All of us have a dream. We can call it many different things: wishes, aspirations, or ambitions but ultimately they mean the same thing – the goal of a lifetime that we dream of achieving.

However, only very few of us are able to achieve them. We give in to the environment, to the challenges of ‘reality’, to our own insecurities. Because of that, we give up on our dreams.

How many of us are real, true doers? And, if we aren’t, how do we become doers instead of just dreamers?

1. Write down goals and give them a deadline

Say you want to write a novel and have it ready to submit to an agent or publishing house. That’s awesome – but how far along are you? What do you define as “submission ready”? How long can you write per day, and is it scheduled into your routine just like work or going to the gym?

Pick a deadline for being submission ready (less than two years out), or schedule mini-deadlines, such as two chapters written by month’s end. This goes for any kind of goal, not just novel-writing.

2. Plan (and do) what needs to be done

Every time you decide you want to do something, follow that up with a list of steps you need to take to make it happen. This might mean saving a certain amount of money, or completing a certain number of push-ups.

Budget your hours, plan your expenses, and make sure you’re doing what needs to be done as much as what you want to do.

3. Surround yourself with doers

Birds of a feather flock together. Who are your five best friends? Dreamers feed off of each other, but if you’re around doers they will inspire you.

The staunchest ones aren’t quick to indulge your dreamer tendencies and will want to know what your plan is. Remember: you are in charge of your support network.

4. Change what doesn’t work

There is a saying about the definition of insanity. Don’t dream about achieving something by doing the same things that you have been doing if there are no positive results. Stop, reassess, figure out what’s wrong and try a fresh approach.

It’s good to learn from mistakes, but you’ll never get anywhere making the same mistakes over and over again.

5. Assume everything will take longer and cost more

One of the biggest pitfalls of dreamers is that they think that everything is much easier to do than it realistically is. However, that is almost never the case.

When writing down your action plan, increase time and money by ten percent and give yourself a buffer. The worst case scenario is you’ll succeed with time and money left over.

While being a doer is definitely a requirement to achieve your dream, don’t ever forget the dreamer. It is  your source of inspiration and the reason why you are a doer in the first place.

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