How to Turn Dreams into Goals: A 10-Step Process for Killer Results

turning dreams into goals

Some time ago I realized I don’t have dreams anymore, I have goals.

It was during conversations with people. I noticed I don’t just dream about traveling or wish I could visit a certain destination, but had actually planned leaving the country in the short and long term. And that’s just one example.

Also, it grabbed my attention when others around me were just wishing for stuff, saying it like it’s a matter of luck, or that it may happen someday, or it may not. And they are alright with that.

But it grabbed my attention more than ever. I realized I was even a bit annoyed because of the fact that they are not only passive, but complain about what they don’t have or don’t do in life.

And then it struck me. I’ve made quite a change and have developed a goal-oriented mindset over the years.

The reasons for my transformation are:

• now I realize more than ever that time is my most precious possession and it’s limited, and try to make the most of it;
• I know exactly what I want in life and have defined my ideal lifestyle (it will change, of course, as I keep growing, learning and changing, but for now it’s my vision and direction);
• I got tired of waiting for things to be the way I like them;
• all the stuff I read about successful people and how exactly they achieved what they wanted in life keeps me focused on my goals;
• all this information somehow got organized in my head and changed my attitude towards life and my way of thinking;
• I’m more confident in myself and my abilities;
• I feel weak when I dream too much;
I admit my accomplishments and just keep moving forward;
• I don’t go back to the past anymore;
• I don’t let others talk me out of my goals (most of the times I don’t share them at all) or interfere in any other way;
• I know that with a step-by-step plan and consistent hard work I can reach any lifestyle I desire;
• I’m always grateful for what I already have and live in abundance even without my goals achieved.

And now that I came to the conclusion that I’ve turned my dreams into goals, here’s how you can use that approach towards yours:

A Simple Guide on Turning Dreams into Goals

1. Get clear about it.

Dreams are too vague. That’s why they often sound impossible. And that’s why we get discouraged from the very beginning.
Instead, be specific. Break the big dream down into goals.

2. Examine all possibilities.

The dream you just turned into goals can often be reached in many ways.

Write down each. Explore it. What changes in your current lifestyle do you need to make? Maybe move to another place, leave your partner, start a second job, study more, etc.

3. Break it down into smaller steps.

Now that you have the ‘what’ and ‘how’, turn it into a process where you’ll be able to see progress.

4. One action.

Break them down into even smaller steps now so that in the end you can have one tiny, quick and easy action to take today.

Maybe it will be just to do a research on something, call someone, make an account, get a membership, throw away old belongings, buy something, ask a question, etc.

The first step is also the most important one. And it’s crucial to start as small as you can.
That’s the foundation of every good habit successful people build.

And once you take that simple first step, you’ll build momentum as action breeds more action. And tomorrow you’ll do the same. You will even have a sense of accomplishment after each.

5. Calculate.

Everything can be turned into numbers.

If you’re planning on becoming location independent, for instance, you need to do your research and see how much you’ll spend each month in the place you want to live in (getting there, accommodation, food, etc), and add all the things you’d want to do in your free time too.
This way you’ll get an exact number and will have something to aim at. That’s how you make such a lifestyle possible.

6. Change your environment.

The more you focus on your goal, the closer you get. So everything you’re surrounded by must be related to it too. It affects you, even though we don’t always realize that.

7. Find like-minded people.

The people you communicate with daily can have a huge influence on your way of thinking. So choose wisely who you spend time with.

If you want to become successful, leave those who bring you down and have no goals behind, remove toxic people from your life, and start looking for individuals with the same goals. This way you’ll always be motivated, will generate ideas together and support each other.

I do it online, but it still works. That’s how I’ve found many other bloggers, writers, Internet marketers, people with online businesses, and digital nomads.

8. Have a vision.

Getting familiar with details about the lifestyle you want to lead (the one where you’ll have reached some goals) will make you visualize it more often.

That helps a lot with staying on the right track and being motivated and inspired.

9. Be ruthless with your goals.

I respect my work time, for instance, which is the first 4-8 hours of the day right after I wake up. It’s when I do what I love doing, but also concentrate only on it and let nothing else get in the way. I don’t eat during that period, don’t have small chats or use social media. All that can wait.

I do that daily. I’m most productive at that time and get a lot of work done. And it not only brings me contentment, but also gets me closer and closer to my goals.

10. Be in love with the process.

First, know it’s a process. A lifelong one. And be okay with that.

