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3 Keys to Realizing Your Dreams and Goals

Your Dreams and Goals

When it comes to manifesting our dreams and accomplishing our goals, there are three vital components that deserve our attention. Before we get into that, ask yourself the following question:

Am I actively moving toward my goals and dreams every day?

Everybody has dreams and most people have goals. If you want your goals and dreams to become reality, you must move toward them consistently and purposefully. By nature, we always begin with distance between where we are and where we want to be. Our job is to narrow that distance until it no longer exists. To accomplish that, we need to draw our goals and dreams closer to us, while simultaneously moving toward them.

Some people attempt to attract their goals without taking much action. Others choose to act on their goals, but without the added advantage of also drawing those goals to them. Action alone can bring positive results, but it is much faster to combine the two techniques.

For the sake of clarity, let’s differentiate between dreams and wishful thinking. In some conversations, the two might be interchangeable. Not so in this case. When I talk about dreams, I am really talking about highly desirable goals, future realities that we fully intend to realize. For our purposes, a dream is something that we are willing to work toward, and are determined to manifest, just like a goal.

What kind of dreams and goals do you have?

When you project your thoughts into the future, how do you see things? Do you see a variety of positive changes across the full spectrum of your life? Do you see yourself healthier, wealthier, and wiser? Are you willing to move toward that vision in order to realize it?

If so, then this is really a highly desirable goal, and that is exactly the kind of dreams we are talking about today.

3 ways to move toward the realization of your dreams

1) Total clarity. Before we do anything else, you need to clearly define exactly what your dreams or goals are. This is not the time to deal in generalities; you need to be very specific. One of the best ways for you to get really clear is to write down a detailed description of exactly what you want to accomplish.

Writing things down requires that you get a well defined mental image first. The very process of putting your thoughts into words creates clarity. This clarity will help you form a vivid mental image that you can carry around with you 24 hours a day. Most of the time your personal reference to your goals and dreams will be that mental image, but you will also be able to refer back to the written description to help you maintain clarity.

One of the most powerful things you can include when writing down your goals and dreams is how they make you feel. The feelings you attach to the things you intend to accomplish are your greatest source of motivation and energy. So, be sure to include your feelings in your written description. Think carefully about each aspect of this future reality. How does it make you feel? What emotional anchors resonate with each detail? Write them down.

As you read back through your written description, allow yourself to experience those feelings and get emotionally involved in the picture. When you conjure up this mental image of how your life is going to be, fully experience it on an emotional level. This is the true power of having clearly defined goals and dreams, and identifying your emotional attachments to them.

2) Take action. Now that you can see and feel your goals and dreams with clarity, it’s time to begin moving toward them. What steps do you need to take to move you closer to realizing these dreams? What sequence do those steps need to be in to produce your intended result? What action can you take each and every day to keep you moving in the right direction? Once again, writing these things down will produce clarity. It is much easier to take action when you know what actions need to be taken.

Reaching your goals means that you need to take the proper actions at the right time. There is a natural sequence that will produce your intended result. Following the right sequence allows events to unfold in a very productive way. Always take time to create an action plan. Not only will it keep you moving in the right direction, but it will also allow you to anticipate what comes next.

Of course, we can’t anticipate everything, and we need to be willing to make adjustments along the way. That’s the beauty of having an action plan, it allows us to be flexible without getting too far off course. So, even though we will need to make minor adjustments, a plan keeps us heading in th  direction of your dreams until we reach them.

3) Attract your dreams to you. Now that you know exactly where you are going, how you feel about it, and how you are going to get there, what’s next? When we started out there was distance between you and the dreams and goals you are working toward. You have been actively closing that distance by moving toward your vision for the future. Now, it’s time to draw your dreams toward you.

How can you do that? It’s really just a matter of perspective. Up until now, you have been projecting yourself into this vision that exists in the future, but let’s reverse that. Instead of projecting yourself into a future reality, allow yourself to receive that reality in the present tense.

