Written by: Anna Filatova, Executive Contributor
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I’ve always had a lot of dreams. I've wanted to be an entrepreneur since I was 14, but I only had the courage to pursue it and make it a reality almost 20 years later. And it was the best decision I've ever made.
When I look back at my journey, I don't regret anything, as the experience, knowledge, and connections that I've gained during this time are priceless. However, I still wish I started sooner.
There are many things that are stopping people from going after their dreams, but here are the most common obstacles that many of my clients have had to overcome in order to become successful:
Not knowing what they want specifically.
Thinking that past experiences create their future.
The voices in their heads telling them that their dreams are not worth anything.
Not knowing where to start.
Waiting for the "right moment."
Not making their dreams a priority.
Giving up before seeing results
Sabotaging themselves when things go well
I get it. It's scary. It's uncomfortable. But just imagine how you would feel to achieve your dreams and live the life you've always wanted?
So here are 8 simple tips that will help you to move forward:
Have a clear vision.
How do you want your life to be? Be very specific, and don't be afraid to imagine something that might not feel real for you yet. It’ll help you to stay motivated, enthusiastic, and committed to your dreams.
Turn your vision/dreams into goals.
Your dreams might be too big, so break them down into chunks and set goals. You don't really need any specific time frames yet but be as specific as you can.
Break your goals into smaller steps.
I can't stress enough how important this is. You will be surprised how much you can achieve in a week if you set small steps and goals instead of very large ones. Every little step you take brings you closer to your goals.
Identify potential obstacles.
What exactly is standing between you and your goals? What are your current challenges and barriers? Awareness is important for success, so it will be much easier to overcome it if you know what could stop you.
Be curious, learn new things, and be open-minded. Knowledge is power as new information and continued learning nourishes our minds. Learning new things gives us a feeling of accomplishment and boosts our confidence in our own skills and capabilities.
Find a mentor or hire a coach. Trying to do something alone isn't easy, but with the right help and support, you will achieve what you're looking for much faster and more efficiently.
Celebrate your successes.
Any win or achievement, no matter how big or small it is, is worth celebrating. It’ll help you to stay positive and motivated and boost your self-esteem and confidence to take the next steps towards your dreams.
Enjoy the journey, and don't give up.
There will be days when you won't feel motivated, and you’ll want to give up, but if you stay focused and remind yourself of your vision and big goals, it’ll help you to stay on track. And one day, you’ll wake up, and your dreams become a reality.
I believe that we all are capable of so much more. This is what my company Dreams and Beyond Coaching are about. It's about unlocking that full potential and creating the life and business or career that is better than your dreams.
Anna Filatova, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Anna is the founder of Dreams and Beyond Coaching Ltd, a coaching and mentoring firm that was founded in March 2020. The company offers a variety of services including coaching, mentoring, one day intensives, group programs, team coaching and personality profiling.
From a young age, Anna has been curious about learning and development and areas such as personal fulfilment, potential and success. She has always believed that people have hidden potential and by believing in them, challenging and mentoring them, she has helped a large number of individuals to thrive and achieve high results in their careers and lives.
Anna earned a Honours BA Degree in Business Studies in International Hotel Management from National University of Ireland Galway in 2011 and a MBA for Executives with Global Perspective from London School of Commerce in 2015. She has been awarded the Brainz CREA Global Award 2021 in recognition for her creative and innovative ideas, and adaptability in business.
Before becoming a certified coach, Anna spent 9 years in Hotel Management and 5 years in Investment Banking. When she was 25, she had burnout that made her realize that health, well-being and work-life balance are more important than killing herself for a fast career progression.
As a Business and Success Coach, Anna helps entrepreneurs, business owners and their teams to strive for success in business and their personal lives without feeling stuck, overwhelmed and burned out. She ensures that they have all essential tools and resources for development, growth and success.