We all dream. Images, ideas, emotions and sensations happen in our mind involuntarily, while we sleep. It’s also been suggested that dreams are a connection to our unconscious mind and that they manifest from our deepest desires and anxieties. Even though we can’t control our sleeping dreams, we can control the dreams and goals we have while we are awake – it’s staying focused on these dreams that is the tricky part.

We all start out with the best intentions, whether it be to lose weight, to save money, or to find that dream career, but sometimes we get a little lost along the way. Distractions, loss of motivation or even laziness can be possible causes as to why we never fulfill our dreams.

Goals and dreams drive us to be better people, they give our lives a meaning and purpose, when we finally realise our dreams and reach our goals we will feel fulfilled, complete and above all, HAPPY. But it takes time, commitment and an enduring passion for anyone to accomplish all of their dreams, and even then, that probably isn’t the end, most people need to have something to drive them so new goals arise so new achievements can be reached.

So, you have goals and dreams you want to work on, but don’t really know where to start!!! Great, well you have started already.

There are a few things you can do to stay focused on your dreams, here are 5 straightforward, but valuable steps that will help to get you started.

1. Plan

Write down your dream/goals in a journal, you need to be very specific about what it is that you want. It is hard to achieve your dream if you’re not really certain about what you want. Even if you’re not 100% sure about what you want the outcome to be, you can at least start down that path and along the way you will be able to narrow it down by trying things relating to your dream.

2. Visualize

Have a clear vision of what you want and where you see yourself. What does it feel like? Remember that feeling because that is what will be your driving force. You can also make a vision board if your goal is a thing or something you can see. This will serve as a reminder everyday of what you really want. If you can’t visualize yourself achieving the dream or goal, then there is a strong chance that you won’t.

3. Desire

You need to have a strong desire to fulfil your ambition. If it is not a strong, burning desire, then you probably don’t want it that much. If you are waking up every morning thinking about your goal, then you have the desire you need. It almost needs to be bordering on an obsession!

4. Set a time limit

You need to set a time frame for your goals. This will help you to stay on the right path and to motivate you when you are slacking off. The timeline could be in weeks, months or years, it all depends on what your goal is. Be realistic, you can’t set yourself a timeline of losing 10kg in 2 weeks, this is definitely not realistic, and all it will do is discourage you when you don’t reach your goal, you are more than likely going to give up if this happens.

5. Review your progress

If you are not progressing how you would like, you need to get some help. Use your network of friends, work colleagues and family to help you. Even if it’s just for support, it might just be the boost you need. Regularly checking your progress will stop your goals from fading away, also by letting people in on what you are trying to do, makes you much more accountable. There is always someone that knows someone, so you never know, just by seeking help from the right person could help expand your network and make your dreams and goals a reality.

By following these simple steps, you will set your focus well and truly on your dreams. Don’t forget to stay positive, even when it doesn’t quite go right, just stick to your plan and you will soon be back on track. Whatever you do, ‘DON’T GIVE UP’!! Everyone hits bumps along the way, they may even fall down, but by getting back up, brushing yourself off and continuing on your journey, you will be much stronger and more determined and remember; “All of your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney.