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7 Ways to Enjoy Working Toward Your Dream

7 Ways to Enjoy Working Toward Your Dream

Working toward your big dream is hard work. Some dreams take years to achieve and a huge amount of effort. Although pursuing your dream is hard work, there’s good things about the process too. It’s easy, and only natural, to get overwhelmed from time to time, but it’s important to enjoy working toward your dream. Often it’s as simple as knowing how to look at your situation. Here are seven ways to enjoy working toward your dream.

1. Allow yourself time for exploration without forcing a result

One of the best things about working toward a dream is that there’s room to explore. When your dream isn’t set in stone, there’s time to discover many wonderful possibilities. Although your to-do list might seem overwhelming sometimes, always give yourself the time to explore. You never know what exciting new things might come from it.

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2. Take time off to recharge your batteries

When you’re working toward your dream, it’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to be active all the time. However, this is not healthy and won’t do you any favors in the long run. Always take time off to recharge your batteries. If you’re feeling strain, it’s a sign from your body that you need to slow down. Make sure you listen to it. Your body will thank you, and your mind will reward you with fresher and more innovative ideas when you do get back to work.

3. Be open to new things

When you’re working toward your dream, nothing is set in stone. That’s a great thing. Be open to new things, and always give yourself room to change course if necessary. You can’t always predict the direction things will take or what opportunities might come your way. Always be open to new possibilities, and you’ll be rewarded handsomely.

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4. Get to know the people you meet along the way

The people you meet along the way to achieving your dream are some of the most important people you’ll ever meet. Don’t rush through so quickly that you don’t get the chance to really know them. These people are your peers and mentors, so make the most of your time together. If you invest your time in getting to know the people you meet along the way, these relationships can be truly invaluable and last a lifetime.

5. Take joy in the unexpected discoveries

When you’re working toward your dream, there are so many new things happening that unexpected discoveries are bound to come your way. Take joy in these things no matter how small they are. After all, it’s the little things that count.

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6. Make the most of the spare time you have

No matter how hard you’re working toward your dream, there’s always going to be those special pockets of spare time. Make the most of them by getting out and doing something fun. Go on adventures, meet new people and let loose. You deserve it. Whether you’ve got the time and money for an amazing overseas adventure in an exotic location or simply an afternoon walk in your local park, get out there and do something.

7. Always remember why you started

You started on this path because you believed in something with all your heart, so much so that you were willing to pour everything into it. When the going gets tough, take a moment to remember why you started in the first place. By coming back to the core reason of your endeavors, you’ll re-center your motivation and find the energy to keep going.

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Are you working toward a big dream? What are some things you do everyday to enjoy working toward it?

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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