People get to where they are in life because of their habits.
Good or bad, our daily habits set a path of behavior and, from that behavior, the tone of our lives.
The right habits can help you follow your dreams, while bad ones can hold you back.
Successful, happy people don’t always get to where they are in life because they had the money to fund their dreams, the right connections or a loving, supportive environment.
More often than not, they developed a few core habits that helped them shift their mindset and propel them towards their dream life.
The same is true for you, even if you’re feeling stuck! Here are 5 core habits that you can start cultivating today that will help you follow your dreams.
How To Follow Your Dreams
1. Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
You only get one shot at life so it’s serious business.
I believe that happiness is inextricably linked to living on purpose, loving what you do and growing into the best person you can be.
But this doesn’t mean that you have to BE serious.
Too many of us worry about things that never happen and complain about everyday situations that simply don’t matter.
I know this because I spent too many years chasing outward success.
I worked so hard in my business that I lost all sense of proportion. Life lost its luster and I was often stressed, overworked and miserable.
It was only when I stopped being so serious that my passion for life returned.
Have you ever wondered how different your life could be if you lightened up?
When you stop taking life so seriously you get better at handling disappointments.
Life becomes fun and you are more fun to be around.
Setbacks, twists and turns cease to have control over you.
Instead, they become your wisest friends and teachers.
You start to see them as signposts on your journey as you follow your dreams.
Developing such a perspective on life helps you become more resilient, improves your problem-solving skills and builds confidence in a way that just getting by or surviving never can.
2. Develop Self-Awareness
The happiest people in the world know who they are.
They know their strengths and they celebrate their achievements, large and small.
They are aware of their weaknesses but they don’t let them take over their life.
They simply work on the aspects that need developing and manage, delegate or outsource the rest.
When you take the time to slow down you are able to connect with your truest self. You gain powerful insights about the things that motivate and inspire you.
Self-awareness is a habit you must develop if you want to follow your dreams and do what you love.
It teaches you that you don’t have to play a role or live your life according to other people’s expectations. Instead of looking outside for guidance, you learn to turn in.
Adopt this approach in your own life.
Drop the shoulds, woulds and coulds that others have imposed on you and let your intuition lead you.
Everything you need is within you. You ARE enough.
3. Start Before You’re Ready
In a perfect world, everything would be perfect.
The thing is, perfection doesn’t exist.
Successful people recognize this and are more willing than most to trust themselves and follow their passion. Even if they’re not 100% ready.
Do they get scared?
But they don’t let fear stop them from making the leap.
Too often, people delay taking action.
They are scared to follow their dreams and get hung up with planning, researching, busy work and generally thinking too much.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare.
Just learn to recognize dithering for what it really is – procrastination.
When you procrastinate you hand power over to your limiting beliefs.
You start to believe that what you want isn’t attainable, that you aren’t good enough or worthy enough to have it.
Stop the delaying tactics. It’s more important to get things done than to do them perfectly.
The only way you can fail is to quit.
Even if you’re not ready to make a jump, have faith that you will be. Trust yourself to move before you are ready and tweak as you go along.
4. Be Willing To Make Mistakes
Successful people understand that mistakes are an inevitable part of learning and they, like everything else, are a work in progress.
This makes them more open to experimenting.
Every scientist, product developer, programmer and inventor knows this too.
That’s why you see so many beta versions, upgrades, new releases and trials of products on the market.
Developers use feedback to help them improve their products and fix any bugs.
This is what allows us as consumers to constantly upgrade our smartphones, computers, home appliances, cars and so on every year without giving it a second thought.
Businesses also need to evolve to stay relevant. New products and services replace old ones. Yet we rarely call the previous iterations “mistakes”.
Why not take the same approach in your own life?
The fear of making mistakes is a tough belief to shift, especially if you have perfectionist tendencies like I do.
From childhood our education system, family and other authority figures teach us that mistakes are not tolerable and to be avoided at all costs.
As a result we grow up thinking that mistakes are bad and protect ourselves by playing it safe in life.
Embrace the fact that when you start something new it will take some time to get a handle on it. Be willing to try things out without the pressure of always getting it right.
You may not choose the right passion, the right niche or the right business model but you won’t know that until you start.
Yes, you may waste a few weeks, months or even years out of your life but the clarity you gain from experimenting is priceless and will save you time in the long-run.
Don’t expect to release the fear of making mistakes overnight though.
It will take time.
But giving yourself permission to make blunders and pursue ideas that may well be dead ends will empower you and better equip you to follow your dreams.
5. Expect More For Yourself
In life you get what you expect.
Successful people expect that what they want is going to happen. It’s a foregone conclusion that they will achieve their goals even if they face obstacles along the way.
They refuse to settle or compromise.
You are going to get what you expect in your life so why not aim high?
Why not expect the most wonderful, incredible and exciting life for yourself?
You are unique among 7 billion people on the planet. There is no one quite like you.
The work you do is important because there are things that only you can do.
Your gifts and talents are so immensely special that you should not accept anything less for yourself.
Even if you aren’t entirely clear about your passion or what you really want to do with your life, start by recognizing and accepting your significance.
You have a story inside you that needs to be heard.
Over To You
Have you developed any new habits that are helping you follow your dreams? Are there any habits that are holding you back from achieving your goals? Please share your thoughts below.