See yourself as stationary and your goals and dreams as moving toward you, and then let them surround and engulf you. Wrap yourself up in them like a giant blanket. Feel the joy of receiving that vision. Imagine how wonderful it feels to have the reality of that vision totally permeate your life right now. Feel your dreams realized in the here and now.

Here are a couple of examples:

*** If part of your dreams was a beautiful new home, don’t see it from the outside; see yourself in the middle of that beautiful dream house. See yourself living there, going about your daily activities, feeling completely at home and comfortable. See yourself as a full participant, not a spectator.

*** If you have been actively moving toward a new career, visualize yourself actually performing the duties of that career. Again, don’t see it from the outside as a spectator would. If your new career involves a desk, a computer, and a telephone, put yourself there. Look at the screen, answer the phone, lean back in that amazingly comfortable leather chair – participate!

Always harness the power of a 3 dimensional approach

By employing all three of these techniques, your dreams will become your realities much faster than you may have thought possible. Nothing in life is one-dimensional. The quicker you shorten the distance between where you are and where you want to be, the more empowered you become. This approach allows you to override the perceived limitations of time and space, and to more fully comprehend your own ability to manifest your dreams and goals.

What do you think about this approach?
Can you see yourself living your dreams?
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101 Comments

  1. Dandy February 4, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,
    You are so right! It does take action. We can’t just visualize what we want then go eat a sandwich. We still have to work and put energy into that manifestation. Your tips are right on! Thanks Jonathan!

    • Jonathan February 4, 2011 Reply

      Hi Dandy, the one point I think most people miss, including action takers, is to actually draw your dream toward you.

  2. Steve February 4, 2011 Reply

    Clarity, Action, and Visualization. Love those three dimensions! I’ve been reading, listening to, and reflecting on a lot of material relating to goals. Part of visualization is active faith: the more that we doubt or are ambivalent about our dreams, the more our subconscious will work against us. So it’s important to activate strong belief!

    • Jonathan February 4, 2011 Reply

      Hi Steve, that’s really the value of seeing yourself as stationary and your goal as something that is moving toward you. When we feel it in the here and now it becomes very real to us and consequently there is now room for doubt.

  3. Chris Akins February 4, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan,

    Awesome post. One tool I like to use in planning for success is the well-formed outcome of NLP. It encompasses all of the elements you discuss.

    Chris

    • Jonathan February 4, 2011 Reply

      Hey Chris, I totally agree and I also thoroughly enjoyed your article

  4. Shailender February 5, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    I would like to add one more step here. That’s “stay focused” never let distract yourself from your goal and keep working unless you achieve it.

    Sometimes we feel frustrated due to few failure or sometimes we become overconfident after getting early result. So we need to control these things as well.

  5. Rocket Bunny February 5, 2011 Reply

    Shailender reminds me of my mom. Keep focused and do not allow distractions.Of course she was mainly implying men. This past summer with the help of contractors I made my dream house come true. Now I am dealing with buyers remorse since the winter has been brutal.

  6. Jonathan February 5, 2011 Reply

    Hi Bunny, what a nice goal to manifest, congratulations! The winter would have been the same even if you lived your old house unless it was in a warmer place. So, how nice that you got to spend a rough winter in a house you love.

  7. Sibyl Chavis February 6, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan: Great post and thanks for passing along such helpful information. We all have dreams, but the question always is how do you really make those dreams a reality. I really appreciated the advice you gave of having specific images and envisioning yourself actually as a part of your dream and what you want and not just a spectator. That is great advice that I am going to immediately put to use. Thanks for passing it along.

    • Jonathan February 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi SIbyl, the tendency to see our dreams and goal in the future tense can inadvertently fix them in the future. Because we never learn to relate to them in the present they can easily remain just out of reach. That’s where the real power of visualization comes in. We can pull those future things into the present thus learning to experience them in the here and now. Doing so removes the limiting stigma of having a mental time stamp.

  8. Stuart February 7, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan, great read as always.

    I believe that every single action we take is by our own choosing. If we watch TV, we choose to do so, and if we work on ourselves, we choose to do so.

