31 Days to a Dream: Have single-minded determination

Single-minded determination. Or bull-headedness. It’s a double-edged sword.

I know I’ve been called stubborn a time or two. Or thirty five.  And not in a good way, either.

And yet good things can come from that quality if you use it right. In order to make your dream happen, you’ll need to be single-minded. Stubborn. Bull-headed. Whatever you want to call it, that’s the ticket to living your dream.


The ability to focus on something is what is called single-mindedness. Concentrate your energy on it till you’re there. This is the key to successfully making that dream of yours come true.

It’s diversion from that single-mindedness that often causes us to give up on our dreams.

determination definitionEven if you aren’t naturally stubborn like me, your ability to focus on your goal can be improved by establishing a few habits like:

1. Become organized: – Make a list. Figure out what has to happen, then write it all down. Set your goals and figure out a way of achieving them.

2. Focus on your dream:– visualize yourself in your dream life. Keep that picture in your head as you’re working through the hard bits. You might even want to draw a picture of you there and keep it visible. Do what you can to remain focused on that goal.

3. Find your tribe: – Surround yourself with like-minded people who will support your efforts. People who believe in you and in your dream.

4. Take baby steps: – breaking your major goal into several short term goals will help you not lose focus. It will keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Achieving the short term goals will encourage you to carry on; seeing progress feeds the dream even more.

It is only with single-minded determination that you’ll find yourself in the middle of your dream. Focus on what you want, visualize it, live with it daily, and keep taking baby steps. One day you’ll look back and see how all those baby steps added together. You’ll be there!

when you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, then you will be successful



Here are the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Define your dream

Day 2: Believe in yourself

Day 3: Believe in your dream

Day 4: Break out of the rut

Day 5: Go public with your idea

Day 6: Don’t fear failure

Day 7: Change your mindset

Day 8: Commit to your dream

Day 9: Celebrate small successes

Day 10: Stop making excuses

Day 11: Face your fear

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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7 Responses to 31 Days to a Dream: Have single-minded determination

  1. devis May 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    HI Nancy and family,

    Thank you for these article. I always admire you guys

  2. Cristina Garcia May 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    What an awesome and inspirational series!

  3. Barbara Weibel May 20, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Fantastic advice, for all aspects of life!

  4. linda cox May 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi Nancy- I stayed with you years ago, right before you left on your bike trip alaska to argentina. I am from seattle and was heading to Wyoming, I was a couchsurfer. I followed your blog traveling and really enjoyed it. I have been going to asia the last couple winters. I wanted to chat with you on doing a blog and words of wisdom on how to do it, or what to watch out for. Could we chat on the phone or online? I was thinking of doing a blog while I travel in asia during the winter. I was not sure how to contact you, hope this is ok. linda

  5. Mary - Green Global Travel May 31, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Great advice for making things happen in your life and living the life you want!

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