I imagine that like me, you may have had a dream at some time in our lives and because of unforeseen circumstances, that voice in our heads telling us we aren’t good enough, or whatever excuse we tell ourselves, the beautiful dream never came to fruition. Why do we create these “glass ceilings” that frustrate us so? We can see the dream, there’s just that thin, seemingly insurmountable “something” that is preventing us from achieving it!
Are you ready to break that cycle? Do you have a dream big enough that you really want to achieve now? Is the pain of staying where you are growing bigger than the pain of leaving the known? Here are steps 1 and 2 of 6 steps to help you achieve your dream and bust through that irritating, limiting glass ceiling.
1. Clarify your dream/vision. The first thing to do is figure out where you want to go. Ask questions such as:
- Why do you want it?
- What do you want to do/be/have?
- Who do you want to do it to/for/with?
- Where do you want to do it?
- When do you want to do it?
The most important question here is WHY. The more clearly you can see what you want, what your life will be like when you get there, how your life will change when you achieve it, the more powerful your WHY is. And the more powerful you make your WHY, the more easily you will be willing to work through and overcome the obstacles that will come your way. The more intentionally you will create your calendar to give time to working on and achieving this goal. The more easily you can inspire others to participate in this dream of yours.
2. Where are you today? The first thing to do is figure out where you want to go. Ask questions such as:
- What is my financial situation?
- How much time do I currently have to devote to this?
- What are my relationship/family/friends commitments?
- What are my current job/volunteer/time commitments?
- What sacrifices am I willing to make from a money, time, and relationship perspective to do the work to achieve my dream?
- Who do I want to work on this dream with me? (Whether they work with you directly on the dream, as an accountability partner, or as a cheerleader, you need someone(s) to help you along the way. Avoid picking the Negative Nellie’s who agree with your inner voice!)
- What knowledge, skills, abilities do I already have that will help me get my dream and/or sustain my dream once it is achieved?
Sometimes we jump into our dreams without taking into account where we are starting out. And we later realize that we didn’t have enough time or money or willingness to sacrifice certain things and relationships to achieve our dreams. Taking this time to honestly look at where we’re at will help us in the next step.