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As adulthood kicks in, we are often faced with the dreaded question: should I settle and play it safe or still go after my dreams? It’s challenging because we experience everyday responsibilities that can’t be ignored, but a part of us may still be fighting to keep our ideals alive. What if I told you that the way you approach the situation doesn’t have to be as black and white as the question? We encourage you to adapt a healthy flexible mindset when you reach your lowest point. Our team wants to instill hope and support you on your endeavors; nothing is over yet! Psych2Go shares with you 5 ways to achieve your dreams:

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1. Be inspired and find something you want to believe in.

Perhaps you feel lost and that’s okay. Don’t put pressure on yourself and think that you have to fulfill one grand adventure or be the next president. Dreams don’t have to be about fame or glory in order to be important. Ultimately, it’s about finding something that gives you a sense of purpose. Be inspired by hobbies, places, and people that make you happy. When you understand what fulfills you, you’ll also find something to believe in.

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2. Don’t let your fears hold you back.

I’m afraid of the challenges that await me, but a bigger part of me is more curious than scared. When you want to achieve your dreams, it’s important to adapt the healthy mindset of embracing the unknown, rather than running away from it. As a kid, it’s easy to look up to your heroes and role models and think that they’re fearless. But, they’re not. Everyone has some degree of fear instilled within them.

We live in a materialistic world that makes money off of our insecurities and it doesn’t provide enough safe spaces to talk openly about our anxieties. As a result, self-doubt is a battle that is commonly fought behind closed doors. It’s important to dream honestly. Success is glamorous and usually the end product of what we strive for, but it’s crucial to understand that setbacks, disappointments, and letdowns cannot be eliminated from making your dreams a reality.

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3. Take action and pursue your passions actively.

Don’t allow your dreams and visions to passively exist as mere ideas. Focus and take action one step at a time. You don’t need to make large decisions to make big things happen. Instead, make your dreams approachable by dividing them up into small goals you can work towards fulfilling. Dreaming doesn’t mean having to plan everything down to a T. In fact, a large aspect of it means figuring things out as you go. Just remember that a little goes a long way and don’t expect overnight success. It’s going to be a long, arduous process, but it’ll be worth it when you look back and see all the wisdom and valuable experiences you’ve accumulated.

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4. Find like-minded people and build a support system.

You’re bound to mess up and question your sanity along the way, but the road doesn’t have to be travelled alone. Whether you want to be a writer, musician, or entrepreneur, you will often come across people who may not believe in nurturing your dreams. But, I promise that you’re not alone. Find like-minded people who share the same interests as you. Not only is this a great way to network, but they can motivate you when you need extra support. I feel lucky that I work with a dedicated team here at Psych2Go who believe and see the potential in me. We hope you can open up about your dreams here, too, and support one another. ♥

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5. Allow your failures and mistakes to be lessons, not excuses to give up.

Relationships don’t grow or deepen on good days. Instead, they flourish from hardships. The same pertains to dreams. If you want to achieve them, you must make the effort to constantly choose them again and again. Staying committed to your goals is the only way they will survive. When you’re on the verge of giving up, think about why you held on for so long.

Personally, I think the future me would be devastated if I were quick to abandon my dreams. There’s so much I still have to learn and I’d be lying if I said there aren’t days where I don’t feel dejected, confused, or uncertain. But it’s the possibilities that keep me going. I don’t care about the breaking points or the downfalls so much as the moments of clarity when my heart thanks me for protecting the dreams I’m going after.

How would you like to achieve your dreams? Psych2Go would love to hear your thoughts! Please be sure to leave a comment down below!

 

If you enjoyed this article, then you may also like 5 Things to Give Up to Live the Life You Want  and 5 Ways Ego Can Ruin Your Life from Psych2Go.

 

References:

Morton, K. (2014, October 21). 10 Easy Steps to Making Your Dreams Come True. HuffPost. Retrieved January 23, 2018.

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  1. this was so inspiring! I still don’t really know what I want to do in my life but this definitely inspired me to be more open about my dreams and be confident to pursue them. talking about your own experience made it so much more realistic and honest, thank you very much!

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Written by Catherine Huang

Catherine Huang graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in English. She has a penchant for storytelling, ramen, and psychology. Catherine is a writer for Psych2Go and looks forward to reaching out to its growing community, hoping to encourage others to tap into self-examination and confront life's challenges head on with the most difficult questions.

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