    So, following your goals and dreams is a matter of choice, no matter how hard it may be at times. If we keep making choices towards our highest potential, we’ll reach it.

    • Jonathan February 8, 2011 Reply

      Hi Stuart, it is true that every action involves choice, but many of those choices are either subconscious or involuntary. The goal is to make as many of those choices as possible consciously and that is a skill that takes time and effort to learn.

  9. Daisey February 8, 2011 Reply

    Well, Jonathan, today you hit a red alert button for me. When I was growing up years and years and ++ years ago the term goal was only used and understood in relation to a sports event, at least where I lived. The idea of a dream for my life was more the talk of the day. I wanted to be a missionary, a nurse, help people, period. The thought process of creating actual steps to get there, setting time frames etc., never really entered the picture. After high school I became a missionary and there ended dreaming about my future. I was where I wanted to be. It wasn’t till I left that life and became a”regular person”, as some friends called it, did I begin to hear and read about the term goal(s) meaning something way beyond anything to do with sports.
    Now many years later when major life changes and health issues have made me have to re-think about what I’m going to do with the rest of my life this concept of setting goals and all it entails keeps coming up. Just the other day I told a friend of mine that this whole goal setting thing seems so foreign, alien, to me that although I understand the written concept, I can;t seem to wrap my mind around it . Sometimes I wonder if it is do to my being highly creative and not doing so well with things be real structured. I do better with the space of freedom, allowing the ebb and flow of creativity to take shape. Sounds poetic and it can offer great possibilities when I’m doing something artistic, organize a fund raiser. But it doesn’t always translate well when trying to accomplish specific things I need to do to ultimately do what I now want to do.

    The way you presented it here, connecting a goal/dream to one’s deeper self, as if to experience it now, feel it now, imagine it as being a present experience, is a whole different way of understanding this than I’ve been exposed to before. There’s a lot to digest here. Hopefully my creative mind and spirit will be willing to bend to allow something concrete to come from this.

  10. Jonathan February 8, 2011 Reply

    Hi Daisey, very few people ever dial in to that third step where we use our minds to pull our goals and dreams into the present so we can experience them now. As proof of this, notice how most of the comments so far neglected that part of the article.

    The fact that our mind cannot tell the difference between a real world experience and a visualized experience is what makes this step so powerful. It is the only way know to jump the gap of time and space allowing us to pre-experience a reality we are trying to bring about. Amazingly, children do this naturally and with ease. When they role play in their imaginations the experience is very real to them. It’s a talent that gets conditioned out of us as the years go by.

    At the risk of sounding self promoting, you should consider reading my book TRUE SELF. It is all about “connecting a goal/dream to one’s deeper self.” I think you would really enjoy it.

    Also, structured goal setting can fully harmonize with our sense of creative freedom. The secret is in the order we do things. In reality, this can allow for amazing creativity to be expressed during each phase while still maintaining our focus. Like everything else, creativity flourishes when it is expressed within certain constructive guidelines.

  11. Harry February 8, 2011 Reply

    Great article.

    I wish the third point could be further explored. Is visualization what attracking your dream means?

    • Jonathan February 8, 2011 Reply

      Hi Harry, It is visualization ,but not the way you visualize something that is in the future. Instead, you visualize it as happening right now and you see yourself fully integrated into that vision (see the 2 *** examples in the article). When you place yourself in the picture it moves that vision into the present. Changing our reference to our vision fro future to present and then validating it by putting ourselves in the picture is how we attract our dreams to us.

  12. Marty February 10, 2011 Reply

    Just reading your blog today, I wrote down some of the processes to move toward my goals.
    Reading about attracting the dream, I realise that I am actully doing this. Imagining I’m actually in the house I want and living the day exactly as I wrote in the Mind Alchemy course.
    I just need to feel more confident with some concrete ways of starting a proper revenue stream. That is quite scary and I’m a little unsure how to start without going off too fast and at a tangent.

