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5 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

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5 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

Staying focused on the path you need to follow to achieve your dreams is very crucial to be successful. When you stray from the track, your progress becomes slow, and your dreams seem more unachievable than ever. Without focus, the quality of your work suffers. Because you aren’t giving it your all, you are completing the task just for the sake of it.

“Why do you dwell on things that don’t matter when there are so many things that do?”

-Dennis Sharpe

How productive we are is also dependant upon how focused we are. There are many ways for our mind to be easily distracted, primarily because of our phones. Eventually, the quality of our work starts degrading which again becomes a cause for stress. When you feel mental burn-out, you need to find ways to deal with it.

Having discipline and staying focused is the leading quality to have to keep working without stopping towards our goals and dreams. If you have been losing focus and the drive to continue your work, then these are some excellent ways to stay focused on your dreams.

1. Keep reminding yourself of the big picture

5 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

No matter what it is, there is always going to be something we don’t like. Even if you have your dream job or business you are really passionate about, some part of it won’t excite you as much as the other parts of the work. Maybe you love your business, but hate answering emails, and whenever you have to do it, you lose your motivation to get back to other tasks.

“Having the big picture in mind enables us to overcome the day to day routines that attempt to distract us from pursuing our dream.”

-Assegid Habtewold

These mundane tasks make us lose our patience and focus. We don’t want to do them, but they are an essential part, so we have to. During tasks that make you feel like this, you have to think if you can do anything to change it. If no, then remind yourself of the big picture. Remind yourself that every little thing adds up to your efforts to fulfill your dream.

“If you spend your life over analyzing every encounter you will always see the tree, but never the forest.”

-Shannon L. Alder

If you have the resources to unload those tasks, then do it. Outsourcing is one of the best ways to focus on what you love and get the work that you don’t find interesting done by someone else. You have to figure out how you can get your work done more effectively by automating, outsourcing, and smart planning.

2. Remind yourself the reason why you started

5 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

Entrepreneurship needs patience. Any business needs patience. It isn’t easy to build anything from the ground up. When you start out, the reasons for you taking on your journey are fresh and clear in your mind.

“The most important thing is this: to sacrifice what you are now for what you can become tomorrow.”

-Shannon Alder

As the days pass, your mind gets more and more daunted with daily things that need to be done, short-term goals to be achieved, targets to be met, solutions for problems to be found, etc. While you are busy managing and micromanaging your business, it becomes easy to lose sight of the reason you began this thing in the first place.

It is important to keep reminding yourself of your main reasons for whatever you are doing – your vision, your mission statement, your inspiration, anything that made you take the first step. Otherwise, you will easily hit mental roadblocks that will stop you from succeeding, and you will deviate from your path.

This is why it is advised to prepare a document with your mission statement in the beginning and use it to refresh your memory time and time again. Your mission statement doesn’t have to be rigid, you can make changes over the course of time, but remember to keep the core goal same.

When you keep reminding yourself why achieving something is really important to you, it becomes difficult to lose focus. You start looking for ways to achieve your goals effectively.

3. Maintain a routine

5 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

One of the reasons for not being consistent and focused in your work is not following a routine. When you just wing your day, it is easier to get distracted and lose your focus. Knowing how much time to invest in doing what is important, and sticking to that schedule is what takes you a step closer to your dream every day.

“A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. The routine is exceptionally powerful.”

-Darren Hardy

Consistency is the key to success. Being consistent with your work, doing a little every day, is what helps you preserve your vision towards your goal. Procrastination and laziness can make you spiral down the unproductive path real quick. You have to be careful when a break turns into hours of nothingness. Quickly snap out of it and do something, anything that will make you feel productive.

“Over time, as the daily routines become second nature, discipline morphs into habit.”

-Twyla Tharp

Make a to-do list every night for the next day and follow it to the T. When you make a list the night before, it gives you the opportunity to start the next day with a plan. When you know what to do, it becomes difficult to lose track. Every night, recap your day and make notes as to what you did to reach your goal and what you still need to do.

4. Self impose deadlines, restrictions, and incentives

5 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

This might not seem effective at first glance, but if you are an entrepreneur and aren’t exactly answerable to anyone, you will soon understand the importance of deadlines. When you work at an organization, there is someone to look over the work you do. You work in teams, are dependent on each other and are answerable for slacking. All of these things, encourage you to work more and get your work done on time.

“Wasted strokes, like missed deadlines, are preventable and costly.”

