The phrase “achieve your dreams” may sound corny, but the reality is: you can turn your dream life into a reality. Ben and I did when we moved cross-country at the age of 23 and traveled the world at the age of 30. We aren’t special. We just decided what we wanted, made a plan, and did it.
The key is being intentional about moving toward what you want every single day—even if you’re not sure what the next step is or how it will all work out. Like Arthur Ashe, 3-time Grand Slam winner said:
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”
The following strategies are all about harnessing the power of what Ashe said so long ago. You always have the skills you need to start, the resources you need to be successful, and the power you need to push forward. If you’re not sure how to achieve your dreams, use these strategies to get started today.
1. Get Clear On What You Want
If you don’t know how to achieve your dreams just yet—start with the what. Are you clear on what you want? When you know what you want with total clarity, you can start moving toward that. Think about it like a map: if you don’t have a destination, how can you chart a route?
If you don’t have that clarity, grab a pen and a journal (like one of our motivational journals), and answer the following questions:
- What does my perfect day look like if there were no rules or boundaries?
- What would make me want to jump out of bed every morning?
- What is that thing that pops up every once in a while, but I always ignore?
So often, we know what we want, but we’re not willing to see it because we’re scared, don’t believe we can have it or are letting the opinions of others dictate our life. Use these questions to dig deeper into what you want so you can push past those obstacles and start moving toward it, one step at a time.
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2. Ask for Support
One of the best ways to move past the opinions of others and believe that you can achieve what you want, is to surround yourself with people who are also chasing their dreams too. When I started my business, I sought communities of other female entrepreneurs and the ones I found gave me courage, energy, support, and motivation when I might have otherwise wanted to quit or question myself.
I love the six reasons TinyBuddha shares for seeking this community:
- Collective wisdom: You don’t have all the answers; connect with people who can help you find them.
- Pushing your limits: It’s easier to go further when you have community by your side.
- Support and belief: If no one else in your world believes in your dreams, find people who do.
- New ideas: Expand what you think is possible.
Borrowed motivation: Your community can inspire you to keep going on days when it’s hardest.
- Accountability: You’re less likely to call it quits if you have others holding you accountable.
Look for communities online and in-person, where possible. From Facebook groups to meet-ups, there are people waiting to support you—you just have to find them.
3. Take Action
This is often the step that holds most people back. You know what you want, but what are you doing to make it happen? It’s easy for life to get in the way; a full-time job when you’re trying to start a business or a low bank account when you’re trying to buy your first home.
The only thing that will help you get where you want to go is clear and intentional action and that starts with setting goals for yourself. Don’t just set general goals, like “make more money” or “start a business”—get more specific.
One way to do this is to break your big dream down into three smaller goals and then break each of those down into three even smaller goals.
With 12 smaller goals and three medium-sized goals, you have a clear path to get where you want. The best part is: you can start small. If you want to travel the world, the first step isn’t buying a plane ticket. It’s figuring out money, deciding where you want to go, and researching visas and regulations.
4. Become Friends With Fear
When you’re living with intention and creating a life you’re willing to take risks for, fear will come up again and again and again. The trick is making friends with fear. Seeing it not as an adversary but as a sign that you’re on the right path.
5. Focus on Abundance Mindset
Understanding how to make your dreams come true doesn’t just end with the practical steps—there’s a mindset component that you can’t overlook. While fear is one part of that, abundance is another.
Abundance mindset is the opposite of scarcity mindset:
- Having an abundance mindset is seeing the abundance all around you, every single day, like the green grass growing in your front yard or the closest full of clothes in your bedroom.
- Having a scarcity mindset is seeing only what you don’t have and then acting from a place of not having. For example, you accept low-paying clients because you’re afraid no other clients will come along so you just accept what you can get.
The beauty of shifting into an abundance mindset is the Law of Attraction. The energy you put into the world is the energy you attract. If you radiate abundance, you’ll attract abundance. As you can imagine, this abundance mindset is critical when trying to achieve your dreams.
The good news is, you can sharpen and hone your abundance mindset in many ways. One of the most powerful tools for doing so is meditation. Check out my favorite abundance meditations from Insight Timer to find the ones that resonate with you.
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How to Achieve Your Dreams: Start Today
Your dreams may seem far away and impossible to achieve right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start moving toward what you want today. When you’re clear on what you want, get intentional about taking action, set achievable goals and hone your mindset, you may be surprised with what happens. If you don’t know how to achieve your dreams use these strategies to get started.
Jessica Thiefels is a published author, host of Mindset Reset Radio, CEO of Jessica Thiefels Consulting, and co-founder of Don’t Ask How. She's been writing for more than 10 years and has been featured in top publications including Forbes and Entrepreneur. Jessica is on a mission to empower women to make their own rules and live with intention so they wake up every day excited about the life they get to live. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.