We all have dreams. We all fantasize about a future where we get to live the life we REALLY want. Our dreams aren’t all the same, because we’re all different, after all. While to one person the idea of having a big house filled with children and laughter is something to strive for, to another the idea of bliss is to spend their days alone on top of a mountain painting.
All our dreams are valid. We all have things we want to DO, and places (literally and figuratively) where we want to BE, at some point in the future. The beauty of having these dreams is that they give us hope, and something to look forward to.
But sometimes, these dreams can seem so unattainable, or so far removed from our present-day reality, that we don’t even know where to start.
And many of us see the leap from here to there as so fundamentally HUGE, that we simply give up on trying to get there. We try to convince ourselves that maybe that dream was too far-fetched, so we just won’t even try, because we’re probably going to fail anyways. And is it really worth putting in all that work if we’re not gonna get anything out of it?
It’s sad to think that you never tried because you were scared off by the seemingly impossible. So what’s the alternative? HOW can you get to where you want to be? By taking it one small step at a time.
Instead of giving up or looking at all the work involved in getting there as an enormous mountain to climb, try this: try doing something, anything, each day that will bring you one step closer to getting what you want. Don’t think in absolutes, think baby steps.
You want to be be a photographer and travel the world? Plan a trip a year from now, and figure out how much you have to put aside each week to go there. And then spend 10 to 30 minutes each day working on your photography. Start small until you get into the routine of using the camera regularly; eventually it will become a habit.
By setting yourself a longer term goal (the trip a year away) and a short term challenge that you can do every day (using your camera), you’ll establish a pattern of DOING something that will bring you closer to where you want to be. And you’ll grow from there. That first photography trip will fuel the next one, and you’ll just keep going. And in time, you’ll be a photographer who travels the world. Have patience, but also have perseverance.
You can apply this to almost anything. Start by asking yourself what it is you really want. Once you figure that out, the rest depends on you. Long term goals, coupled with small, CONSISTENT efforts will take you there. Because the difference between where you are and where you want to be is what you DO.
There is no set formula for how to live your life. Write your own rules. Open your own doors. Start somewhere.
Go do something about it.