-Lorii Myers

You have to use that aspect of a day job and apply it to your business and yourself. Set non-negotiable deadlines for the most important tasks. This will help you learn how to manage tasks effectively, how to multitask, and how to get a job done no matter what.

If just setting deadlines is still not helping you focus completely. Set strict restrictions on yourself. Do not allow yourself to deviate from the task at hand. If you have the urge to stop working and check your phone or play a game or listen to one song, stop yourself. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Tell yourself that you will be able to do whatever you want, guilt-free, when you get your work done.

“No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.”

-Booker T. Washington

Incentives or rewards are a great way to motivate yourself to finish the task at hand. When you have something to look forward to, it becomes easier to run the last mile. When you work on your business, the results aren’t often quick. No sight of results can dim your mood, and you can feel demotivated, everything can seem pointless. You have to avoid that feeling, and that can be done by setting rewards for yourself for completing a difficult task or achieving a small milestone.

5. Focus on yourself before you focus on your dreams

With everything mentioned, it is also important to take care of yourself. Self-care is neglected by many people under the pretense of being busy. Being busy is no reason to neglect yourself and your health. You do not have to follow an elaborate self-care routine. A little something every day is enough.

“Focus on you, until the focus is on you.”

-Anonymous

Try to incorporate meditation in your morning routine. Meditation has proven to have many benefits. You can also practice yoga every day. Meditation and yoga are both said to relieve stress and help create a positive mindset.  Exercise and eat healthy to keep your body in top shape to continue working.

A positive mindset is important for moving forward in your life, no matter what life throws at you. To achieve a positive mindset you need to focus on –

These are some of the key things to do to surround yourself with positivity. When your mind isn’t stressed and anxious, the weight of working becomes lighter on you. This is the healthy mental state you need to be in to apply yourself completely and maintain undeterred focus.

5 Excellent Ways to Stay Focused on Your Dreams

All of the ways that I have talked about are really important and helpful to stay focused on your dreams. I know these things work because I have tested them myself and have read the same being advised by many successful people.

When you start something, it is scary and difficult, but your dream keeps you going. As you progress, it becomes less scary but you also lose sight of your dream. Your end goal is something that you have to look at as a destination, like a light at the end of a dark tunnel, that will always help you find a path to reach there. Work like you are in the tunnel, only your dream is what you can see, and everything else is pitch black. It will help you remain focused in your most distracting times.





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7 Things to do When You Feel Burned Out

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Feeling burned out is getting as common as getting tired. Self-care has taken a back seat for a lot of people. As more and more people dream of becoming entrepreneurs, more and more cases of mental burn-out are surfacing. In trying to achieve the million-dollar dream, people not only forget about friends and families but also about themselves.

Even if you are super busy, it is very important to take out time for self-care. Apart from that, there are small changes you can make or things you can do in work and in life to relax and reduce the workload. It will help you get back on track with chasing your dreams without the stress.

“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

1. Automate what you can

Using technology takes off a huge amount of load off your shoulders. Small businesses need to understand the value of incorporating tech in their setup. It boosts the overall workflow of the establishment. Employees get more time to do actual work than do mundane, repetitive tasks. Most software and tools are a one-time investment. Learn what works the best for your company and implement it.

2. Outsource if possible

Outsourcing something that needs a lot of your time and attention is a good idea. Something like bookkeeping should be outsourced so that you can better manage your business. If you have the budget, this can take the extra burden off you. It’s okay if you can’t afford a full-time employee, there are many people who work on a freelance or contract basis. You can lessen your load by assign work to them from time to time.

3. Give yourself a pep talk

7 Things to do When You Feel Burned Out

“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.”

– Brian Andreas

How easily do we shush our dear ones down when they speak negatively about themselves. You need to do the same for yourself too. You might think it to be a futile task, and it might not seem like a big thing. But, talking to yourself in a positive manner every morning can change your whole stance. Instead of berating yourself, speak words of encouragement to yourself. Look in the mirror and remind yourself how strong you are, and how far you have come.

4. Make time for friends and family

As we move forward in our careers, more often than not, our relationships start taking a back seat. It is important to take a step back and evaluate the quality of our relationships. When you work hard, all you want to do is come home and fall asleep. You have to find time to make plans with friends and family. When times are tough, their support is what will help you stay afloat. If you are too tired, plan for something at home. The aim is to spend quality time with people who matter.

5. Indulge in a creative hobby

7 Things to do When You Feel Burned Out

Having a hobby is one of the most lucrative ways for your brain to relax. If your hobby is on the creative side then helps stimulate your brain more. It gives you a break from the business and logic that you deal with on a day to day basis. If you don’t have a creative hobby already, pick up one. Draw, paint, learn to play an instrument, anything that you have wanted to learn or do.

