How to Conquer Dreams & Goals to Start Living the Dream Life

How to Conquer Dreams & Goals to Start Living the Dream Life

How to Conquer Dreams & Goals to Start Living the Dream Life
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How to Conquer Dreams & Goals to Start Living the Dream Life

Sometimes we have a strong desire to do something, like write a novel, but when we sit down to work on it, we feel out of our element. We don't feel comfortable about doing it or we find ourselves fumbling through. We think we should know how to do the thing we're passionate about and as a result we feel frustrated or inadequate.

Right out of the gate, when we first start working toward a dream, we might not know how to do it yet. And that's OK. It makes sense that we wouldn't know how to do it because it's something we've never done before. Writing a novel is a lot different than writing a magazine article or a letter to a friend. It's going to take some time to get used to the process and to learn the ropes.

Writing a novel is also a big project and can seem like a daunting task once you sit down to write.

A lot of people put their dreams on hold because whenever they give it a go, they struggle. It feels uncomfortable. It takes them out of their comfort zone. And it's not something they really know how to do.

If we don't feel confident about that thing that makes us come alive, then we must learn. If we want to create new habits and routines and work toward achieving our goals, we have to suffer through the discomfort. We have to learn what we can about our goal and then put that new knowledge into practice.

It's going to take some getting used to. But once we've been doing it for a while, it's going to get easier. They say old habits die hard. Well, the only way to turn a new habit into an old one is to keep at it. Keep pressing through the challenges. Keep pressing through the discomfort. Make the process a part of your life and routine so you can start working toward your big dreams and goals.

Another thing that holds people back is their perception of the time their goal will take. They think they need to spend hours each day working toward their big goals and so they put them on hold. They've decided they don't have time. Their lives are too busy.

But that's a huge lie. And it's a lame excuse.

We do have time. And it's not going to require hours of our time every day. If the only reason we're not pursuing our dreams and goals is that we can't spend hours working toward them each day, we're not going to ever achieve our goals. But if we allow ourselves just 10 to 15 minutes each day to work toward them, eventually, we're going to get to the finish line. Eventually is a whole lot better than never. Small amounts of progress will help us reach our goals.

If you've been putting your dreams on hold, I urge you to start devoting 10 to 15 focused minutes to your dreams. Do it today. Create a new habit and routine and you'll start to see progress.

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