The One Thing You Need to Do to Achieve All Your Aspirations
Do you ever catch yourself daydreaming about your ideal life? You can’t help but fantasize about how amazing you would feel having the perfect career, partner, home, health, and lifestyle. Envisioning yourself becoming who you know you’re meant to be, living up to your full potential, and making all of your wildest dreams come true is exciting.
Before you know it, your dreams are clouded by doubts, fears, and imposter syndrome. You start to believe your goals are out of reach, you’ll never get out of your current slump, or you’re just not cut out to do all of the incredible things you want to do. Thoughts like, “I should just be happy with my current life” keep you playing small. Rather than making the changes necessary to become the high-achiever you wish to be, you convince yourself that you’re content with where you’re at. While it’s definitely important to be grateful for what you have now, there is always room to dream bigger and make changes that will allow you to live a more fulfilling life. You know you want to live your life with no regrets, and you’re ready to become the best version of yourself. But how can you make this your reality?
Take the First Step
The world’s top athletes didn’t get to where they are today by watching sports and feeling jealous of people who were better than them; they started practicing. Renowned chefs didn’t sit around watching Food Network, feeling disappointed in their lack of skills; they got in the kitchen and experimented. The world’s top earning CEOs didn’t open their doors or publish their website one day and wake up to a million dollars the next; they took consistent, messy action until they reached the levels of success they used to dream about.
Your inevitable success is no different. You can’t get the killer legs you want without first putting on your running shoes. You can’t become a New York Times Bestselling author without writing the first sentence. You can’t achieve your goals without taking the first step in the right direction.
After you take the first step toward your dreams, you’ll likely feel excited and empowered. That is, until something happens that derails your progress and sends you back to the starting line. How many times have you told yourself you were going to get in shape? Maybe you went to the gym for a week and felt great, but then you got sick and never got in the swing of things again. Maybe you were eating mostly nourishing whole foods, but then you had a busy work week and fast food seemed like your only option. Instead of taking that next week as an opportunity to prep your meals again, drive through runs became a daily or weekly habit. Sound familiar?
Keep Going, Even When You Hit a Bump in the Road
The one thing that separates those who reach their goals from those who don’t is resilience. How soon you bounce back from a setback will determine whether or not your dreams become a reality, or remain a distant wish. You’ve likely heard the saying, “success is not linear.” Learn from challenges with grace and keep pushing forward no matter what. Take your aspirations seriously and go after them with everything you’ve got.
In order to succeed at anything you set your mind to, you need to accept that you will fail. You’ll mess up, embarrass yourself, face judgment, and lose motivation. You might even lose money, get hurt, or change your path altogether. There will always be your current, comfortable life beckoning you to take it easy rather than face the challenges necessary for growth. You’ll be tempted to stick to the status quo so that you don’t have to endure the difficulties that come with putting yourself out there. But that’s not how you reach the levels of success you were born for.
Keep Going, Even When Fear Strikes
The thought of failing may fill you with fear. However, the fear you feel today is incomparable to the satisfaction you will feel when you’re living your dreams. As you uplevel your life, you will find yourself letting go of things that no longer serve you and support your growth. Outgrowing friendships and relationships that held you back may fill you with fear. Leaving a decent paying job that drained you may fill you with fear. Investing your hard earned money into a new business venture may fill you with fear.
The only way to overcome fear is to move through it. When you can’t stop thinking about achieving something, understand that those dreams wouldn’t be placed on your heart if they weren’t meant for you. Not everyone shares your passions, aspirations, or wishes to live the exact lifestyle you want to live. The least you can do is give yourself a chance to follow the callings of your soul. Get clear on what you want and act on your ideas and inclinations with unwavering determination.
As you grow, you will constantly face new fears. The more you prove to yourself that you can overcome and learn from those challenges, the closer you will be to your goals and the stronger you will become. If you want to become the best version of yourself, you have to embody those qualities today. What would the version of you, who has everything you desire, do? How would you spend your time? Who would you surround yourself with? What would you invest in? Where would you live and vacation? Regardless of how far off your goals seem, know that the only way to move toward them is to take the first step.