Finding the Courage to Start: Achieving Your Dreams Step Four

Once you are armed with a map, pack your bags & start the journey! Put your plan into action.

You know what makes someone a writer? Writing. You know what makes someone a singer? Singing. Just because you are slumming it on the streets singing with your guitar case in front of you doesn’t make you any less of a singer than Beyoncé. If you know how to do it, start doing it. Being rich and famous or successful is not what makes someone a certain thing, it’s action. Now if you want to be a dentist please don’t start pulling peoples teeth out. You obviously must learn how to do these things before you can actually do them, but you will never be what you want to be until you start somewhere. Sometimes the hardest part of your journey is actually taking that first step. It’s so much easier to keep pushing it off until it never happens. We are lazy people, and there is very rarely someone there to kick your butt except yourself. So I’ve made a list of steps so you can get your butt in gear:

1. Recognize your fear. If you are still in the planning stages by all means keep planning, but make sure you aren’t using that to procrastinate because you are too scared or lazy to begin. There is only so much planning that you can or need to do, eventually the only thing left to do is start. It’s easy to let every thing you have to do overwhelm you and freak you out, but you have to remember to stick to your plan and focus on each individual step as you get to them. You get places with one small step at a time, and only occasionally a leap thrown in.

2. You must change your mindset, and stop thinking of your dream in the future tense, but start thinking of it in the present tense. Sometimes we dream and think and hope about something incessantly thinking “one day I will do this” and then one day never comes, and it’s never going to until you say “today I will do this.”  You only really have today. We are not promised one day. One day you will be dead. Stop thinking about it as something you may do in the future, and start thinking about it as something you are going to start working towards right now. Remember, our days are limited, so use every day as the opportunity it is.

3. Start achieving your dreams right now! Get up off your couch, turn off your TV, and take your life somewhere new. Do something small, just a baby step, that will get you closer to your goal. It doesn’t have to be anything big and scary right off the bat. Start your timeline that you hopefully created from last weeks post. Buy a book and start learning, register for school, do ten push-ups, etc.  Marie Curie had to start somewhere. Madonna had to start somewhere. J.K. Rowling had to start somewhere. We all have to start somewhere. You don’t just do it and instantly become it. It’s a process. A year from now you will be thankful for the work you started today.

A beautiful painting doesn’t just happen in mere seconds. It happens one brush stroke at a time.

If you have been following my series on Achieving Your Dreams and going through the steps, then you are ready to start. If you haven’t been, well you can still do one small thing today that gets you closer to your dream. You need only to have the courage to begin, and the endurance to keep going.

18 thoughts on “Finding the Courage to Start: Achieving Your Dreams Step Four

  1. Great tips! I had do that when starting my blog — I’d know I wanted one for years, and I knew what it was going to be about but I couldn’t think of a good name. Finally I realized I just had to pick one and start already!

  2. Awesome tips, so simple but so easy to forget. I need to do this with writing. I’m so bad and keep saying “tomorrow” instead of now.

    1. It can be really difficult to carve out time for writing. I have to write it down in my daily schedule. It’s the only way I can get anything done (all those poor unwatered plants…)

    1. Baby steps are the only way I keep my sanity, or else I become a recluse with the lights turned off, ignoring phone calls and door knocks.

  3. Amazing! Sometimes doing the darn thing is the only way to get past the fear of doing it. I love how you highlight that we need to actually acknowlege the fear we have. Trying to put on the brave front of courage can sometimes be more of a hinderance than simply saying yes I’m scared BUT…and moving forward. Great post!

  4. Hi,
    I loved this. The courage to start writing, and a great pin which I pinned by the way. You are in contention to win the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party. Check back tomorrow to see if you won.
    Janice, one of your hostesses.

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