So many of us have such big dreams and visions of what our ideal lives would look like, and yet we allow ourselves to live in a state of constant procrastination; being perpetually weighed down by the concerns of everyday life, to the extent that we keep putting off our dreams indefinitely.
But your dreams are important — and they’re never going to be handed to you on a silver platter. If you have a vision in mind of a way that you’d like your career and life to be, it’s really important for you to begin taking steps to make it happen.
Here are a few tips on how to stop procrastinating and start living your dreams.
Make time to work on your passion projects — the mornings are usually ideal
If you’ve got a full-time job, and a family, and you also want to start working on a side business, write your great novel, or work on retraining yourself for a new career, you’re going to have trouble finding the time.
That’s not a nice thing to hear, but it’s the way it is.
If you want to study beauty courses to become a beautician, you need to be able to set aside some hours each week, or even each day, to study.
Since time is such a vital commodity, you need to commit to finding that time wherever you can. If it doesn’t seem to exist in your schedule, then you need to drop something else, or become more organised, and fit it in.
Waking up earlier and doing some work in the mornings is, generally, the best way to go about it. For one thing, in the early morning, everyone else who might make demands on your time — from bosses to family members — is likely to still be asleep.
For another thing, it’s a great feeling getting some truly meaningful work done, first thing in the morning.
Accept the insecurities, feel the fear and do it anyway
There’s a well-known decision-making book by the title of “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”, and you’ve probably heard some or other version of this phrase before in your life.
One of the important tricks and realities to come to terms with about pursuing your dreams, is that you’re almost certainly never going to feel “ready”, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re going to feel scared.
You can’t wait for those feelings or that stress to pass, because they never will. Instead, the only thing you can do is to accept the insecurities, feel the fear, and do it anyway. Take action and get started now.
Realise that your time is limited, and remind yourself that your excuses are likely just excuses
No one likes to dwell on the fact that life doesn’t last forever, but it is important to keep this reality in mind. Because it helps to put things in perspective.
You may feel that there’s just no way you can start pursuing your passions and your dreams, because you’ve got too many obligations at your day job.
But that kind of mindset can all too often lead to months, then years, then decades, then your whole life, spent just dealing with the day-to-day concerns of the job you don’t necessarily even enjoy, while you put off the things you’d really love to do, for so long that the opportunity is lost forever.
That’s a very tragic situation to fall into. Don’t let it happen to you.