How to Stop Dreaming About ‘One Day’ and Get to Action Now 451

We all have dreams and desires. Things we want to achieve or experience in life. Yet how many of us actually put serious thought into these things?
How to Stop Dreaming About 'One Day' and Get to Action Now

This article was written by Brian Simms, who’s passionate about helping people become everything they can be.

How often have you heard people say “One day I want to do such and such.”, “One day I am going to start so and so”.?

People talk about the things they would like to do. They tell their friends over cups of coffee about their dreams and the things they hope to achieve “one day.” Then, as though it was merely small talk (and honestly that’s all it was), the dreams and desires are packed away back into the mental compartment you extracted them from. Only to be brought out and dusted off every now and then as you ruminate about your life and what you hope to achieve “one day”.

Life carries on and you mark off time as you live it.

The dreams you contemplate still surface. But you push the thoughts aside as they prick you with guilt as you realize that the “one days” are quickly piling up behind you.

A week has passed.

A month.

A year.

Now it’s a few years behind you and the things you hoped to achieve seem impossible as time is getting shorter. You’re older and you tell yourself that “one day” you hope to bring your dreams and desires to pass.

Seriously, you are kidding yourself. You have had so many “one days” pass behind you and feelings of remorse creep in. The chatter over coffees with your friends at the local cafe continues as you tell each other what you would like to do. The gleam in your eye flickers out once you go back home and back into the routine of your life.

Here is some advice:

Make the “one day” today. Stop talking and start doing.

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Time doesn’t wait for you. It passes by impartially. You need to take time by its collar and let it know that it’s serving you now instead of you being the slave to time.

What are your dreams and goals? What do you want out of life?

Here are some steps to get you going:

  1. Write it down. When you write down what you want it feels more concrete and less of an abstract idea. Also, it helps you to become committed to achieving your dream.
  2. Research what you need to do. What is needed to bring your dream to pass? Make a list of the skills and resources required. The internet is an inexhaustible supply of information. Go online and start finding out how to start.
  3. Gather supporters. You don’t need detractors who are going to cause you to doubt. Find people who will encourage you and guide you. Remove the negative voices.
  4. Make small steps. As we all know, a baby makes tiny steps before it can run. Take little steps forward toward your dream. Break your goals down into small manageable pieces.
  5. Don’t be afraid of mistakes. As we step out and do things we’ve never tried before, it’s inevitable that we are going to make mistakes along the way. Don’t fear mistakes. Embrace them and learn from them.
  6. Check your progress. It’s important to stop every so often and see how well we are doing in bringing our dream to pass. Are we on track? What needs to change?
  7. Celebrate. Reward yourself for what you have achieved. Doing so is motivating and keeps you focused and excited about what you are doing.

If you feel like you don’t have the confidence to start chasing your dreams, then question what it is that is causing the lack of confidence.

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Excuses keep you trapped in mediocrity.

The journey isn’t going to be easy. It takes time and focused commitment to bring dreams to pass.

Time ticks on and you think to yourself “Ah. One day…” Stop marking off time.

Ask yourself “How bad do I want to have this dream become a reality?” Listen to yourself provide an honest answer. If the fire isn’t stirring in your belly when you think about the dream, then either forget about it or find a way to stoke up the fire.

What would your life be like if the dream was no longer a dream? How would you feel if you reflect back on your life and realized the missed opportunities and chances you had to make your dream a reality?

That’s the good old “Rocking Chair Test”!

Don’t simply relegate your dreams to small talk amongst your friends and work colleagues. Stop wistfully saying “One day…” and then pushing your hopes and dreams into the back of your mind.

Today is your “One day”. Start now. Get serious and stop the mediocrity.

Then next time you have a get together with your friends and they play the same record of “One day…”, you can tell them that your day has come. Tell them what you have been doing and then watch the reaction.

Let your friends catch your motivation. If they don’t, then don’t let them stop you.

No longer say “One day….” Say “Now, let’s start!”

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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.