Sometimes it can be easier to procrastinate on your dreams, rather than face you fears. Lately, I’ve been trying to face my fears and break the cycle to officially start moving towards my dreams. But there are days I want to crawl back into my comfort zone and go back to procrastinating.
Do you ever feel like this?
There may be something you want more than ANYTHING, but fear or self-doubt starts to derail your enthusiasm. However, we don’t want to derail our enthusiasm. We WANT to face our fears and start making changes to live our dreams.
Here are four steps and a goal sheet to help you face your fears today:
Research your topic, including knowing your competition to see what works.
Once I settled on the path that I wanted my career to take, I started researching EVERY possible thing I can find to get me there (If you’re still looking for your career path, you can check out my guide to help you on your quest). The best part about the Internet is most of the research you need is FREE–my favorite kind.
Doing research is the best way to set yourself up for success. This is where you can learn from others doing the same thing. You can study your different competitors to see what works and what doesn’t. As well as, make connections that will lead you to other important information to help you be successful.
STOP listening to the nay-sayers around you.
Nay-sayers aren’t always haters. Sometimes they’re the people that love you and don’t want to see you hurt. No matter the reason, you still need to shut out the negativity.
I like to create a vision board and post words of affirmations to remind me why I want the dream to begin with. It’s also a good idea to surround yourself with positive motivators. You’re going to need a support group for when you start to feel down on yourself.
When you start to feel self-doubt, remind yourself why you're doing this.
Just like when the nay-sayers start to make you doubt your dream, YOU can start to doubt. This comes from the fear that you may have. Whether that’s fear of failure, rejection, success, it doesn’t matter. It all has the same effect.
When this happens, you need to have a system to end the doubt. Like my vision board and affirmations, these are good ways to help silence your inner critic. Also being on group boards and connecting with people in your same position help to encourage you when you start to doubt.
DON'T let yourself fall into a cycle of putting off your dreams.
You want to keep shooting for your dreams! Don't let yourself fall into a cycle of procrastination or excuses to put off your pursuit. The best way to do this is to have your goals written out for you to remember. I use this 90 day goal sheet to help keep my focus.
And if you’re struggling with what career path to take, check out my article on the different options out there to pick your path. Also, ask yourself these questions if you’re still struggling. Then get your own goals sheet so you can keep yourself motivated on your path to achieving your dreams.