25 February, 2015

HOW TO STAY FOCUSED WHEN CHASING YOUR DREAMS

How To Stay Focused When Chasing Your Dreams

Thank you for your amazing feedback on my previous post Don't Quit Your Day Dream - you guys are the best! Since pouring out my hopes, fears and dreams 2 weeks ago, so much has changed and I feel like I'm on the path to really making a go of my business venture.

Of course, we live in the real world we can't go skipping off into the sunset and just fall into our dream job. We have bills to pay and day jobs to go to. Just because we can't get what we want right now, doesn't mean we can't make it happen. Here are a few things to help us stay focused when pursuing our dreams - let's do this!

Think long term


Whatever your dream may be think of the end goal before you start. I know it may feel premature but thinking about where you want to take your venture - 6 months, 1 year and 5 years down the line helps you think of the bigger picture. Thinking far ahead, allows you to think big, and plan things accordingly with the end goal in mind. Of course it doesn't have to be exact but having a vision to grow your dream, keeps us focused, excited - your eye on the prize.

Keep your sources of income


Whether you have a full or part time job it's good to keep your day job for now. I know it's tempting to just hand in your notice (we've all been there!) but hang in there. Be real. You need as much income coming in before venturing off as well as building capital for your dream. It's tough being in an environment when you know you want to be elsewhere but being financially stable for the time being, will help you when the time comes to take your dream to the next level. If you're fortunate to have financial support and not have to bust your gut for someone else, then you're one step ahead already!

Have a plan


It's easy to tell your best friend your plan to do x, y, z but in reality you need a proper plan. If you're serious about your future ventures you need to take the time to get it all figured out. The last few days I have been researching like crazy, using amazing resources such as byregina, Elle & Co and Wonder Forest. These ladies have got in down when it comes to offering advice for creative freelancers, advice on design and building a business plan. As much as it's tempting to throw yourself in head first and just get yourself out there. Think about your services, skills, audience and what you want to achieve and how you can get there.

Feedback & Support


It's an exciting time when you're working toward you dream and I couldn't do it without the support of friends and family. When I started reaching out and opening up to close ones about my plans, it's just nice to hear their thoughts and perspective. It's good to hear different points of views and how you can be better at what you're doing. Let others be a sounding board and vice versa.

Believe in yourself


Yes cheesy I know but reality is I didn't believe in myself a few years ago, I had given up trying to pursue my dreams. I convinced myself I would be happy with an office job but it's no surprise that it's not enough for me. Only when I started to believe I could be as good as other people out there, then I can really make a go of things. I can't go in feeling defeated. If you really feel you can excel in something, your confidence and passion will shine through.


How do you stay focused on your dreams?


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47 comments

  1. This post is so gorgeously inspiring - I love hearing about people who have amazing goals for life! For me my goal is to finish uni, travel and then work hard... I'm not sure at what just yet but I think if I keep learning and stay motivated, the right thing will be out there!

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  2. I love this post. I am really inspired to plan out how I can make my dreams a reality. My goal is to save enough to get a new place and definitely work on some personal goals as well. Being more grateful is definitely one.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xo

    Maria // Fox and Arrow

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  3. I absolutely love this post! Chasing dreams is always so difficult. I've read and read how it isn't easy at first but if you're patient and work hard at it, the rewards are amazing. I've started following my dreams last year and it sure is a rough road but everyone who has followed their dreams all have went through it! Good luck to you!!


    Katherine Lou
    http://www.wanderhour.com

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  4. Such a good post, and I agree about income. Money is such a worry, and often the main cause of stress. So with that a bit more balanced you can focus on those dreams!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  5. great and relevant tips!


    http://heyprettything.com

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  6. Believe in yourself i think is the most important element to realize every dream Dear. After the others.
    Kiss
    ️www.theladycracy.it

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  7. Thanks so much Anna! You have the right attitude, staying motivated whilst learning will help you figure out what you want to do further down the line :)

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  8. I'm so please to read that Maria :) Good luck with getting your new place, realizing your goals really helps you stay on track.

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  9. Gorgeous advice, I have no shame in telling you I wrote this down!!

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  10. I know it's so easy to say 'just follow your dream' but putting it into practise is another story! You're absolutely right, hard work and patience is key to really making things happen, you can't expect things to fall into your lap.

    That's amazing Katherine :) you site is gorgeous btw, I was having a browse and I can see your energy and passion coming through, so glad you stopped by! xx

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  11. Thanks for reading Victoria :)

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  12. Thanks Annabel! Yes we need money coming in but getting that balance is key to pursue other passions :)

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  13. I completely agree, when you start believing in yourself everything else will follow.

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  14. Amazing! That's made my day Anna :)

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  15. With a blog like yours Hanh, I can't believe you would have doubted yourself, you have one of my best blogs out there! You are going to be UH-MAZING!

