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Tips to seize your dreams.

Is there anything you tell yourself you will do more of “when you retire”? If so, then there’s a big chance you could be making more time for it NOW- not some far off time that may never come. Everyone has dreams, but not everyone makes their dreams a reality. So what do successful people do differently to achieve their goals? Read on for our top tips in manifesting your desires.

Doubt Your Doubts

The first step to making any dream a reality is believing that it’s possible.

Once you know what you truly desire, it’s necessary to trust that you are capable of making it happen. Having doubts is natural, but it’s important not to allow them to take up too much of your mental space. One powerful way to challenge doubts is by practicing positive affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that can help you overcome negative thoughts or beliefs. Just like repetitive physical exercise makes your body stronger, repeating affirmations is like exercise for your mind to make it stronger and more resilient over time. Some examples of positive affirmations are: “I am motivated to work toward my goals. I am capable of achieving anything I set my mind to. I am worthy of creating the life I desire.” Over time, repeating positive statements like these can reprogram your thinking patterns to help you achieve your goals.

Keep Your Inner Circle Strong

Your biggest influences, whether you’re aware of it or not, are the people closest to you.

Take stock of the people you spend most of your time with. Are they living in a way that aligns with what you want for your own life? If not, it might be time to set healthy boundaries and take some space from the people who are not positive influences in your life.

Run Your Own Race

Everyone is on their own path and their own timing.

It’s important to have people in your life who inspire you, but don’t get caught up in comparisons. Comparing your journey to someone else’s is counterproductive to success and will only end up making you feel bad. Besides, even the most successful people have their own struggles that you may not be aware of. Focus on your own process and trust that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be.

Know When to Rest

It’s easy to get caught in workaholism in our fast paced, productivity-based culture.

One of the most crucial elements of long term success is knowing when to rest. But if you don’t know when to take a break, you’ll end up getting burnt out. Research suggests that taking breaks actually boosts productivity levels. Listen to your body and make sure to plan time away from work into your schedule. Use your time off for activities that make you feel recharged and inspired.

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Failure is an important learning experience.

Any successful person will tell you that it’s impossible to be successful without experiencing failure at some point along the way. Many people don’t pursue their dreams because they are afraid to fail. But failure is an important learning experience. What’s most important is how willing you are to keep trying after you’ve failed. Persistence is key. As George Clooney said, “the only failure is not to try.”

Any dream is attainable. The magic happens when you take action. This is the part where you DO stuff. Every day.

Ask yourself: What’s your dream? What’s your goal? What’s the thing you’d really like to achieve this year, this month or even just before 5pm today? Maybe it’s weight loss, or learning a new language. Maybe it’s finding a better job, writing a book, going back to school or being a better parent. Maybe you want to feel more vivacious out all the time or train to run a marathon.

Here’s the truth… you have to choose. You have to want something bad enough to get up an hour earlier, to shut the TV off, to play Legos with your 4 year old even when you’re exhausted. You have to make the choice and keep making it all 1,440 minutes of every 24 hour day! That’s how you get to where you want to be and achieve all the goals you have pictured in your mind.

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