I find myself a little hesitant about using the word ‘dreams,’ even though I did use it in my book titled ‘Turn Dreams Into Reality’
When I think of dreams though, I sometimes have this image in my mind of a person sitting looking up at a cloud above their head with a wondering smile of hope for the image in the cloud…that often floats away, this I personally don’t think turns dreams into reality.
Action is what makes it a reality and my experience shows that ‘baby steps’ is what gets you there in the long run…pun intended.
Yes, we dream all the time and it broadens our imagination. Have you ever noticed that most of our dreams while we sleep are distorted or exaggerated and seem ridiculous? I am mostly entertained by my sleep dreams, but I’m not talking about those dreams. I’m talking about the goals and ambitions we hold for our lives (I prefer the word to goals, as it sounds more real to me).
I speak of achieving goals all the time. Why? Because I personally like to help others achieve (you included) and it’s a buzz when I see it happen or receive letters.
I enjoy seeing the growth in people reaching their goals too, as this doesn’t happen overnight or in an instant. Often the mistake too many people make is that they give up too soon.
If you don’t already know this about me, I survived a stroke when I was eight and was unable to walk or talk. Later in life I set a challenge to complete a marathon in 2013, only able to run 30 tentative steps in 2012. The challenge was 30 steps to a marathon in 11 months, which sounds a little crazy right? Even scary at first. But when I did it with the baby step method, it was achievable. Just as I made baby steps to learn to walk again way back when I was 8yrs old.
While the baby step method sounds self-explanatory, I’ll go into some further detail to make sure you understand the power behind it.
It’s making small achievable goals to get to your ridiculously huge goal. But I always say, the first step is self-belief. It is really important to believe you can, as you need to have a positive mind-set all the way.
Setting a time on a goal is important.
The next baby step for me was training for a 5.3km fun run in January 2013. This was the very first physical challenge for this big goal. I trained approximately 2 months for this.
I completed my first baby step goal, receiving my very first medal. It was a buzz, it gave me confidence to keep me going and enthusiastic about my next baby step.
Remember to celebrate after each baby step achievement.
My mind-set then was “Well if I can complete a 5.3km run, all I have to do is double that for my next goal”. This became my next baby step, getting me closer to my huge, marathon goal.
The next baby step had a few more challenges in between, I had to stretch out the time frame and I set it for May 2013 to run a 10km run. My challenges included injuries and a personal loss (my brother passed away in March 2013). This was a difficult time, but these challenges made me even more determined, and I achieved the 10km run with an ankle injury and determination to keep going for my brother.
Don’t ever let difficult challenges stop you from reaching your goals.
My next baby step was training for the half marathon challenge I set to run in August 2013, stepping closer to the BIG marathon goal. The half marathon was a tough baby step. But I had so many people cheering me on that made it even more of a reason to keep going that day. Find your reason WHY to keep you going! Again I was running with an injury that day, but I needed to focus my mind on the goal rather than the pain. Just as you will face struggle, pain, tough times, and maybe blood sweat tears on your journey to your BIG goal, but keep going the best you CAN.
Using the baby step method can give you much-needed confidence after achieving each step, to go further and keep going. Half the battle is simply not give up, with each step getting you closer to your big dreams that that seem ridiculously huge!
Guess what? I then trained from August to October to make it over the marathon line and achieve my huge goal.
Using baby steps, celebrating each step achieved and believing you CAN, will get you to your big dreams that seem ridiculously HUGE!
Ready! Set! Go!
We’d love your feedback. Have you found creating smaller goals is helpful for you to achieve your big goals? Let us know in the comments below.
In Nov 2012 she was only able to run 30 tentative steps. In Oct 2013 she ran a marathon, creating her own challenge and fundraising campaign.
Donna is a woman who takes a challenge and believes it is achievable when broken into ‘baby steps’ and having the right mindset. When booking Donna to speak she covers various topics with enthusiasm to encourage and inspire entrepreneurs, corporates and students, and has a strong following through her writing and adventure challenges.
Find her on Instagram @run_donna_run
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