2. Understand Your Why
Know why your dream excites and inspires you. Is it because you want to fulfill your childhood dream of writing a novel? You want to leave a legacy of community leadership? Or maybe you’re recently inspired by someone else’s dream achievement! Whatever it is, focusing on your why will make it easier to work toward your purpose, despite whatever the naysayers have to say about it.
3. Silence Your Inner Naysayer
Sometimes your worst critic isn’t a friend or family member — it’s yourself. Your “inner naysayer” is that little voice in your head that questions if you can really accomplish your big dream. But don’t listen to that internal critic! Keep that negative voice at bay with positive affirmations, celebrating every little win or milestone and continue to look towards the future to keep going!
4. Take Action
Listening to other people’s opinions can prevent you from taking action to propel you forward in achieving our dreams. When you make the commitment to take actionable strides towards your goals every day, even if it’s just making a phone call or connecting with someone who might support your dream, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ll get. As long as you know you’re moving forward with your dream, naysayers can’t get in the way of your progress.
5. Plan for Resistance
Even the most determined people run into obstacles along the way to success —that shouldn’t mean your pursuit isn’t worth your time or energy! Know that roadblocks are inevitable. Just do what you can to plan ahead and move through them one day at a time. When you’re prepared for this kind of resistance, it’s easier to keep moving forward.
6. Connect with People You Trust
Everyone needs support to reach success. Surround yourself with people who are going after their dreams, overcoming their fears and developing their talents. Talk to a supportive friend or a professional who will give you positive feedback and constructive observations, both of which are essential to reaching your goals. Find coworkers and mentors who encourage your work or join an entrepreneurial organization where you can meet other like-minded people. When you begin to hear the naysayers, turn to these trusted people to remind you why pursuing your goals is important so you can get back in the game.
7. Stay Focused
Listening to naysayers is a distraction from reaching your goals. Stay focused on what you’re working on without getting sidetracked by other people’s opinions. One big tip for staying zeroed in on your dream is to carve out focus time for your dreams into your calendar. Even 30 minutes of head-down work on your dream can make a big difference!
8. Celebrate Along the Way
Even if you haven’t fully achieved your goal yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your successes! Keep track of your progress and acknowledge your small victories, even if they seem minor to other people. Whether it’s celebrating with your favorite meal, gathering with supportive friends or family or taking a well-earned break, embracing the small wins along the way can make the final result feel that much sweeter