I had a dream…

I had an idea last night. It started with me thinking about my future and what it is that I would like to achieve. It ended with me becoming the most ambitious I have ever been.

It was life changing.

I suddenly found myself with an idea and a goal. If I was a cartoon a lightbulb would have flashed above my head. I am not unique. Many others will have had similar ideas before me, and I can promise you will find hundreds of posts just like this one. I am not telling you something innovative.

Firstly, you need to avoid having unrealistic goals. If I was to say my goal is to live on the moon it is extremely likely that won’t ever happen and I will end up dissapointed.

However if you set yourself a realistic goal of course it will be achieveable. The obstacles in your way are just the reasons why you need to work hard to achieve said goal. All too often we come up with excuses as to why we cannot do certain things, it will take too long, it will cost too much, and the one that is most obvious to me…

It will require hard work!!

If I said I wanted to become the very best at what I do, you wouldn’t think that so unrealistic. Yet many do. Many will add that it will take work and effort, it will take money and time to get there. I say so what! If you really want it you should be willing to do whatever it takes to get it. So when I say I really want to become the best at what I do and that means I need to take a course which will take two years and cost me 20k, I do it. What I do not do is procrastinate and make excuses as to why I cannot do it, and I certainly do not accept that I am not willing to put in the time and money to obtain said goal.

It is simple really. As long as your goal is realistic go for it.

I realised that working hard now and being successful will allow you to enjoy the benefits in the future. If you would love to live abroad and spend your days scuba diving, but just cannot afford to at the moment, or if you want to travel the world but cannot as your daughter needs a good education and a stable environment then play the long game. If you make a success of your life now you will be able to retire at 45, then you can do as much scuba diving or travelling as you wish.

Just remember, it is also possible that you could spend the next 15–20 years of your life striving for success and early retirement so that you can go off and live under water, yet get there and realise it is not as fulfilling as you expected. The beauty of being successful is it will not matter. So what if you retire and spend 6 months doing something you thought you wanted then realised you actually do not care much for it? You can just pick something else because, the world will be your oyster.

Thanks for reading. Originally posted here.