“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
We all have dreams that keep us going throughout the day. There is always something that we long to do, but can’t ever seem to get started. Maybe you have dreams of learning how to play the piano, or writing a book or learning to paint a masterpiece.
All of these things come from inspiration deep inside of us – but how do we go about letting it out? How do we turn that inspiration into reality? It’s way easier than you think.
“The key is harnessing that spark of inspiration—whatever it may be—to alter your conduct. It starts with a decision followed by immediate action, which when sustained over time, can improve your life in ways you couldn’t possibly predict,” says author and vegan ultra-marathoner Rich Roll.
Turning inspirations into reality just takes a little time, and some key things to remember. Here are ways to turn all of that bubbling inspiration into reality.
HERE ARE 5 EXCEPTIONAL WAYS TO TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY
1. FOCUS ON GOALS THAT EXCITE YOU
Sometimes, there are things that you give yourself to achieve that you just don’t feel passionate about. Maybe you have a goal to become the CEO of your company – and if that doesn’t make you feel excited, then there’s no reason to keep pursuing it. Keep your focus on the goals that light your inspiration on fire and make you feel full and excited.
“Whatever your goals are, they need to inspire you. They should cause a well of longing or excitement at the mere mention or thought of them. If you’ve got goals that make you about as excited as getting your teeth cleaned, then it’s time to get some new ones,” says author and musician Christina Sarich.
Allow yourself to enjoy the goals that make you happy, even if that goal is something niche like starting a succulent garden, or learning to whittle soap. They’re your inspirations, and if they make you feel happy, then that’s all that matters. If you focus on goals that don’t make you feel inspired, then you’ll have less time to focus on the goals that do.
2. DON’T OVERTHINK IT
Just like anything, overthinking your inspirations will probably stall you from actually getting anything done! Overthinking is “… neither productive nor healthy. There is a proven connection between rumination and depression, and another word for rumination is overthinking—the kind of thinking that doesn’t move you forward,” says author Sophia Dembling.
Don’t think too hard about what achieving your inspirations means – just get out and do it! Don’t focus on what people will think of your inspirations, or what your family will think. All you need to do is focus on how it makes you feel, and what you want to do with your inspirations. Once you stop letting yourself overthink it all, you’ll be amazed by how easy it is to turn all of that inspiration in your veins into reality.
3. TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
How do you feel when you see other people posting on social media and their life looks perfectly tailored? Sometimes, seeing the perfect Instagram posts from our friends can make us feel like we aren’t achieving our dreams the way we should. Or, being on social media can make us feel like we should be sharing every second of our inspirations with the world. Don’t fall into the feedback loop.
In many ways social media, “… can be a ‘false reality’ – simply a window through which you see a snapshot of another person’s life. As such, when seeing others though social media it’s natural to make assumptions about how their life might be and you might believe that they, and others, are all having a great time while you’re missing out,” says director of psychological services, Dr. Mark Winwood.
Take a break from social media and focus on your inspirations. You’ll be amazed by how much more focus and drive you will have when you’re no longer competing with people on social media. Once you’re happy and content, go back and share the things you’ve done!
4. TELL SOMEONE
When you get ready to turn your inspiration into reality, you may not want to tell someone for fear of letting them or yourself down. However, it’s proven that once you have some accountability, you’re far more likely to follow through with your goals. So, tell someone! Or tell a lot of people.
Find a support group of people who share your inspirations and do it with them! When you tell people, you’ll be more likely to follow through, especially if they’re someone that you love and trust to support you no matter what. When you have a support group, there won’t be anything to fear from having setbacks or reaching stumbling blocks.
5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL
Fear of failure keeps us from doing all kinds of things! When we stop fearing failure, we become absolutely unstoppable! This isn’t to say that you’re going to fail – in fact, you’re much more likely to succeed than fail! But the fear of failure can stop you in your tracks before you even realize what’s happening!
“If you are going places, failure is just part of the deal, but that’s OK. You can fix failure. You can’t fix the things you never tried. If you stop trying, you’ll always wonder about what could have been,” says author and independent public board director, Jill Griffin.
So, kick that fear of failure to the door. Failing at things is just a part of life, and you’ll never know if you’re going to fail or succeed if you never try.
Everyone has inspiration inside of them that is waiting to turn into reality. The only difference between you and someone else is taking those extra steps to explore that inspiration and make it into something that you love. These are ways to turn your inspiration into reality and make your dreams come true.