How to Achieve Your Personal Goals and Dreams

Updated on June 11, 2017
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Every dream takes time to grow, but how long has it been since you took the action needed to make your dream a reality? Everyone has goals and dreams that they would like to achieve in life, but not everyone has the same levels of motivation that can keep them on the right path. If you are one of those people that loses focus while trying to accomplish a task, try one of the following tips for increasing motivation. Once the tips are put into practice in your daily life, success and happiness will be sure to follow.

Find Your Passion in Life

Stop for a moment and think about the things that you want really bad. These are the issues that you are very passionate about and could talk about all day if given the chance. If you find your passion in life, your motivation to make it happen is often right behind it. People rarely need an extra push when they are doing something they strongly believe in. In fact, they are often ready to help educate other people about that issue at a moment's notice.

Think About Life Without the Goal

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Sometimes the threat of not achieving a goal is enough to get people motivated in order to make a dream a reality. If you are struggling with developing inner drive, stop and think about what life would be like if you did not accomplish your goal. Would you or someone else be negatively impacted by your lack of follow through? Would someone else step up to do what you are failing to do, or would your dream just die off? If your life will be worse by not trying, there is not much more motivation needed to make something happen.

Develop Your Inner Theme Music

Anyone who works out regularly knows how powerful the right background music can be in order to push through a tough set of exercises. In the same way, music can also be a motivating factor in helping us achieve our dreams. Find a song or group of songs that get you hyped up, and play them whenever you need a boost of productivity. Creating the right mood and environment can be key in making something positive happen within your life.

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Remember the Good Old Days

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Think back to the last time that you accomplished a major goal. Do you remember how you felt inside? Do you remember the thought process you used to make it happen? Now bottle up those feelings and thoughts, and use them in trying to achieve your current dream. Find a way to translate your prior experiences into skills that can help you now. You may even remember resources or people that were useful in the past that can give you a huge boost in the present.

Stop Making Excuses for Not Trying

If you want to accomplish something in life, just go out and do it. Do not fall into the trap of spending time listing all of the reasons why you should not try to make your dreams come true. The time that you took creating this list could have been time used to achieve your goal. Even if you end up failing in the long run, you at least have the knowledge that you gave it a shot. At this point, you can evaluate whether you want to make adjustments and keep trying or move onto a new goal in life.

Build Confidence by Winning Small Battles

Sometimes looking at the whole picture can be intimidating and cause us to pull away from a project before it is even started. Rather than looking at your dream as one big task, try breaking it down into a series of smaller tasks that need to be accomplished in order to make the larger goal possible. As you achieve each mini-goal, your confidence will begin to grow and your motivation to complete the ultimate task will get bigger as well.

Lean on Your Support System

Even the most successful people in life need a gentle nudge from the people they trust the most. Find the time to let your friends and family know that you are working on a project. Let them know why it interests you, and in most cases they will do all they can to help make your dreams come true. Supporters rarely want to see a person they love fail at something, especially when they realize how much the issue means to the person trying to reach the goal. Involving other people in your quest is also a good way to expose yourself to helpful ideas that you may not have considered in the past.

Continue Setting Goals Even After Failure

Failing to reach a goal can often turn into the reason that some people do not even try in the future. Rather than just setting goals that you know you can accomplish, take a risk and set some that may be a serious challenge. Sometimes failure can teach us just how bad we really wanted something to happen. That feeling can be a driving force in continuing to work hard in order to make the dream a reality.

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        Kieron Walker 11 months ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

        Hi threekeys, I get the same feeling from time to time. If I look at the whole picture too often, it paralyzes me from taking action. Sometimes the smaller goal is the one that gets the ball rolling, and then suddenly you realize just how far you've actually gone.

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        Threekeys 11 months ago from Australia

        Great read and wonderful reminder for me that it is okay to get going in tidbits rather than tackling the all too big, which for me, can feel somewhat overwhelming.

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        Kieron Walker 11 months ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

        Thank you Dianemae! I think having a light at the end of the tunnel is a great way to keep striving. Some people may need to have several mini-lights along the way, but as long as you're moving forward it's a good thing.

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        Kieron Walker 11 months ago from Saratoga Springs, NY

        You're welcome Pam. Hopefully it proves to be helpful for you or someone you know. It was my pleasure to write it!

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        Dianemae 11 months ago

        Great article. I always set goals and reach probably 90% of them. Having something to look forward is a great motivator and a step to get and keep you moving.

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        Pam Morris 11 months ago from Atlanta Georgia

        Thank you for posting this article, it very informative and I enjoy reading it

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