1. Stop all the excuses
Well, the first that you can do is to stop coming up with all the reasons under the sun not to start following your dreams. Believe me, I know all about excuses not to do something, I was an alcoholic for more years than I care to remember, before I stopped making excuses and cleaned up my act.
2. Decide on what you want to be
Whatever your circumstances and whatever you have been through, the first thing you need to do is set some goals. That goal might be to get off drugs or alcohol, it might be to make your first million, it could even be both! Get those goals into your head and don’t ever left them go.
3. Make a plan
So, now you know where you want to get, you’re going to need a map to get you there! In just the same way as you would plan a long journey, set out your route, and the important milestones along the way. You might take a few detours along the way, but at least with a plan, you know which way you should be going.
4. Accept that there may be some risks
With anything that is worth doing there will be some risks and the biggest risk of all, is that of experiencing some failures on your way to success. Do what you can to reduce the risks, but no one ever got anywhere by being too scared to make a start.
5. Make the most of your time
Whatever your dream may be, you will have to learn to manage your time and make sure that you spend most of it productively. A sportsman has to train, a teacher has to study and an alcoholic has to stay out of the pub! Keep a record of what you do with your time and try and make sure it is being used wisely.
6. Soak up information like a sponge
Learn all you can about the thing you are trying to achieve. The more knowledge you acquire, the better equipped you will be to succeed. Seriously, switch off that mind numbing TV and surf the web or read a book. Learn how other people have achieved what you are trying to do, and find inspiration from there.
7. Stop worrying about what other people think.
You don’t follow dreams to please other people; you follow them because you want to. There will always be someone who wants to put you down. They will tell you can’t do it, it’s not possible, or you’re not good enough. Ignore people like that, they are only jealousy that you have the bottle to try and make something of your life.
8. Stick to your guns
You will have bad days and there will failures, slips and setbacks. Don’t let that put you off, though, just make sure that, for every step back, there are four steps forward, and you will reach your destination eventually.
9. Watch the Rocky movies!
Ok, that sounds a bit flippant, perhaps it should be, read inspirational literature! Mind you, what can be more inspirational than the final scenes of Rocky II – “YO, ADRIAN! I DID IT!”
10. Never forget why
If ever you find yourself lacking the motivation to carry on then sit down for a quiet moment and reflect on why you are doing what you are trying to do. Remind yourself of the big goals in your life and it will help you overcome the small hurdles that you may find in your way.
Go for it, and good luck!