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Everyone has big-picture dreams that they want to pursue and reach in their lives. But taking that first step seems to be the most difficult one. The one that stops a large majority of people from achieving their goals and dreams. There are many obstacles that you will face — mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, etc. — that make the first step incredibly difficult. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind when reaching for your dream.
Do Believe in the Dream
Believing in your dream and yourself is absolutely essential. All of this won’t work otherwise. So make sure you take a long, hard look. Is this worth it? Can you pour everything into this? If those answers are yes, you’re already over that steep, mental hill. You can do hard things!
Don’t Wait for Your Situation to Get Perfect
Do not wait for everything to get “perfect.” Perfection is objective, to a great degree, which makes achieving impossible. Your perfect is different than someone else’s. Additionally, your situation will never be perfect. There will always be something to rethink, to wait for, to learn. If you believe in it wholeheartedly, you have already reached the “perfect” you have been searching for.
Do Expect it to Get Hard
Achieving your dreams is extremely possible, however, often times is not easy. So don’t expect it to be easy, in fact, brace yourself for the difficult, the daunting, and the demanding. Setting accurate expectations from the start will help your journey feel easier. If your expectations are set a certain way, the obstacles you’re sure to face won’t bog you down.
Don’t Wait for Everyone to Get On Board
Stop waiting for others to agree with you or get on board. There will always be someone (maybe even someone whose opinion you value) that does not agree. It’s normal to be confronted with opposing views. Just don’t let that stop you. If you do, you will be waiting forever.
Do Take One Step At a Time
Taking the plunge to achieve your dreams is quite daunting. Just remember you don’t need to take it all on at once. Take one step at a time. Smaller portions are easier to handle. Among your list of To-Dos, find what your can accomplish in one day or in one week. Focus on that and the overwhelming feeling will fade away.
The bottomline to achieving your dreams is to stop waiting and start now. Believe in yourself and in your vision. Remember that at some point(s) in the journey things will feel impossible, but that you can do hard things. By taking one step at a time, eating your elephant one bite at a time, you can achieve greatness; you can achieve your dreams! That first step is the step that most people will never take. Success is just a journey; you will never reach it without that first step. By taking your first step, all the other steps become possible.