It’s time for some brutal truth. Real talk. Most of you crawled out of bed on the first day of 2018 the same way you fell out of bed on the first day of 2017. Tired, overweight and demotivated.
What’s more, you’re probably going to feel like that on the first day of 2019 unless someone stages a full-on intervention. You will always think, act and behave as you have done before unless you make decisive change.
You’ll have heard people talk about setting goals and visualising your success. Hey, I’ve written articles on goals myself. You’ve probably tried it, but haven’t achieved the results you desire. It’s time to talk about taking things to the next level. If you’re going to make your dreams come true, well, you actually have to dream.
Dream with me
I’ve always been a dreamer. I love to dream. I can dream so vividly that I can often experience the sensations, experiences and feedback of being in that certain place, or with a particular person without being there. I can manipulate my dreams, choosing how much colour to add, how deep to go and how long to stay there.
For me, dreams aren’t something that ‘just happen’ when you fall asleep and you have no control over. My dreams are influenced by what I’ve seen, read and heard over the course of my 31 years. I believe you can feed your dreams. I feed them with positive visions.
I then allow my dreams, in their state of ‘realness’, to act as a motivator in my waking life. I put a lot of my character traits, such as being willing to put myself out there and try new things, down to my dreaming. I also believe positive dreaming allows me to be more aware of opportunities to achieve what I want, to make my dreams come true.
You may think this is a bit odd, and I’ve got no idea about the science behind it, but it’s my reality. I did say I like to put myself out there!
How to feed your dreams
To dream in a positive way, you need to feed your mind with positive thoughts. I do that through visualisation. I visualise the future, looking to a better time and a better version of me. I work on my visions in the shower, on the tube, at my desk, anytime I can really.
The key is that my visions are clear and pinpointed. They’re not vague. Before I start to visualise I make sure I know exactly what I want, exactly what the ideal future and the better me looks like. I draw up SMART goals, and I regularly assess and revise them as things change, or as I achieve them.
The path to greatness
It’s positive thinking. It’s the Law of Attraction. It’s a method that has been helping people get what they desire for centuries and still applies today.
Think about it. If Anthony Joshua couldn’t see himself becoming World Heavyweight Champion, would he have put in all those days, weeks and years of training? If James Cracknell couldn’t see himself completing his Atlantic crossing, would he have even started?
Help with your SMART goals
Your SMART goals lead to your vision, which leads to your success.
I find looking at my goals 2-3 times a week gives my brain the chance to work out how to start achieving them. For this process, I recommend writing down your goals in note form, by hand is good, but I actually do it on iPhone notes. Then you can transfer it to a low-cost software program and track your progress. I use Lifetick and heartily recommend it.
Barriers to success
I’m not naïve enough to say that this is a surefire way to success, a perfect solution. There will always be obstacles, setbacks, disappointments. We all experience them, including me.
I’ve definitely had my fair share of failures. Many times, I’ve pushed myself too hard and burned out. Many times, I’ve not worked hard enough. We’re all human beings with our own many flaws.
These days I enjoy the journey, enjoy setting goals, visualising them and dreaming about achieving them. I accept challenges as barriers that need to be negotiated, and I love leaving them behind.
Can you do it?
How about you? Can you actually make your dreams come true in 2018?
Are you willing to have a dream, to forge your own path, to ignore the naysayers? Are you ready to deviate from the path set out for you by your parents, your teachers, your bosses, colleagues and friends?
I thought so. Good luck.
Tell me. What’s your dream that you would love to see come true? Let me know in the comments down below.