“Dream, Dream, Dream! Dreams transform into thoughts, and thoughts result into action.”
– Dr AJP Abdul Kalam
Realizing our passion is exceptional. And when we do, knowing how to turn it into reality becomes the mammoth task. But, manifesting our passion into action and transforming it into our career is the real game.
Our passion might mean many things ranging from making a major career decision, starting our own business, brand or blog, writing a book or climbing a mountain. But, the steps to achieving our goals are a work in themselves that demand detailed planning and discipline. However, it becomes easier to act if it is fueled by passion. It feels like being on a mission.
The most important thing before starting to follow our dream is to make sure it is our dream. It might be very difficult to differentiate between a dream and a milestone created by our peers and influencers. But it is worth giving a try. Even that requires us to be curious, specific, and honest.
Dare to Dream
It is okay if you don’t know which direction to go. This part requires thought and imagination. It is time to adopt tactics to introduce your mission into an everyday schedule. Here are a few tactics you can employ to chase your passion:
Mind Mapping is a way to unravel real thoughts & ideas and keep a record of them. There are several online mind mapping tools to help you get started. But, it is not wise to limit yourself to just one thought or idea. The more detailed the maps, the better equipped you will be to create realistic milestones to start plotting your path to living your passion.
Set a Plan and Be Real
One of the most efficient ways to live your passion is to create a detailed plan with realistic milestones and schedules. The key here is to be realistic and detail-oriented.
Many of you will be aware of the tried and tested S.M.A.R.T. Rule:
Be specific with your goals. Instead of “I want one million dollars,” be precise about what you want it for, why you want it and list the areas to cover to actually get it.
It is necessary to keep track of your progress. Remember dreams are a series of short-term goals joining up. Practice some discipline by scheduling in times to work on your goals whether it be two hours in the morning, before work or any time during the weekend.
Set objectives that are attainable. Plot small and achievable goals and milestones to check off along the way. Weekly objectives work best for many and the serotonin hit of achieving regular goals can become habit-forming.
This relates, particularly to resources and timings. Make sure you can visualize success through this plan otherwise dreams remain just that. Having an alternative plan often helps.
Specify when you expect to achieve a certain milestone. Even “overnight success” takes seven years.
Things start to settle down when you start living the life of your choice. The initial days are tough. But, now is the time to get off the sofa, put down that remote control and live. Follow your own rules, give your Dreams the Wings of Fire and communicate your Ideas to the World. Tell people what you are doing. This also helps in building a network. They can help you by getting on your side. They can offer advice or contacts and will respect the time you spend on your passion or project.
Enjoy the journey. Everything good in life comes from some struggle.
Life is not a bed of roses. So, it is never going to be easy, whether you achieve your dream in a year or five. Obstacles will arise. Expect them and plan your reaction. Use change to adapt, learn and keep moving closer to your destination. The road to your dreams is twisted and long. But, you have to be strong and patient. That is the key to success.