Having our dreams and ambition; plans and goals and a firm vision can help us build a bright future.
“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious,
and they must be brought into connection with action.
They must be woven together.”
- Anais Nin, writer
1. Set Goals
Without goals setting, we are unlikely to achieve our dreams. You may dream to become a musician or a successful entrepreneur. But having that dream does not say much, does it?
That’s the role of setting goals. What do you want to be? How are you going to achieve that? You need a pen and paper to write a clear plan with set deadlines and action plans. You can break down your dream into smaller goals. Then set deadlines! E.g. what will you achieve in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years.
Here is a simple goal setting template which will help you keep track of your progress. Place this worksheet somewhere visible, paste it on your wall!
Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
~ Lou Holtz, American football coach
Success is 10 percent skill, 20 percent talent and 70 percent right attitude. Your talent and skill alone won’t take you places, but the right attitude, even without much skill will. Work on your attitude; be approachable, pleasant and receptive of correction by others. You will attract correct people which will open doors for you. The “I CAN” attitude always wins at the end. If you believe you can’t, you really can’t. Set your mind on your dream, visualize achieving it and let the distractions pass by, you will achieve more than you wish.
3. Stick To Your Plan
Sticking to your plan for teens dreams and ambitions could be the most difficult part, but the most important. Its very nice setting goals; think about New Year Resolutions. How many really stick to their plans? Try to stick to your plan as much as you can, unless a better way comes your way. Just make your plan better every time you get an advice or a tip. Now have your goals worksheet stuck on your wall as a reminder that you need to keep the promise you made to yourself.
4. Handling Hiccups and Accepting Challenges
Believe me, you will get a couple of hiccups to distract you along the way. These could vary from financial needs to negativity from people around you, friends or even family members. Keep believing in your dream regardless and approaching people who also believe in it. There may be only one person who believes you can do it, and that is enough for you to get support. A little bit of confidence will drive your dream. Build confidence and believing in yourself is invaluable.