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.
Even 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!
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