I know how it goes. You have a full-time job that takes up most of your day, you have a family that demands your care and attention, you have a partner that you want to spend quality time with, you have a house full of chores to do, you need to find some time to exercise, and if you’re lucky, you get a little bit of ME TIME once in a long while to enjoy some down time for yourself. I know, because I have been there…many times.
How, then, you ask…do I find the time and energy to even begin thinking of working on a dream project, let alone carve out actual time and energy to complete it. Sometimes this question is the very thing that stops us in our tracks, and projects never get started and dreams never even get the opportunity to take flight.
Here are four ways that have helped me get through the challenging yet exciting transition of working on dream projects while balancing a full-time life. These strategies have allowed me to actualize many dream projects into reality and I am enjoying the blessings of living my dreams full-time. I hope these tips help you to do the same.
- Have tunnel vision on what you are trying to create: The only way to get shit done when you’re already so busy is to have absolute focus and dedication in the direction you are trying to move towards. There’s no wishy-washy-ness about it. The rest of the world may not know what you’re working on after the kids have gone to bed, but YOU know, and you think about it every chance you get. You are hooked on what you’re trying to make happen and you come back to your project day after day, night after night, even if you only get to work on it for 15 minutes at a time.
- Take care of yourself well: Dreams are for the long haul and you are going to need energy that will sustain you for a long time. Taking good care of yourself is not a luxury, but an essential necessity if you want to achieve anything worth doing. You will need physical stamina from exercise, you will need nourishment from healthy foods, you will need fuel from good sleep, and you will need refreshing energy from having fun, de-stressing, and enjoying love and connection from those around you. The more you take care of yourself, the more positive energy you have, and the more motivated you will be to keep working on dream projects at the end of a long day.
- Focus on the knowing that your dream project will serve someone: Whatever your dream project may be, if it’s something you are passionate about and something that gives you joy and inspiration, most likely it will also do the same for those who get to see and experience your dream project when you’re done. When you can remember that there will be people benefiting from the awesomeness of your project, you will be reignited to keep going! Your dream projects are bigger than yourself…it will carry a momentum and purpose beyond boundaries when you keep in mind of the people you will impact and serve.
- Learn discipline and consistency: Not my strongest suit, but I’ve had to learn how to sit myself down to work on my dream projects when friends are out enjoying drinks on a sunny patio or when my husband sits there watching TV. You must be willing to put in the work and to crank out results one day at a time until your project is complete. Each day that you work on your dream project is a day closer to you living the life of your dreams. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen when you put in the time, day after day.
Keep your vision in front of you everyday and be relentless about making it happen. Believe in yourself and your ability to get things done and work hard. Soon you will be enjoying the fruits of your labor and nothing will ever taste so good! Enjoy and celebrate your journey!
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