    • Jonathan February 14, 2011 Reply

      Hey Marty, that’s excellent that you are already dialed in to seeing yourself interacting in your visions. The income stream thing get’s even more complicated because so many people want to make your choices part of their income stream. Of course, that’s fine as long as the guidance is genuinely beneficial.

  13. Timo Kiander February 10, 2011 Reply

    Great stuff!

    I am happy that I found your blog through BlogCastFM :)

    You know, I just came to realize that there is also a special kind of action that can make your path to your goal faster – it’s inspired action.

    Even if you know that there is much of stuff to be done before you can reach your goal, you do it anyway and you are truly excited to do whatever it takes to get there.

    I guess it all comes down to a fact, that once you have a compelling goal and you have found your passion, the inspiring part comes as part of the action as a bonus :)

    • Jonathan February 14, 2011 Reply

      Hey Timo, when our actions feel like they are bringing us closer to our goals it actually creates energy in the form of excitement and eager anticipation. That’s a nice ride to be on, for sure!

  14. Sandra February 18, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan,
    My dream is to relax and enjoy the view as captured in the photo that sits at the top of this article! I love the idea of creating a clear mental image that I carry with me 24 hours a day. Great tip. I think we often fail because we let our dreams fade in and out.

    • Jonathan February 21, 2011 Reply

      Hi Sandra, we live in a system with so many distractions that maintaining consistent focus in any area is challenging. Worse yet, many abandon their dreams in the name of so called reality.

  15. John February 19, 2011 Reply

    Each one of us I belief has a goal or a dream . If it’s in our hearts and minds to achieve something then I think all it takes is true determination. The 3 steps are definitely helpful.

    • Jonathan February 21, 2011 Reply

      Hey John, another expression of determination is persistence!

  16. James February 19, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan, Great Post. I totally agree with you. I see too many people who are just passively trying to get what they want, and don’t really take the action they need, or spend time visualizing what they really want.

    I like the 3d approach. Hadn’t thought of that. thanks for sharing.

    • Jonathan February 21, 2011 Reply

      Hi James, so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for joining the conversation!

  17. Jo February 22, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,
    I came across your blog by accident and what a great accident it was! Your article is so rich and the tips are real and easy to apply. I think the challenges I and perhaps a few others experience sometimes are consistency and perseverance. It is always too easy to give up if the expected results are not manifesting quickly enough for us. Everything has a gestation period and although you have given us brilliant ideas of how to shorten that period, perseverance is important.

    Thanks you very much for such brilliance.
    Jo

    • Jonathan February 22, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Jo and welcome to Advanced Life Skills. I am really pleased that you found this article useful, and yes, perseverance is extremely important.

  18. David February 23, 2011 Reply

    An exercise I like to do is backwards thinking. For example, I imagine myself in the future (when I have accomplished my goal) and imagine what I “did” day in and day out to get there. Thanks for the article. I enjoyed it!

    • Jonathan February 27, 2011 Reply

      Hey David, that’s the best way to identify the short term goals that make up the stepping stones leading to the accomplishment of that vision. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Sandra February 23, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan,

    This article reminds me how much we need to invest time into our goals. We can’t think they are just going to happen by accident! I especially resonated with the first point, “…we need to clearly define exactly what our dream or goal is.” Thanks for this important reminder.

    • Jonathan February 27, 2011 Reply

      So true Sandra, we’ll never get there if we don’t know exactly where we are going.

  20. Chris February 27, 2011 Reply

    I like the fact you referred to these steps as a dimensional approach. As I read that phrase, it reminds me it’s not a flat, step-by-step process… it’s a living, breathing 3 dimensional world where I can move forward, back, up, down and through.

    I think of this dimensional process and feel a sense of fun and adventure!

    • Jonathan February 27, 2011 Reply

      Hi Chris, thanks for bring out the contrast between a flat approach and one with real dimension. There is freedom in a three dimensional world that doesn’t exist on a flat plane.

