At some point in your life, you have had many aspirations of what you wanted to do in your adult life, and who you wanted to be. Every person experiences these hopeful and sometimes naive dreams. Usually in childhood we go through the first rounds, often playing dress up and the “I Want to Be A _____ When I Grow Up.” Then at some point during late high school through college years, we have changed those dreams and aspirations to better suit how we have changed. During the college years, we tend to plan out the rest of our lives, creating dreams that we disguise as life goals, such as becoming debt free by a certain age, or having a family and a little house with a picket fence in the country.
Unfortunate for us, these goals and dreams are left at that; they are never truly realized, nor are they ever accomplished. Sure, you may have managed to find that house you wanted, but you are by no means even close to being debt free, and you are living from paycheck to paycheck. The problem is that while you are getting on with your life, you have failed to even try to reach for these goals. You may have settled for that boring office position that has nothing to do with your degree, or you have settled in at a legal atmosphere as a paralegal, when clearly your degree is to be a lawyer. More often than not, we settle because we do not aim for those goals that we created all those years ago.
It is important to realize that it is not too late. You can still achieve those dreams that you have had for yourself. The first thing that you need to do is remember that the most important aspect of getting to where you want to be is to remain positive, even when you are staring down the ugly face of defeat. If you stay positive, you will not give up in your attempts. You will always look at every failure as an experience to learn from, and you will push onward.
The next thing that you need to do is make sure that you separate the realistic dreams and goals from the off the wall ones. Thinks about how likely it is that you will even get close to these goals. For example, if you had a dream to become partner of a certain law firm by a certain age, you should be thinking about how you can still become partner, but maybe not at the age you wanted, or in the firm you wanted.
Achieving your goals is not hard. It will take some time and a bit of effort, but you can do it. Go for the realistic goals, and always stay positive. As you reach one dream or goals, add another. Keep it going so that you can guarantee that you are always working toward who you want to be.