How to Turn Dreams into Goals: A 10-Step Process for Killer Results 96

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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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.