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Imagine yourself having a sports car, a nice house and a good job. Having all the freedoms in the world with no financial burdens and no limitations. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. Although we can’t get literally everything in life, it is certainly possible to aim high, dream big, and achieve a lot. You won’t achieve your dreams through a wishful thinking like a fairy godmother suddenly appeared out of nowhere and will grant your wishes right away, you can only achieve it through yourself on how you act, form a clear plan and being committed on it. Here are 7 simple steps on how to achieve what you want in life.

1. Know what you want in life. Ask yourself what it is that you most desire and write it down as they come. Regardless if it’s a material objects, goals, achievements, or feelings. Be specific in stating it, for example instead of writing “I want to have lots of money” is a start, but “I want to be financially secure and retire by age 50” is more specific and better.

     Now, review the list of what you wrote down and reassess it. Focus on what is most important and achievable for you. What is on the top of your list? Is it your desire for financial security and to retire early really what you want most out of life? Think about if it’s really doable and ask yourself if you can achieve it or you’re just simply setting yourself up for failure? Try to be realistic and open-minded. Don’t embark on an overly ambitious dream if you doubt that it can be done.

2. Set a goal. Setting a goal will make you focus to your ambitions, know your purpose, and help you aware of possible challenges. For instance, where and how you picture your life in the future? What things do you want to do and what lifestyle do you expect? Write it down again and be as specific as possible. “I want to retire at 50” is not as specific and achievable as a goal as saying “I want to be debt-free, own my dream home, and retire at 50.”

3. Make a plan and  take action. Make a plan on how you can get there and achieve your goals. Examine and know what sort of job you will need and how much you need to save every month. Consider breaking up your ambition into smaller parts. This will make the plan less daunting and help to keep you motivated, working toward smaller, incremental goals. Be specific again about timelines and what you want to achieve within a given time.

     Put the plan into action. Taking action is the most important step in achieving what you want in life. Seek expert help and consult with people who can help you, find resources, and start to work. It is all up to you now. For example, if you’re interested in getting in shape, talk to a personal trainer who can help you in shape. If your goal is financial, talk to a financial adviser. Most importantly, you need to be proactive and do everything you can no matter what.

4. Develop willpower. Willpower is the ability to exert your will, what you want and desire, over your actions. Will is the fire that burns inside you and it’s a degree of self control and how you get it depends on yourself. You do not let obstacles get in the way of your goal. Stay focus and do not be distracted by small things like going to the gym even when you feel like sleeping in or by doing an extra hour of work while your favorite show is on.

5. Track your progress and celebrate little wins. In order to start tracking your progress is to take a step back and look at the big picture. Recognizing how far you have come is important to carrying out your plan and to staying motivated. You may find that your plan needs to be changed. Maybe your original goal was too ambitious. A house, insurance, and a family cost more than you ever planned and might mean that an early retirement is impractical. Progress is also a very powerful motivator. By seeing how far you have moved toward a short-term or long-term goal, you will normally get a mental boost.

     As you track your progress, take pride in passing all the milestones. Celebrate when you meet short-term or long-term goals and you should find yourself refreshed and re-energized. Recognize what you have accomplished by pausing, reflecting, and treating yourself. These small wins show progress. They show you moving slowly but steadily toward your desire, which will help you to stay focused on the long-term.

6. Identify the challenges as they arise. Be aware of any challenges that you will face as you go along. Try to get to the bottom of any issues and find out what is the cause of it. Be honest with yourself. Say that you have not been saving enough. Is it an income issue – are you not making enough money? Or are you spending too much? Maybe it is an issue of time, and you need to put in more hours. Resolve what it takes to accomplish your goals. If you are facing a major obstacle, re-evaluate your plan and try to adjust. Some things are beyond our control. You may face illness, job trouble, or family issues that hamper your long-term vision. Focus instead on what you can control.

7. Be adaptable and learn from failures. First of all, don’t panic. Failure may be difficult but it is not the end of the world. It is important to be flexible and to adjust accordingly. Adaptable people are able to take control, find alternatives, and to move past setbacks. Keeping a backup plan is a good idea. Remember that there are 26 letters in the alphabet. If plan A didn’t work, there is always a plan B or C and etc.

     Learn from failures and charge it to your experience. You need to adjust yourself from it and continue to grow. Assess what went wrong and restart planning again. Move forward and make sure not to repeat the same errors or to anticipate the same problems. Life doesn’t judge you when you failed but rather will judge you on how you stand again from being failed.

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