Simple Inspiration on Making Your Dreams Come True
January 8, 2019
By: Cathie Ericson
Have you ever heard the expression, “Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” Sometimes the words you use really matter. For example, most of us are used to setting New Year’s goals –– but have you ever thought of them as “dreams?”
“Make Your Dreams Come True Day” is a whimsical “holiday” that takes place on Jan 13, 2019. It's intended to inspire people to accomplish something they’ve been thinking about—whether big or small, personal or career goals.
While there are myriad ways to make your dream come true, a key strategy for how to set goals of any type starts with organization. Whether you’re a procrastinator who’s putting off taking the first step toward success, an overachiever who bites off more than you can chew, or a butterfly who has trouble focusing on which priority actions to accomplish first, here are three ways that any personality can create a concrete plan for how to make your dream come true—no matter how big your dream!
1. Create a vision board
One of the habits of successful people is to make New Year’s goals visible. Designing a “vision board” by cutting pictures from magazines or printing them off websites or Pinterest can be a fun way to focus on your idea of success and how to make your dreams come true.
Whether your goal setting relates to a personal habit—like committing to exercise, meditation and other wellness initiatives—or career goals—such as getting a new job—you’ll be more likely to make progress every day when you wake up to visual inspo. Use a poster board, corkboard, whiteboard or even your wall and find images that speak to you as you work to achieve your dreams.
2. Embrace your calendar and to-do list
If you’ve been looking at your calendar or planner as something that holds you back from your dreams, you can reframe it to be the tool that improves goal setting. That’s because planning your time more effectively is one of the strategies for success that will ensure you not only accomplish the tasks you must to keep your work and personal life running, but it allows you to schedule in the activities that will move you closer to achieve your dreams.
So, if a New Year’s resolution is to learn a new language for your dream vacation, try to commit to a small, doable action, such as practicing for 30 minutes each day—and try to schedule it in like you would any other appointment. If maintaining a professional blog would move you closer to your career goals, consider finding a pocket of time that you can work on it each week and mark it down.
3. Keep a journal
If a vision board is a pictorial representation of your big dreams and the calendar/planner is a more disciplined way to track goal setting, consider this third piece, the journal, the one that ties them both together.
Journals are a good way to keep record of your progress in a less linear way than a planner but a more detailed way than a vision board. You can record progress toward goals, short-term and long-term plans and even words of encouragement and small achievements reached to keep you on track.
The best thing about a journal is that you can use any format you want—drawing pictures, creating checklists, tracking charts. For extra inspiration, you can choose one that makes you happy just looking at it. We love this one that reminds you the role of work in how to make your dreams come true, or this one that encourages you to “Be Your Best Self.” Because after all…shouldn’t that be the goal of “Make Your Dreams Come True Day”...and every day, for that matter?
About the Author
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer covering business and consumer topics. She creates branded content for Fortune 500 companies, and her work has appeared in LearnVest, Costco Magazine, Forbes, TheGlassHammer.com and IDEA Fitness. Follow her @cathieericson.
All content provided herein is for educational purposes only. It is provided “as is” and neither the author nor Office Depot, Inc. warrant the accuracy of the information provided, nor do they assume any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein.
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