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8 Habits That Can Help You Get Closer To Your Dreams

8 Habits That Can Help You Get Closer To Your Dreams

We all have dreams. Dreams make us appreciate existence and strive for more. Once we achieve certain dreams, they become reality, they become like every other day, they lose their magic. We start to chase new dreams — we need to chase new dreams over and over again. We need to have goals in life, to move forward and to have something valuable to strive toward.

What do you do to make your dreams reality? There is no overnight success, you have to work hard and be disciplined. Step-by-step, you will reach your dreams if you really want to. These 8 little habits will help you with the chase, taking you one step closer, day by day.

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1. Set goals

Dreams are dreams, but to make them real you need tangible goals. Set up goals and stick to them. These don’t have to be revolutionary or game-changing goals, even small goals help you to get closer to your final dream. Let them be milestones you need to accomplish over a certain time. Once you do accomplish a goal, set a new one until your mission is complete and you start to chase a new dream.

2. Take action every day

Whatever your dream might be, act on it every day. If your dream is to be a professional football player, then practice every day. If you want to be a guitarist, play every day. If you want to be a writer, you should write every day. All dreams demand passion and hard work. You will gradually get better and better at what you do, and you will come closer to your dream without even realizing it.

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3. Schedule time to focus

Block time for your dreams and goals. Don’t let others steal this scheduled time — protect it. Set it aside and use it to meet your goals and work on your dreams. You need focus and discipline — every time you get distracted, you fall behind and have to start over. Practice extreme focus during this time. Turn off all other distractions.

4. Read and listen

Read books, blogs, and articles. Listen to podcasts and interviews. Try to read or listen to something valuable each morning while you eat breakfast or work out. Preferably, read success stories about others who achieved similar dreams to yours. You will gain crucial knowledge and the stories will motivate you every day and help you think positively. You can get started with a simple Google search.

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5. Network at every opportunity

Go to networking events or just parties and dinners with friends. Take every chance you get to learn from others and build a network. Be open to new people and always help others, even if you don’t have any direct benefits from it for the moment. A strong network is key, no matter what you want to achieve in life. Your help will be remembered and doors can open — you never know who has what kind of power in making things happen. Perhaps it will benefit your dream in the long run.

6. Review your strategy and progress

Keep evaluating your strategy and progress of your goals. Maybe you need to pivot and adjust the goals? Maybe you need different goals? Are you getting the expected results? Keep evaluating what you do and amend if needed. Keeping track of success and how you achieved it is valuable information to have in order to know what works well and what doesn’t. You will learn from your mistakes and they will help you develop. Evaluating your methods is necessary so you know if you’re on the right track or not.

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7. Exercise for 30 minutes a day

Take care of your body and soul. To keep the mind in shape and be productive, creative, and motivated, you need to stay healthy. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes per day — it will do miracles for your motivation and mind.

8. Celebrate each milestone

When you reach milestones and goals, celebrate and praise yourself. You have accomplished goals and you should be rewarded for it. Don’t forget to have fun and celebrate success along the way. This will motivate you and you will feel that you are moving forward and closer to your dream. Make sure these celebrations are appealing to you. Perhaps you might buy yourself a small gift or treat yourself to an indulgent dinner with friends — whatever keeps you motivated.

Have these little habits in mind and you will get closer to your dreams each day!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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