  21. Me February 27, 2011 Reply

    The “Take Action” step is always the most difficult. The idea of putting together a clear vision of your goal is definitely the first step though. Some people take action, but they take action haphazardly or without a plan and when it inevitably backfires they lose hope. It’s really sad to see someone whose plan/vision is only half-cocked but that person goes into their project with 100% enthusiasm. It’s difficult to fail and just bounce back, so clarity enables you to do it and get to your goal the first time around. Thanks.

    • Jonathan February 28, 2011 Reply

      Hey LO, well said. The opposite can also be true. We can over analyze our plan and get stuck in the thinking phase. The thing about action is that it always provides valuable feedback. So it’s often important to adjust our actions and plan along the way.

  22. Joey March 8, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan

    Great information. I totally agree that in order to achieve our goals or dreams, we need to take action. Most of the times, taking action is the tough part. Motivation to get started or distractions can be the obstacle. Even if we want to act, sometimes, we do not know what to do or what first step to take.

    Usually, the journey can be quite long and distractions can easily sway us away from our dreams. It is good to have constant reminders to ourselves on our mission to realize our dreams.

    In order to succeed, I believe we need to have a strong “want” to realize the dream. This “want” drives the motivation to persevere.

    Thanks for the detailed tips and I am feeling motivated in working harder towards my dream.

    • Jonathan March 9, 2011 Reply

      Hi Joey, yes, distractions, lack of motivation, obstacles, and lack of direction can all be challenging. That’s why I always stress the importance of developing the needed advanced life skills. The more skills we have in these areas, the better equipped we are to meet those challenges successfully.

  23. Justin March 13, 2011 Reply

    The final step is always action. I think many people got carried away with the law of attraction stuff. Just think about it and focus on it and it will fall on your lap. The method that you describe in your post is the most realistic way to achieve your goals. I have experimented with many different techniques, and vision, action, law of attraction works best.

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Hey Justin, it amazing how the most obvious step ACTION is the one that gets skipped. Basically everything boils down to action and reaction. Leave the action out of the equation and nothing happens, doesn’t matter how hard you concentrate.

  24. C.S. Hughes March 22, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan, I just found your blog. This is great stuff man. I love your vibe and the content. I’ve been blogging for about 8 months. Still a baby, but having fun. Drop by and say hi and keep up the great work. You’re doing a good thing.

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Nice site Chris, I relate to your perspective (the mental shower video made a good point). Thanks for joining in on the conversation!

  25. Kuya Otep March 23, 2011 Reply

    Hi, there!

    Great post.

    For me, the ability in achieving a goal is to have a proper actions limiting your choices of activities that don’t really contribute to your success. In this way, you can fully focus your attention towards your goals and avoid unrelated efforts that might change the course of your actions. Thanks for sharing this inspiring contribution. Just keep it up! God bless!

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Kuya, indeed, having priorities is absolutely essential when it comes to accomplishing our goals. That’s the only way to manage our focus.

  26. Eric March 24, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan

    I wrote a blog post a while back in my Professional Diversification blog about goal setting. I touched on techniques to get people thinking about what their goals were, but I forgot some very important pieces of the puzzle. I forgot to mention how we go about accomplishing our goals, which I think you’ve done an excellent job of outlining for all of us in your blog post. I think the most noteworthy piece of advice you’ve given us here is to create an action plan, because what are goals if you don’t know how to reach them or let alone try.

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to use this post as fuel for writing a follow up to my goal setting post. And if you have time, check out my blog post on goal setting and let me know if you have any suggestions.
    Thanks,
    Eric

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Eric, your comment about an action plan reminded me of a saying that we all do well to keep in mind when it comes to our actions. It goes like this: Never confuse activity with productivity. That’s where a plan really helps.

  27. Audrey Mora March 28, 2011 Reply

    Very True! To be able to reach your dreams and goals, determination and perseverance in doing the necessary action is a must.

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Audrey, so many people give up just before they reach their goals because they haven’t developed those two important qualities. Yes, for success to be realized determination and perseverance are a must.

