Everyone has a goal they dream of achieving, but many people never take the steps they need to ensure their dreams come true. For example, I procrastinated starting an internet business for years because I was sure I wasn't ready. However, I took no action to become ready, which meant that no amount of waiting would make my goal any closer to becoming a reality. If you are stuck in this situation of dreaming but never moving towards realizing those dreams, the following tips could help you get out of this rut and move forward.
Fake It Until You Make It
Ask many people why they are not taking action to achieve their goals, and they will give you a long list of excuses. In my case, I claimed I couldn’t work towards my goals because I didn’t know enough about SEO, affiliate marketing, or any other aspect of online business. While that was all true, I know now that it was not a good reason to put off starting my business. The problem with excuses is that they do not serve you in any way. Complaining about your lack of knowledge will not help you gain the skills you need. On the other hand, jumping in and having a go at working toward your goals can be a great learning experience. For example, when I started my blogs, I didn’t know very much about online business strategies, but I have learned a huge amount along the way. All I had to do was find out the tools necessary to begin the journey.
First step I took was invest in Bluehost to host my domains. At the time I had no idea how to set everything up but now, months later, it’s a walk in the park. As I continuously learn to drive traffic to my blogs, I recently looked into complementary tools such as Leadpages and Aweber and am learning to use them pretty fast, but such is the journey. Whether your goal is to start your own business or achieve some other goal, “faking it” is a great way to learn the skills you need to succeed.
You Don’t Have to Do It All Yourself
The most successful entrepreneurs don’t try to do everything themselves. Instead, they surround themselves with people who have the skills they need to succeed. For example, I have worked with professional writers to ensure the content I create for my blogs provides the SEO benefits my business needs to succeed.
The first step is to know your own strengths and weaknesses. Be honest with yourself about your skills and experiences. Perhaps you are an amazing writer, but do not know enough about marketing yourself to be an online success. Or perhaps, like me, you have an amazing vision but need help putting it into words that can help you reach out to other people. Whatever skills you lack, you can find someone who is willing to fill the gap and help you succeed in achieving your goals.
You can reach out to professionals on online freelancing platforms. No matter what skill you need to recruit, there are freelancers who can help you out on a flexible and cost-effective basis. As a result, lack of skills is no reason to put off trying to achieve your goals.
Connect With Other Goal-Oriented People
Pursuing a dream can be a lonely experience. Your friends and family surely care about you, but they might not believe in your dreams or understand why they are so important to your happiness. They may want you to play it safe, encouraging you to stick with your everyday job instead of striking out on your own to do what you have always wanted to do. If you decide to ignore their advice and pursue your goals anyway, you might end up feeling isolated and unsure of yourself. To combat these negative feelings, you need to surround yourself with like-minded people, who understand what it is like to keep on chasing a dream when everyone around you thinks you can never succeed. This is one of the benefits of reading blogs like John Chow’s blog. Here, you can read blog posts written by and for ambitious entrepreneurs, which could help you stay focused on your goal.
Find a Mentor
If you are serious about achieving your goals, it is often a good idea to look for a mentor who can give you inspiration and guidance to keep you on track. Mentors act as role models to help you work out what you should be doing at each stage of your journey. Without a mentor, it is easy to lose focus and become unsure about what you need to do to ensure success, which can make it very difficult to achieve your goals.
Stay True to Yourself
When it comes to achieving your goals in life, persistence is key. All entrepreneurs face challenges on the road to success. Unfortunately, many people take setbacks as a sign they should quit and return to their day jobs. Those who succeed are the ones who refuse to quit. Can you imagine how different the world would be today if entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg had given up the first time their technology ventures hit a bump in the road? Rather than letting challenges get you down, try to view them as opportunities for learning and growth.