6. Note down 3 best things that happened in the day

Before going to bed, it is important to reflect on how your day fared. This helps to stay positive and feel better about the day. This also teaches you how to find silver linings on gloomy days. Gratitude journals have been becoming more popular because of this reason. It helps you be thankful for the good things. It’s easy to overlook the good in all the bad, so it is important to be aware of the positivity around you. This also helps you then plan to improve your days.

7. Consider going to a therapist

Visiting a therapist is still accompanied by stigma by many. But, sometimes it is the best you can do to help yourself. It doesn’t matter if you work a 9-to-5 or run your own business; the nature of work has become stressful in general. You have to understand that not all days are the same, and you won’t have the same level of productivity daily. On the days when the drive isn’t there even a bit, consider taking the day off, and if it gets really bad, therapy is the way to go.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

– Eleanor Brown

7 Things to do When You Feel Burned Out

As important it is to work hard and do everything you can to achieve your goals, it is equally important to keep yourself in the top shape to do so. Take a few moments out of your busy days daily, without fail. You will soon start noticing the positive change in your attitude towards things and your way of dealing with situations.

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What to Tell Yourself During Tough Times?

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Whether you want to believe it or not, tough times are bound to come in your life from time to time. It’s easy to go tumbling down the rabbit hole of despair, to blame yourself, to blame others, or to give up.

It’s easier for self-doubt to seep in and for negative thoughts to take the front seat.

“Why me?”

“This always happens with me.”

“This is how I am going to be always.”

“I won’t ever succeed.”

These are just some of the thoughts that take over our mind when tough times strike. Even if the difficult phase passes, sooner or later it reappears in another form. The sooner you accept that tough times are a part of life, the sooner you will learn to not be fazed by them.

Positive thoughts don’t appear magically in your head during times like these, you have to actively work towards getting that mindset. One thing that is going to get you through difficult patches of your life is a positive and healthy mindset. To achieve that mindspace, there are some things you need to remind yourself and keep working towards.

1. It will pass

tough times will pass

“This too shall pass. It might pass like a kidney stone. But it will pass.”


-Anonymous

I don’t know who said it but it makes real sense here. No matter what kind of time you are going through, it is going to pass. Even the most happening days don’t last so why will the tough time. When you make up your mind and convince yourself that this predicament you are in will be over in some time, it is easier to deal with.

A deadline, an end date have the power to drive us through life even when we don’t want to. So, putting a clock on your tough time is a good thing to begin with, you don’t have to know the exact date but just the thought of it being over soon is enough to get you into action.

2. This will make me stronger

tough times will pass

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.”

-Rita Mero

Tough times, negative experiences, glitches in plans, every unfavorable thing teaches you something and that something helps you become stronger. What do you think people mean by being a better version of yourself? It simply means learning from your mistakes and using those lessons to grow yourself as a person. It might not seem like that at the time but once it passes you will realize how it made you a better person.

“Hard times are like a washing machine, they twist, turn and knock us around, but in the end we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before.”


-Anonymous

3. Don’t stop – Small steps go a long way

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“If you are going through hell, keep going.”


-Winston Churchill

It is tempting to tuck yourself in your comfy blanket and never get out. When things got tough, this used to be my go-to solution. Just go to sleep and wake up when everything passes but things seldom work as we want them to. After I woke up, the problem that had me in a time like was still there, and albeit calm I was still at the same place as before. No solution, no steps taken to fight this thing.

Then I realized that while feeling safe and hiding inside a bubble might be my preference, it wasn’t going to sustain me in the long run. What I needed to do was find a way out. Once this sunk in, I started finding outrageous ways to get help or help myself out of a situation. Well, the ways, they weren’t exactly outrageous but you get my point. For example, there’s an exam tomorrow and you don’t even know the name of the textbook, and you decide that it is possible to learn a 1,000-page book in the just 8 hours.

While that might seem ideal, it is far from it. What it did to me was put me under a lot of stress. Finally, I understood it was about taking small steps, you didn’t have to win the world in a day, just a small something was enough and that is what helps you win the world one day. Just keep taking baby steps, don’t stop.

In the end, it all boils down to your determination to not stop and to not let whatever it is get the better of you. Your mind is the only thing that is going to drive you in situations you would rather not be, so the only thing you have to do, to build yourself up from the ground, is convince yourself that whatever it is, you can get through it without breaking, and it is going to benefit you, and you are going to win because as someone wise said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

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Don’t Give Up: Lesson From Famous Failures

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When nothing seems to be going in your favor, it is easy to just give up. It is easy to blame the situation, the whatever, than to keep going. There will always be thousands of reasons to give up, but what matters is that one reason to not.