  28. Debbie April 3, 2011 Reply

    Great post Jonathan. By writing those dreams and goals down, taking action and visualizing them it gives us faith that anything is possible with the right attitude. Seeing and believing with the right map written out will make those dreams become reality. thank you for the wonderful reminder.
    Debbie

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Debbie, it’s easy to discount the value of writing thing down, but as you brought out, it is a very powerful step.

  29. Marty April 6, 2011 Reply

    This is an excellent guide. I think it is useful to re-visit goals. I, at times don’t feel I go back to what I have written on this enough.
    Methinks I’ll take a look today.

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Marty, there is tremendous value in revisiting our goals. It allows us to analyze how well our current approach is working and make any necessary adjustments. Working toward the accomplishment of a goal is a learning experience. When we take the time to reevaluate our progress it provides an opportunity to incorporate that new knowledge into our plan.

  30. Andrew April 6, 2011 Reply

    The part about taking action strikes a chord with me, as this is where a lot of us fall down unfortunately (me included).

    I’ve heard it said before that if you want a drink of water, you don’t just visualize drinking the water… you go ahead, pick up the glass and drink from it. This analogy is so simple but so powerful, and has spurred me on to take action many times.

    • Jonathan April 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Andrew, sometimes we can get stalled because we over analyze things and postpone taking action. When I catch myself doing that I think Ready, Fire, Aim. Then I am forced to just go ahead an act which gets the ball rolling.

  31. Amy April 12, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    What a great post. I’ve heard lots about visioning and being clear about what you want, but I’ve never thought about a goal moving toward me, rather than the other way around. It is so powerful! You have just shifted my thinking–thank you! :)

    • Jonathan April 12, 2011 Reply

      Hi Amy, so glad this was useful for you. When we make our dreams and goals three dimensional it changes everything. They become so much more life like and as a result we can relate to them as more of a reality.

  32. Lee April 18, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan. Very well written post. I always thought that one of the most important parts of goal-setting is the process itself should make you COME ALIVE. Thanks!

  33. Lenai Stewart May 8, 2011 Reply

    See yourself as stationary and your goal as something that moves toward you, and then surrounds and engulfs you. Wrap yourself up in it like a giant blanket.

    When I read the above in your post it reminded me of some wise words that were given to me.. “If you don’t make what you want a lifestyle’, your vision has nothing to attach to” It’s very similar to planting seeds of your desires and sowing that field until each mature.. Without your seeds out there how would the people,places and things that show up going to find you… And when you think about that way, you would then lose the daydream effect,and begin to plant seeds daily, and the more you plant the more receipt… when I learned this concept I got so excited and have been on a roll ever since.. The mindset is to put more value on your present, what is is and what isn’t isn’t …Awesome post thank you for sharing… Much success to you…

    • Jonathan May 24, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Lenai, I like you “seeds” analogy because in life we never know when or how those seeds will sprout, but sooner or later they will. Another way to illustrate the same point is: You never know through which door success will enter. Your job is to keep opening doors and expecting great things to happen!

  34. Daniel May 11, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    I really like that you set clarity as the first point. If you don’t know what you want and what is success to you, you cannot start moving towards it.

    Before we take action though I think you should spend some time making a thorough plan. I learnt a technique from Brian Tracy a few years back called “the master plan”.

    You basically project forward to your goal and describe it as thoroughly as you can on paper.

    Then you project to three months before the goal and describe what needs to happen during those three months in order to meet your goal.

    You keep going back 3 months at a time until you reach today.

    It has really helped me both focus on my goal, get clarity, know what actions to take and attract the goal to me.

    • Jonathan May 24, 2011 Reply

      Great suggestion Daniel, I outline a similar process in great detail in my book TRUE SELF. We can’t plan every detail of course, but we can be very clear about our direction while allowing room for minor adjustments along the way.

