I think when it comes down to it, if you really want something to work out in your life, then you have to put in the legwork and effort into achieving that dream. Some people are luckier than others; having people already in their lives who can help them to reach their end goal, but if you’re like me and don’t know these specific people, it comes down to a lot of hard work and a desire to succeed.
I have had a lot of trouble with my drive to move forward with everything lately, but it’s a personal issue and I know that it will only be a momentary disruption on the road to success. For others these dreams can seem a long way off, roadblock upon roadblock being put in their way. I know from personal experience that in these situations it can seem so simple just to give up and throw in the towel on the whole situation. My advice to anyone finding themselves in this particular boat is to ask yourself five simple questions.
Question One: Who? Who do you see yourself becoming if you can reach this goal? Who are you now?
For me my end goal is to become a published author. I want nothing more than to have people being exposed to my work and enjoying the worlds and journeys that they go on within each of my books. As for who I am now, well I’ve always been the type of person who wants to succeed in anything I put my focus towards in life. I want to reach my target and will be willing to put myself out there to achieve it.
Question Two: What? What do you want out of this dream? What drives you towards your end goal?
As above, I want people to enjoy and appreciate the stories and worlds that I have to offer; almost as an escape from reality, which most would agree, is a welcome thing given the current state of the world. What drives me is that I have always doubted myself compared to my friends growing up or people who have been on my courses throughout my life in education. This is almost my ‘I can do it too’ moment. Teachers used to tell me I was good at creative writing, but I never listened to them because compared to my friends academically I was painfully average. It might be severely late, but now I’m finally taking note of my teachers and tutors words of encouragement. Better late than never, right?
Question Three: Where? Where do you see yourself once you’ve made it to your end goal?
I don’t see myself changing as a person when I make it to my goal; I’ll be happier, sure, but it won’t be a ‘look at me, I’m a published author and now I’m above you’ kind of thing. I genuinely see myself as being a happier more fulfilled person once I’ve made it there. Given the way things currently are, the sooner I make it there the better.
Question Four: When? When do you see this as being an achievable target? When do you think you’ll finally make it there?
This is a tough one to narrow down. There can be a variety of factors that could speed up or hinder this process, but giving yourself a rough timeframe can help with productivity and give you something to strive for. For me, my first book is completed and if I chose to I could happily self publish it and have a book out there for people to read and hopefully enjoy, but I’m holding out for a publisher to pick it up at the moment, so outside forces are determining when the goal will be achieved. My goal is still to have something, be it a novel, show, web-series or game to have been made by the time 2018 ends. That gives me a whole year to tackle the difficult situation of being noticed by a publisher or production company.
Finally and probably most importantly is question five. Why? Why are you doing this?
If you can’t find a good reason as to why you’re doing this then maybe it isn’t the right path for you. Some people act purely on logic, where if it doesn’t seem logical then they won’t do it; I’m not one of those people. As I stated above this is more than just a goal to me, I have a point to prove to myself and those who know me. I can do this and I am worth more than the value of my parts. The road might be a long one but I can’t give up and take another road. I’ve invested far too much time into it for that to be a viable option. I’ve had opportunities to do other things, but maybe it’s my pride, I don’t know but I refuse to steer from this path unless I truly had no other choice.
I don’t know if the above questions will be any use to you but they have helped to stop myself from giving up and have on many occasions refocused my drive and will to succeed.
Thank you for reading.