Second, enjoy every single minute. Because if you just aim at an end goal and think you’ll find happiness there, you’re wrong.

Happiness is already here. In everything you do and have. The act of doing something about your goals itself must bring you joy, and it also makes you successful in the present moment. In the near future, you’ll be even more successful, and still that happy.
That’s how this should be.

What do you think? What’s stopping you from turning dreams into goals?

See also:

Transform your vision into action with these 3 steps
Achieving your dreams through D.U.M.B. goals

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5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

Every day we hear about brilliant minds who have made their first million before the age of 25. There are even businessmen who reach success and experience the advantages of self-employment before they turn 21. This influx of young gifted entrepreneurs makes you think there is no room for startupers over a certain age in any industry. But is it really the case?

Seasoned business analytics and researchers say there is no ideal age to start a business. You can be a successful entrepreneur fresh out of high school, but it’s also not uncommon for people in their 40s to finally find their entrepreneurial path. However, 20s and 30s remain the most popular age for starting a business, and that’s what we’ll focus on today.

Why Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

1. Risk-taking

The importance of taking risks and accepting the outcome of your decision doesn’t need any explanation for entrepreneurs. As a startup founder, you will face risks every day, and this is where a person with more business expertise can encounter their first difficulties.

When someone is over 40, they’ve likely already taken big risks and failed. It means that they’ll be much less inclined to do it again. This is how older businessmen think they avoid complications, but that is also how they miss opportunities.

People in their 20s and 30s normally don’t have that kind of experience. They understandably have qualms about risk-taking. However, in the end, they usually decide to make a risky move, and there is a very good chance the risk will pay off.

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2. Knowledge

Those who launch their business after 40, usually have certain business experiences under their belt. They may have taken part in starting their own business or witnessed the birth of a business of a friend or coworker.

When you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may not have the same real-life knowledge of how businesses begin. Nevertheless, you have something much more important: the knowledge and skills you received at college.

The importance of college education for launching a prospering business is often overlooked. Yet there are essential things you can only learn in college, and that’s exactly the foundation you need for building a viable business.

3. Responsibilities

By the time they are 40, people accumulate a lot of financial responsibilities. Families, mortgages, car payments, and medical expenses not only eat up a large part of your budget but also make you much less flexible.

It’s a popular thought that businessmen in their 20s and 30s have nothing to lose. That may not be completely true, as some people start families when they’re fairly young. However, when you’re under 40, you have more freedom for making choices.

If you’re a forty-something father of three, your business decisions will be dictated by the risks you’re able to take. Young people have fewer things restricting them from making bold decisions and, ultimately, succeeding.

Related: How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.

4. Resilience

How To Turn Fear into Power and Create Personal Breakthrough

If there is one thing experienced entrepreneurs would like every beginner to know, it’s that launching a business will be a journey filled with ups and downs. If you look at business success stories, you’ll see that each of them comes with their share of failures.

Impressionable young businessmen don’t react great to failures. Their initial reaction can differ, but it always includes disappointment, resentment, and even a desire to quit. If they’re lucky, their support system won’t let them quit. If they’re not, then the days of their startup are numbered.

It’s a different story with people in their late 20s and 30s. They arrive at the starting point of their business with an understanding that failures are bound to happen. It doesn’t mean that they’re completely immune to failures, but they are guaranteed to have a more mature reaction.

5. Technology

Technology is a vital part of launching a startup these days. There are thousands of businesses that only exist online. Even if your business is completely offline, technology can still be a valuable aid in the business development.

People over 40 may understand the importance of using technology in their business. They may even move their business online or take successful steps to foray into the digital world.

However, they will never have the understanding of technology of a 28-year-old.

Today’s 30-year-olds are not only fully familiar with technology – many of them are actually digital natives. These people have spent most of their lives with the digital world being an essential aspect of living. That is why technology-skilled young entrepreneurs are the future of business.

Conclusion

According to those who have a multi-faceted experience in business, starting a business at any age has its challenges. Entrepreneurs that are 20, 30, 40, or 50 years old have their strong suits and weaknesses. However, there are many reasons why the age between 20 and 40 is the golden age for launching a business. Take risks, learn as you go, use your forte, don’t let anything distract you, and soon your name can be part of the world business hall of fame!

About The Author

Christine Acosta is a content manager at App Reviews. She specializes in digital marketing and content creation. Christine is also passionate about startups and business development. She uses her degree from the Florida Institute of Technology to offer sound advice to those who launch their own business.

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