  35. Marco Lee May 13, 2011 Reply

    I know some people who gave up on their dreams just because they think that they are not moving towards the goal that they are attaining to have. I haven’t. Persistence could be a key and those small steps are all that we need to realize that, we are getting there.

    p.s. Am I moving towards my goal everyday? What actions am I taking? Gotta remind myself of these always. :)

    • Jonathan May 24, 2011 Reply

      Excellent point Marco, all other things being equal, persistence wins the day.

  36. Jason May 13, 2011 Reply

    Good post and you are so right Jonathan. I have some problems on taking actions but I’m working on that :)

    thanks

    • Jonathan May 24, 2011 Reply

      Hi Jason, try breaking up your action steps into very small, easy to accomplish, baby steps. This will help you develop the action habit and build some momentum.

  37. Edmund May 23, 2011 Reply

    Hey Jonathan,

    Nice post! You have presented a lot of valid pointers to help us realize our goals and dreams. A good way for us to stay focused is by getting images of what we want to achieve and paste it everywhere that our eyes can see. Some good places would be our bathroom mirror, our bedroom, fridge, our office or work desk and so on.

    Regards,
    Edmund

    • Jonathan May 24, 2011 Reply

      Important point Edmund, we need those visual reminders to keep our dreams and goals alive in our minds eye.

  38. Matt Maresca May 23, 2011 Reply

    I think gaining clarity is the best tip on here. We all know it takes action, but if you don’t have true clarity of your dreams how do you know what actions to take?

    • Jonathan May 24, 2011 Reply

      So right Matt, all the points are important, but clarity helps keep everything focused and unified.

  39. Dave June 1, 2011 Reply

    I like the fact that your approach has 3 different dimensions to it, as you say–nothing in life is one dimensional. Getting clarity is such an important step, too. I especially like your advice to write down the dreams or goals you want, getting things down on paper helps you to see them from a completely different perspective, it’s such a useful technique.

    • Jonathan June 2, 2011 Reply

      Thanks Dave, glad you liked it. I thing the third point was a bit of a surprise for some, but they are all important.

  40. Sibyl June 1, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan:
    Great article and I really like the 3 dimensional approach and summary you provided. I genuinely believe in it and I think the explanations you provided around each of the 3 things we need to do were really helpful. I also really appreciated what you said about taking action. We can’t just sit around and dream and think things will just fall into our lap.

    • Jonathan June 2, 2011 Reply

      Hi Sibyl, certainly, without action it’s all just wishful thinking. Sometimes when I feel perplexed, I just start doing something that will get me moving in the right direction. It’s amazing how things will unfold once we begin to act.

  41. Salinya June 3, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan! I truly appreciate this 3-steps to reach your dreams. It basically tells everyone to know what we want and to do something about it. Many seem to keep on thinking of how they wish their life was better, or their house was bigger, or their job paid better – but they do not seem to do anything about it. They passively wait for the world to change for their benefit – which often does not happen. I think the most difficult part is actually knowing what you want, since having total clarity, void of emotions, is difficult. For me, I try to use meditation and mindfulness. With mindfulness, I am able to visualize what I truly want, without keeping myself from dreaming of what is possible in reality. By meditating, I am able to identify steps that will help me achieve my goal, thereby enabling me to work on them step by step. I think that what everyone needs is simply to know what we want and then do something about it. Success is hard work, and is well earned that way.

    • Jonathan June 7, 2011 Reply

      Hi Salinya, there is no reason to think that clarity should be devoid of emotions. Actually, the exact opposite is true. Emotion and passion are the driving force behind motivation. The thing is, you don’t want to make an emotionally based decision that overshadows logic, but you do want to be emotionally invested in your goal.

  42. Suzie Cheel June 7, 2011 Reply

    Love “Draw your dream towards you,” I know that not getting clarity can be a stumbling block for many and how true without action nothing changes.

    • Jonathan June 7, 2011 Reply

      Thanks Suzie, each step plays a part, so it is worth our time to work on all three.

  43. Larry Lewis June 7, 2011 Reply

    What is it Tony Robbins says? Don’t leave the site of setting a goal without immediately taking action. Your question at the very start “Am I actively moving in the direction of my goals and dreams each and every day?” is in my eyes the absolute key to manifesting your dreams. Every single day some of your actions have to be focused on your dreams. Taking one small step every day means you are always moving forward towards your goals. Great Post!

