It’s pretty common to read stories of young people doing incredible things. Although this is of course a cause for celebration, it can get you down sometimes too when you feel you haven’t achieved your goals. It’s easy for people to have a mental timeline running at all times, and although this can help people stay on track, it can be exhausting when you feel you’re not where you should be. If this sounds like you, relax: there’s always time to follow your dreams!
Of course, it’s difficult to recklessly pursue a dream when you have family obligations or struggle with finances or health. However, our responsibilities can become a crutch that can prevent you from maximizing your potential. Most often, the biggest thing holding you back from achievement is your mindset. Keeping this in mind, be constantly vigilant against the negative voice in your head that will cause you to self-sabotage your dreams.
Make a Plan and Stick To It
There will be no progress made unless you make a solid plan and commit yourself to sticking to it. If you don’t see yourself as the type of person who makes plans, you need to step out of your comfort zone and become one. If your dream is to start a business, this becomes especially important. Read up on the basics of devising a business plan, and start writing! Even if you’re not ready to show it to an investor, writing out a business plan will help you organize your ideas. However, following this plan will ultimately be up to you.
There are two types of people in the world: those who encourage others, and those who don’t. If you have the misfortune of being surrounded by the latter, please do yourself a favor and start learning to tune out people who doubt your ability to follow your dreams, whatever they might be. For some reason, there are lots of people who can’t help but point out the potential flaws in whatever plan you may have. Listen to their words (sometimes they bring up valid points, after all, which you can use to improve) but don’t ever let them make you think you can’t succeed. Conversely, treasure the positive people in your life and allow their words to encourage you to achieve the impossible!
My name is Jessica Cox, and I find fulfillment in helping others eliminate excuses and live their best possible life. Although I’m not a finished product, I never stop trying to continually challenge and improve myself. If you’d like me to share my story with the attendees at your convention or religious gathering and help motivate them to start living their best possible lives, feel free to contact me.