Planning and achieving your dreams
Do you know what you want to do in life? Do you have faith in yourself to pick a dream and go for it?
Everyone can daydream, but if you can actually visualise yourself achieving or becoming something you are more likely to make that dream become reality. Making a plan, sticking to it and bouncing back to reach your goal takes a lot of hard work and effort. This page is here to help you think about how you can make a plan and start making your dreams come true.
What are you dreaming of?
You might already have some idea of what you want from your life, such as the job you want to do or the person you want to be. But it’s really worthwhile spending some time considering this as more than just a daydream. Here are some questions it’s worth asking yourself:
- What kind of job will bring you satisfaction?
- What makes you feel happy or proud of yourself?
- What are you good at?
- What do you love doing?
Make your move
Get informed about what’s involved
We often talk about dreams coming true. But there is no magic wand to make that happen. Dreams have more chance of coming true when you plot a realistic course to achieve them. The first thing you need is to find out what is involved. Find out where the ‘ladders’ of opportunity are to reach your goals and what the ‘snakes’ are that may threaten your chances.
How could you research your goals and find out more about what you need to do to make them happen?
Get some help
Chat to a parent, teacher or older friend who can help you plan what you may need to do to achieve your dream and start some moves straight away!
Think about anyone you know who seems to have achieved their dream. If you ask them how they made their dreams come true, they will probably tell you they had a lot of help along the way. That’s why speeches at award ceremonies are always so long: there are so many people to thank!
Asking for help may seem daunting. You may be afraid of other people thinking you aren’t able to manage for yourself or that you’re weak. Sometimes you may feel there’s no one who can help. But things are a lot easier when you know someone has your back, especially if that person has some experience of what you’re trying to do. So take a deep breath, swallow that pride, make a list of people who might be good to talk to and start sharing your plans.
Stay positive, keep your options open and don’t rely on luck
We’re used to people being called heroes for doing something extraordinary in a difficult situation and we’re used to seeing people winning reality TV competitions, but a lot of these circumstances rely on a huge degree of luck – luck on top of hard work behind the scenes is less exciting to talk about!
The best thing to do is to try to make your own ‘luck’ by practising the thing that you really want to do, telling other people how much you want to do more and finding out what other skills you might need to move forward. Good luck does not usually happen by accident.
There is more than one way to achieve your dream, so keep different options open and always consider what other possibilities and opportunities might be available. The more different ways you can think of to get to where you want to be, then the more likely you are to get there.
There’s no such thing as failure
Remember, every time you take a step towards your dreams and find your path blocked, it is not a failure but an opportunity to learn something. Maybe this pathway is blocked now, but it may not be in a few weeks’ time. Maybe you need to practise more. Maybe you need to take a different path. Whatever the setback, you can learn from it; don’t let setbacks stop you.
- Take a look at what happened. Maybe use your journal or notebook to write it down.
- Think about how you can do it differently next time.
- Who might be able to help you get past the challenges?
Then take what you’ve learnt and bounce back. You know you can do it!