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No Time to Go After Your Dream? How to Turn Your Dreams Into Reality in Five Minutes a Day and Other Tips for Time-Stressed Dreamers

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"Cokie Roberts"

By Valerie Young

This article originally appeared in Issue 205 of the Changing Course Newsletter.

You've already made up your mind that there has to be more to life than careers, cubicles, and commuting. Yet, the prospect of making a major life change when you're already feeling caught between a “clock and a hard place,” feels overwhelming.

Here are five simple steps even the busiest person seeking a major career change can take to get the process rolling:

1. Turn griping time into planning time.

How much time do you spend every week blowing off steam about your lousy job? Instead of wasting precious time complaining about what you DON’T want, use the time to create a clear mental picture of what you DO want. Then make a plan for getting from here to there. Five minutes a day spent working your plan will move you far closer to your goal than 15 minutes of griping.

2. Keep your goal front and center.

Get out your calendar and set a target date for when you want your new life to begin. Besides being a great source of motivation, knowing how much time you have until "D-Day" lets you create a realistic plan for hitting it. Next, find creative ways to keep your dream, literally, in your face. As you come across images or quotes that reflect your dream, place them around your workspace, in your daily planner, on the refrigerator – any place you're sure to regularly "see" your destination.

3. Buy with an eye to the future.

If your dream involves working from the comfort of home, you probably won't need all those business suits overrunning your closet. Resolve now to make do with the work wardrobe you already have. When you do take the leap, you can donate your business attire to an organization like Dress for Success that assists men and women just entering the job market. Spend the money you've saved instead on things you'll need for your new career or venture – like courses, buying or upgrading a home office computer, purchasing equipment, inventory, and so on.

4. Avoid the nay-seers.

Erma Bombeck once said, “It takes a lot of courage to show someone else your dreams.” Erma knew that most people – especially those closest to you – tend to discourage change of any kind. Unfortunately, other people's skepticism, like the flu, can be contagious. And, unless you've built up your immune system, these dream killers can knock you for a loop. Don’t look for support from pessimistic family or friends. Instead seek out people who can give your dream the support it deserves. 

5. Do what you can – but DO SOMETHING.

As one Chinese proverb reminds us, moving a mountain begins by lifting one stone. To keep from being overwhelmed – while still making headway – break your larger goal down into more manageable steps. Then, no matter how hectic your day, pledge to take at least one small step. Before you know it you’ll have turned your dreams into your life.

P.S. If you're a time-stressed dreamer who has decided that the time has come to get a grip on your time-management skills then you may want to check out Jeff Vacek's new program. It’s called “Go Be Productive!” I’ve met Jeff a few times now and have always been impressed with his work (and I love his relaxed Texas style!)

From what I can tell, this program is going to require you to dedicate some time to analyze and then undo some of those bad time and project management habits that are getting in your way. BUT the time you invest in learning to be more productive – and therefore reach your goals faster – will be worth it.
Go Be Productive! at ChangingCourse.com/recommends/gobeproductive

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  1. Becky Barkdoll

    Valerie,
    You are an inspiration! I love getting your newsletter. It always makes me rethink just what I think is possible.
    Many Blessings,
    Becky

  2. Here’s a tip that’s working for me. I set a goal to work on my writing for 8 hours a week, for 8 weeks to see where it gets me. To keep track of the time, I’m using a free “punch clock” at http://www.mrkent.com/punchclock/index.htm. It works much better for me than trying to keep track with pencil and paper. After 8 weeks, I want to see if it will be realistic to cut my J-O-B hours by 8 a week, which would then increase my writing time to 16 hours a week!

    The amount of time committed to the project isn’t key — it’s going to vary for everyone. What makes the difference is the action and the PERSISTENCE.

  3. Marilyn

    Hi, Valerie — I’m back in the flow of things! I so appreciate your newsletter, words and wisdom. Best wishes, Marilyn

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