    • Jonathan June 7, 2011 Reply

      Hey Larry, let’s face it, goals that aren’t followed by action aren’t really goals at all – they are just wishful thinking.

  44. Jayne June 7, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan, you are so right, using attraction and action works best.

    Out of all of your suggestions (I agree with all of them) I cannot stress enough the importance of an action plan.

    I found for years without one, while making progress, it was far too easy to get off course and waste time on non-producing activities.

    Wonderful, common sense advice.

    Thanks ~Jayne

    • Jonathan June 21, 2011 Reply

      So right Jayne, goals and dreams that aren’t backed up by action are nothing more than wishful thinking. On the other hand, action without a plan can miss the mark by a mile and end up being nothing more than a waste of time and energy.

  45. Kara June 20, 2011 Reply

    Great article Jonathan! I think the whole process requires a lot of energy. If we really want it, we must do everything we can to reach our goal. Thank you for this post. I am sure it will help each of us!

  46. Chet July 24, 2011 Reply

    Great article Jonathan~!

    I think it’s easy to have a dream but achieving your dream is what sets boys and men apart. The bottom line is you need to take action. Your dream will not come true if you just DREAM. I have done enough the dream part, time to make it happen.

  47. Melvin July 26, 2011 Reply

    It really is an effective way to be clear with your dreams and goals first. After you have identified your dreams and goals, whether those were short-term or long-term, simple or big, you need to act on it. You can’t achieve it with out working hard to your goals.

    Thanks for point this things. I love this article.

  48. Daniel April 3, 2012 Reply

    Really awesome post.

    Reading about attracting the dream, I realise that I am actully doing this. Imagining I’m actually in the house I want and living the day exactly as I wrote in the Mind Alchemy course.

    Thanks for sharing.

  49. Sankaracharya DS May 21, 2012 Reply

    Hey Jonathan

    your article was really good. Really appreciable research work done on the topic…..
    I would like to add another key factor essential for accomplishing one’s goal…. that is TRUTHFULNESS. Being true to oneself really helps because one can’t hide a thing from himself. OPTIMISM, PATIENCE, SELF CONFIDENCE, are to be cultivated to suceed in ones life..

  50. R June 10, 2012 Reply

    Nice, but what if you have no goals or dreams? What if it never occurred to you that you are supposed to “dream”?

    • Jonathan June 13, 2012 Reply

      Hi R, chances are you have them, but you just aren’t conscious of them.

  51. arabalar June 17, 2012 Reply

    Great article Jonathan! I think the whole process requires a lot of energy. If we really want it, we must do everything we can to reach our goal. Thank you for this post. I am sure it will help each of us!

  52. J. G. December 6, 2012 Reply

    What if you have no dreams or goals? You have no direction nothing to strive for, and you are stuck doing the same thing day in and day out?

    • Jonathan December 8, 2012 Reply

      Hi J.G., many have lost touch with their dreams and passions because they have been swallowed up by the mundane aspects of surviving, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. The challenge begins with accepting the idea that dreams and passions are not valueless fantasies and that they can (and should) play a important role in our daily life. Once we see the value of such thinking we can begin a journey of self-discovery to reconnect to our dreams and passions in a constructive and invigorating way.

  53. Onder July 4, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the great article John,
    The thing you said about making your dreams a reality is actually the most important thing of all the things you mentioned.

    I say that because when I think of something long enough, I get obsessed and naturally start to do things that push me towards those goals.

    My obsession a few years ago was to get great at Salsa. And all I ever did was watch videos of people dancing, and reading websites about it. Eventually I started looking up local events in the area and started to take classes. It was all a natural progression.

    I think that’s why many motivational speakers and coaches recommend to keep a vision board because it constantly reminds you of your dreams and is the first thing you see when sitting in front of your computer ready for the day ahead.

    Keep up with the great work.

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