Each person’s goals and ambitions are unique. Some are challenges of will and self, such as running a marathon; others require great skill, such as being a professional musician; while still others may, in part, be based on luck or on being in the right place at the right time, such as getting to meet a famous person or winning the lottery.
If you’re open to opportunities, you can make realizing your childhood dreams a reality. Here are some tips on how to get there:
Focus on Your Passion
Often the things in which you excel are also the things you enjoy doing most. Identify your passion and focus on fostering it, even if it is not how you earn a living. Your passion may not always equate to a paying job, but if your childhood dream was, for example, to run a marathon and you’re passionate about working toward that goal, you won’t need to become a professional athlete to feel the thrill of crossing the finish line.
Your childhood dream, when seen through adult eyes, may not always seem realizable. If your dream, for example, was to visit Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory like you saw in the movies, this dream seems as if it will definitely elude you – unless you’re flexible enough to realize that you can still make the dream come true! How? You could study and perfect the arts of baking and candy-making, and open a chocolate shop of your own. Or, you could recreate a version of the factory with store-bought treats to delight your neighbors and local children each year during Halloween or the winter holidays. The key: You may have to adapt your dream as a grown-up, but you can still see it come to fruition.
The challenge with achieving some life goals isn’t feasibility, it’s you. Realizing your childhood dreams takes ingenuity, hard work, dedication and, above all else, confidence. When it comes to doing the extraordinary – even if that just means taking a trip to see the Great Wall of China or the Louvre in Paris – you have to banish self-doubt and commit to believing in yourself. Own your dream, and don’t be embarrassed by it. Remember that you determine your own happiness and can do anything that you put your mind to, if you are truly dedicated to its pursuit.
The Central Goal Is Happiness
Achieving a goal means not just the accomplishment but also the experience. You’ve likely heard the age-old adage that happiness isn’t about the destination; it’s about the journey. It’s important to pursue happiness with an eye toward enjoying the process along the way, and not just having laser-like focus on the outcome. Some people get so caught up in the goal that they neglect to appreciate the pleasure in doing. If you really want to achieve your childhood dreams, maintain your fearless, child-like wonder while working toward your goals.
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