– Bruce Springsteen
Having a dream is important. Everybody needs an ambition, something to strive for, to give their life a purpose.
Everyone’s dream is different; they are as individual as fingerprints, but the same basic rules apply if you want to achieve them.
The hard fact is that dreams just don’t come true for most people. They require preparation and hard work. Whether your dream is to become a pop star or scale Mount Everest, asking yourself these questions everyday will help you to keep your focus. Answering with a ‘no’ is a sign that you are no longer serious about your dream – perhaps you may need to re-evaluate.
1. How much do I want to achieve this goal?
It is not enough to have an idea of what you want to do, or to feel that it might be quite nice to achieve your goal. Imagine fulfilling your dream, and consider carefully how much you want it. Do you want it enough to put in the requisite work? Will reaching your ambition be worth the effort and sacrifice that you may have to make to get there?
If your answer is no, then it could be time to find a different dream. If you are not willing to work for your goals, then your focus will not be strong enough to meet them yourself – and very few people’s dreams are just handed to them.
2. Can I find time to work on it now?
You may be leading a busy lifestyle: perhaps you have work, study and family commitments. But, as we have discussed, achieving your dream requires effort, and you will need to work towards it. You may need to train for your chosen sport, practice your musical talent, do extra study in your preferred field or write towards your magnum opus.
Whatever it is that you need to do towards fulfilling your dream, you will need to make time for it, whether sacrificing a night out or getting up an hour earlier.
3. Does this goal excite me?
If you are not excited by your dream, then it is over before it has even begun. If you cannot get excited about your goal, it will be very difficult to maintain your focus. Why would you want to put in the required level of effort to reach a goal that is not exciting for you? If your goal does not excite you, you should examine the reasons behind it. You may find that you do not really want what you thought you wanted.
4. Am I able to achieve this goal?
There are two ways to look at this question. Firstly, in a literal sense: is your goal physically possible? If your dream is not something that can be achieved within the boundaries of physics, then it is pure fantasy and no amount of effort will change that.
The second approach is a question of confidence: do you feel that your dream is something you can realistically achieve? You must be confident in your ability to reach your goal or you may find that it is just a pipe dream.
5. How will achieving my dream impact my life?
There are many ways in which achieving your goal can affect your life: you may be looking for fame, fortune or popularity. These are secondary effects and should not be as important as the satisfaction you feel at reaching your target. If achieving your goal will not satisfy you, it is time to find one which will.
It is important to have a goal. Using these daily questions will help you to focus on achieving it. It may require effort and sacrifice, but you will find that ultimately this will make your success all the more satisfying.