I've spoken with many people who find themselves in a place they don't want to be. They envision living the life of their dreams, but feel super overwhelmed and don't even know where to start.
I’ve been there.
Sometimes getting started can be difficult, so I created a list of habits I've formed that are helping me overcome and turn dreams into reality. I hope they help you!
12 Tips to Help You Overcome!
Take it easy on yourself! Start this process with the acceptance that you WILL make mistakes! Just don’t give up when you do. You wouldn't slash the other three tires on your car just because one was flat, right? So don't give up on your dreams because you made a few (or a thousand) mistakes. You’re human and perfection is unattainable. Forgive yourself, look for the lesson(s) in it, and keep moving forward!
Don’t place too much focus on the numbers or a time frame! Sometimes things happen that we didn’t plan on, so be it easy on yourself. It’s good to have a deadline or number in mind when meeting a goal, but remember; it’s not the end of the world if you don’t meet it. As long as you don’t give up, it will happen in time.
Continuously make good choices to keep you moving in the direction of your dreams! EVERY decision you make will either get you closer to your dream or will keep you from it. You'll see the benefits as time passes. There’s no quick fix, just be patient!
Give yourself credit when you do good things and make good choices!Don’t reward yourself with food, but enjoy the feelings of accomplishment. If you have no one to share your little victories with, share them with me. I’d love to celebrate with you!
Shut down negativity at all costs! This means negative thoughts, negative words, negative people, negative places, negative situations, and any other kind of negative influence. Negativity is much more dangerous than you realize and can kill your dream.
Surround yourself with positivity wherever you can find it! Facebook pages, websites, blogs, people, books, music, church, support groups, fitness classes, etc. Happiness is contagious… CATCH IT!
Do what works for YOU! There are a billion ideas and suggestions on how to make your specific dream a reality. They don't all work for everyone and some don't work at all. Do your research and try different things. If they work for you, GREAT! If they don't, move on and try something else. Customize your life!
Get up and move! Just start somewhere. You don’t have to join a gym. You don’t have to run a mile the first day… or ever. It’s not mandatory to get a personal trainer. But if that will help you succeed, THEN DO IT! Focus on the fact that any amount of moving is good for your heart and health.
Drink plenty of water! No one likes to feel bloated and sluggish. Drinking water flushes the toxins out of our system and helps us to have a more glowing, healthy, hydrated complexion. Water is super good for us for many other reasons… drink more of it!
Make a list of the advantages for your life when this dream comes true! If it’s important to you, write it down. Nothing is too insignificant. When you’re tempted to be lazy instead of doing what will get you closer to that goal, read these advantages and imagine how you’ll feel when they become your reality. Let them fuel your progress!
Enjoy the journey! Live life to the fullest, even when you don’t feel like it. Focus on your blessings. Focus on where you want to be and what you can do to get there. Your outlook makes all the difference!
Don’t be a victim. Be an overcomer! Victims say “It may be possible, but it’s difficult.” Overcomers say “It may be difficult, but it’s possible!” Victims see the pain. Overcomers see the gain! Victims see problems. Overcomers see possibilities! Victims let it happen. Overcomers MAKE IT HAPPEN!
If you still aren't sure how to start, choose one of these tips and focus on it for a week. Then, add another the next week… then another. Things will begin to change before you know it. You’ll be so much closer to your dreams with each positive decision you make!