plan of all the steps and strategies that one needs to take to reach the end goal. Below mentioned are few important steps that if executed properly may lead you to your dream.
a. RESEARCH: Before you even invest time and money in your steps to work towards your Dream, there is a lot of research that you need to do. The research will revolve around the aspects of
c. RISK MANAGEMENT: Again it all depends what stage of life you are in. If you are sure that the dream will become a reality and you are ready to go after it, you can then quit your current employment and go full throttle for your dream. But if you are not sure if it will take off quite well, then you need to analyse if it is even worth to quit your current employment for something that you are not sure of flying high. Once it starts and you see a positive growth in it then you can either go part time in your current employment and later quit it or still keep your employment full time and manage both together depending on the nature of your dream.
If the dream is not linked to any monetary growth in your life then just manage your time without worrying about the change in your professional life.
d. PLANNING: After doing an in-depth research of all these factors, it is really important that you PLAN; PLAN properly. Planning is the key to proper execution of the steps in the project to make sure everything is on right track. Planning is so important that if something goes wrong, the entire palace of your dreams can fall apart and turn into ashes. Putting all these pieces together in the best possible sequence and way will ensure you are not missing anything and not putting yourself at risk.
Most of the dreams and projects that need courage, fail in real life but they do not fail because we don’t try, they fail because we stop trying. Keep try doing what you want to do until unless you find a way of achieving it. It is quite possible that you might realise this is not what you want to do or you probably will figure out another dream that you can link yourself to. Most of the successful people have to go through this struggle and eventually they have achieved what they wanted to do. Go and check about Abraham Lincoln, Shahrukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Charlie Chaplin, Steven Spielberg, J.K Rowling, Michael Jordan, Eminem, Sylvester Stallone, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Steve Jobs and you will see how such great people have overcome multiple failures.
Just keep learning from your mistakes and you will never fail.
e. EXECUTE: After planning is done, you need to make sure that everything is executed properly. You have to be careful to be thorough in the processes that you are following so that you do not miss anything. More time spent in the initial stages will help spending less time in the later stages of the project. Also, you will have to be disciplined with time when it comes to deadlines. Be organised with the meetings with your team and advisors and keep them updated about your plans so that they can guide you properly. The key to all this is the attitude of not giving up even with the odds in your way.
LIVE YOUR DREAM: If you are on track with your hard work and all the steps discussed above, no one can stop you from reaching your goals and achieving your dream. Once you have reached the point where you wanted to be, start living your dream. Give yourself credit for your achievement, celebrate and enjoy. But once you have celebrated, be an example for others. Help others in their projects to achieve their dreams and give to the community that you owe now.
THIS IS YOUR LIFE AND YOU HAVE YOUR DREAMS. DO NOT LET OTHERS MAKE YOU WORK FOR THEIR DREAMS. GIVE YOURSELF PRIORITY AND ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT. DO NOT FEAR ANYTHING or ANYONE, NOT EVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES BECAUSE EVERYTHING CHANGES.
KEEP DOING WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE AND ONE DAY YOU WILL GET IT.
If you need help with any of your projects or dreams, write to me.
Disclaimer: All the factors mentioned here are the author's own words through his personal life experience. The author does not have any personal interest in anyone's personal life goals and is here to just help people reach their dreams. Author does not charge for any service and if at all there is any fee, it will be kept transparent and in writing.
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