    Some of your content is so insightful and inspiring, I have so many of your pages bookmarked! Looking forward to seeing you next month :)

    lucylovestoeat.com x

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  16. Great post lovey, we're behind you xxx

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  17. I'm a "jumper" when it comes to doing something I really want to do, so I just leap and hope the net will appear but I think you have really valid points about actually having a plan, thinking long-term, and not quitting your day job (that last ones is so hard but very true; few have the luxury of quitting without financial consequences.) Lovely and inspirational post, I've really enjoyed reading more posts like these from you!

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  18. Aww thank you Lucy, that's so kind of you to say!!
    I'm so glad I started this blog too, it's given me show so much inspiration and skills for things I want to do i the future :)
    Me too! xx

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  19. I think between both of our ways of thinking is the perfect middle ground! Taking a leap of faith but making sure the net will hold is a good place to start! Since reading your blog, it's really opened up a side of me to do what I love, focus on the positives and just go for things! So thank you :)

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  20. I think the feedback & support is one of the most important when you're chasing your dreams. It's always great to learn from other people's experiences and how to apply their knowledge in your own way. And the last one sounds cheesy but is really important, thanks for listing that! :) I really also believe that you need to take risks & experiment with different things and always being trying something new. Cheers to hustling, lol!

    Characters & Carry-ons

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  21. Loved to read this !! (:

    Nati xx
    artdicted2.blogspot.com/

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  22. This post was so encouraging and inspiring! My blog is my dream, but lately I've been feeling a bit down about it. And this helped. Tomorrow I'll spend my day researching as well!

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  23. Believing in yourself is super important, i'm still working on that.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  24. Definately, you got have some support behind you so you don't feel alone. That's so true Joyce, you got to take risks sometimes, otherwise you'll never know what's going to work - haha yes no shame in hustling!

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  25. Thanks Carla, so glad it inspired you! We all get days like that but I think the great thing about your blog, I can see your personality come through, you're consistent with your writing style and I'm so glad I've come across your site! I love how it's not like every other blog out there :)

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  26. I know it's really hard, it's taken so long to me to finally believe in myself but I don't want to hold myself back anymore. I hope you get there aswell! xx

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  27. Oh wow, thank you so much Hanh, your comment really made my morning. :)

    I know is just temporary and a matter of finding out what works well for me, and keep improving over time. But you know... perfectionist curse, haha.

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  28. So true :) That's so sweet of you to say and it makes me incredibly happy to hear!

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  29. You're welcome lady! Yes of course :)

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  30. Girl thank you so much for this post! I am at that point right now where I am trying, proactively, to pursue what I want (even though that's still a hard thing to pinpoint and set in stone) professionally. I am that girl who voluntarily forfeited my contract extension because I was not happy at that place, and maybe it was quite a foolish thing to do but I could not handle 'achieving my dream' and 'working at the wrong place' simultaneously =( Really hope that this year is going to bring us more fortune in career prospects! xxx

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  31. I agree with everything here! I think achieving your dreams takes a lot of work and having a plan helps you stay focused on your goal and it's important to get constructive feedback so that you're not blind-sighted by your dream and know what needs to be adjusted!


    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  32. I really like these tips - keeping your finances safe is a BIG one! I like the idea of setting different goals throughout a time period as well!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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  33. Aww glad you liked it hun. I've been in that position when your head and heart are telling you one thing, sometimes you have to take a risk in order to follow your dreams. I have every faith you have the drive and passion to go far! xx

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  34. I agree Tina, staying focused on your goals helps you to actually achieve them rather than being 'wishy washy' about them. I would be lost without support from the people I care about :) xxx

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  35. Yes having your finances in order is a good idea I feel! Thanks for reading Kaley. xx

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  36. This is so inspiring Hanh! I like to take the bigger picture and break it down into small, attainable goals, and work on those each day. I hope you achieve everything you want! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

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  37. Love this post, super inspiring. I especially like the first point you mentioned a lot! I think I stay focused because failure is an option, but so is succeeding. And if something's worth a few risks, then I'm willing to take 'em to stay focused when chasing a dream

    xx naomi @ Naomi in Wonderland

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  38. I think for me believing in myself is the most important factor. I am driven and organized but when I stop believing in myself that's when things start to fall apart. Thank you for addressing these points. I love reading your blog :) x http://www.liveshoptravel.com/the-corporate-power-dress/

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  39. Thanks Kate! That's a great thing to do, work on smaller goals that are much more achievable :)

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  40. Thanks for reading Naomi :) Yes we have to take risks and get ourselves back up again when we fail.

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  41. I completely agree, when we believe we can truly do something we have the confidence and drive to really work at it! Thanks for reading :)

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  42. Just stumbled back across this post lovely and its exactly what I needed to read today. Believing in yourself is the most important by far I think, no matter how great your plan, income, and long term goals are... without belief that you can truly achieve them, you have nothing. Such a great, inspiring post :)


    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  43. That's great to read Ellie, sometimes the only thing that keeps me going is self belief too. I think it really fuels us to really achieve what we want to do :)

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