When nothing seems to be going in your favor, it is easy to just give up. It is easy to blame the situation, the whatever, than to keep going. There will always be thousands of reasons to give up, but what matters is that one reason to not.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”


-Anonymous

Look at it as a bend in the road rather than a dead end. Giving up on your dreams means giving up on everything you have worked on up until that point, giving up on yourself. When you give up on yourself, who do you think is going to take a chance on you?

Just because you failed doesn’t mean you have to stop. It means you need to change your course of action and try again. Try again and again, you have to keep working. Failures teach you the lessons that you wouldn’t have otherwise learned. Think of them as a wise teacher you have been blessed with.

If you hadn’t failed in one thing, you wouldn’t have found out a more efficient way to do it, and wouldn’t have been better because of that.

When you give up, you might not have to face failures in that field again, but you end up failing big time. Let me tell you why, when you don’t work hard enough, try every hand at the game, you disappoint yourself. You can deal with others being disappointed in you, but when you are the one disappointed in yourself, it has the power to turn your life stagnant.

Popular proverbs from different cultures all point towards not giving and trying until you succeed.

“Try and try until you succeed.”


-English Proverb


“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”


-Japanese Proverb

When we were younger, most of us read the story, “Robert the Bruce and a Spider.” It is a perfect example of this proverb.

Robert the Bruce was the king of Scotland and was at war with the King of England. They fought six times, and finally, the army was scattered. The King was forced to hide among the mountains. One rainy day, while he was hiding in a cave listening to the rain, he saw a spider trying to throw her thread from one edge of the wall to the other. The thread fell short each time, it happened six times.

“Poor thing!” said Robert the Bruce. “You too, know what it’s like to fail six times in a row.”

But the spider didn’t lose hope. She threw her thread the seventh time, and this time she succeeded. Watching this, Robert the Bruce gained hope, he called his men and prepared to fight for the seventh time. This time they won the battle.

There are various versions of this story, like the spider climbing the wall and falling, or even the spider being replaced by an ant in the story. The moral remains the same. If you really want to achieve something, no matter how many times you fall, you have to get back up.

“If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are not doing anything innovative.”


-Woody Allen


The struggle stories of successful people are something that inspire others and give hope. I read a lot as you might have figured if you are a regular reader. How many times do you think popular authors or books were rejected?

When something is popular, the possibility of it ever being rejected doesn’t cross our minds. Do you know, a lot of popular books were rejected hundreds of times. Let’s talk about a few before we jump into a discussion.

  • Chicken Soup for the Soul faced 144 Rejections. This book eventually ended up becoming a bestseller, and then a series.
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig was rejected 121 times.
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, that sold over 30 million copies worldwide, was rejected 38 times.
  • Carrie by Stephen King was rejected 30 times.
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a book that sold millions and is revered by literature students, was rejected 21 times.
  • Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling, one of the highest selling books, was rejected 12 times.

What do you think is common among these authors?

Let’s take it a step ahead and look at people who failed in various stages of their life, and still managed to sail through.

  • Charles Darwin: dropped out of University twice, was considered a failure by his own father.
  • Albert Einstein: couldn’t speak until 4, failed an entrance exam, struggled to graduate from university, did poorly in his course.
  • Colonel Harland Sanders (Founder of KFC): worked lots of odd jobs, started a motel which was destroyed by fire, sold his business during the war and got divorced, another failed restaurant, and when at age 65 he set out to sell his franchised-chicken model, he was rejected by 1,009 restaurants before one agreed.
  • Oprah Winfrey: Lost one of her first jobs because she was “unfit for TV.”

“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”


-Oprah Winfrey

These are just a few stories that I have mentioned for you to understand where I am coming from. What do all of these people have in common? They did not give up. This many rejections can break anyone’s spirit, but if you believe in your work and yourself, and you can find it in yourself to keep going, chances are, you will see the result.

Why do you think their words mean so much to us now, may it be in the form of quotes, speeches, articles, books, interviews, why? We try to grab onto every piece of advice they have to offer. That is because they dared to do what many of us can’t or rather don’t do. They dared to get back up, no matter how many times they fell, no matter how hard they fell, they managed to turn the hurt into success.

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Rejections and Failures are part of life, the sooner you accept it, the sooner it will lose the power to destroy you.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”


-Winston Churchill



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