If you’re like most Australians, you already know about the Great Australian Dream, that is, to own your dream home. However, you may have also heard people saying this dream is nothing but that: a dream. It’s impossible, they say, give it up. Set your sights lower.
Don’t listen to these people.
Whether your goal is to run your own business, open a dog shelter, or retire early and travel the world, you can certainly achieve it. And to guide you in making your dream come true, here are three critical ingredients to help ensure you fulfil your goals in life:
1. Make your goals clear and achievable
Make sure that your goal is clear, realistic and achievable. Let’s say you want to have your own business, what would that look like? What kind of business are you going to start up, and when? If your dream is to buy your first home, what form does that home take? How many bedrooms and baths? Which neighbourhood would you choose, and how much is your budget? How will you finance your purchase, and how many years before you set out to buy a house?
2. Prepare your strategy to achieve your goals
You need to have a plan of action that you are committed to follow in order to achieve your goals or objectives. You should also be ready to wait as you work hard at making your dream come true. Also, you need to be dedicated, flexible and prepared to revise your plan or strategy along the way, on an as-needed basis. Making your dream a reality may take years of hard work, focus and diligence, so be prepared to invest time, energy, and effort. Avoid taking shortcuts, as these are usually doomed to fail.
3. Understand your drivers and inspiration
During goal-setting, you need to know why you have certain goals at all. You need to have a compelling reason that’s bigger than yourself to keep you passionate and driven to work hard at achieving your objectives. This could be your family or a loved one, or it may be a desire to make a difference in the lives of people and on the world. Whatever your inspiration, make sure you know who or what it is because this is what will keep you motivated even if it takes you years to fulfil your goals.
Every day, people succeed in life against the odds. Remember this, and know that the only person who can limit you is yourself. Take the above tips to heart, and use them during your goal-setting, process. This is what the path to success looks like.
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