The start of a new year energizes people. A lot will get inspired and make “New Year’s Resolutions”. Some will stick to it, while most will just fall by the wayside. Friends will make light of it by turning it into a joke. And before you know it, the dream has died. The reason most people fail to achieve the goals they set for themselves is because they are too content with their lives to change it.

You need to get out of your comfort zone to achieve your goals.

I just recently watched a TED talk by writer Luvvie Ajayi where she talks about fear preventing us from attaining our purpose. Readers of this blog are mostly persons who dream of someday getting a job abroad. You have plans, but you don’t act on it. What is preventing you from bagging your dream?

Don’t let fear dictate your actions

In Facebook forums that I’ve joined, I’ve seen people comment, “I’m too old, do you think I should still give nursing a try?” “I’m afraid of going to the Middle East because of the horror stories I’ve heard!” “I want to go abroad but I don’t know how to.” It’s actually easier to go on as you are, because it’s what you’re used to. It’s frightening to do something that you haven’t tried before. A lot of things could go wrong in your imagination. But what if everything goes right?

The hardest step is the first one

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Keep a laser focus towards your goals.

Stepping into the unknown is kind of like stepping from off of a cliff. You don’t know where you’ll fall, if it’s too far and you’ll get broken. It does not mean that the second and third steps are any easier, but that first step is one step closer to achieve your goals.

Live it everyday

Various websites say that it takes 21 days to make a habit stick. It’s actually more complicated than that. For you to achieve your goals, you have to live it everyday. Think about getting there everyday. Make it a habit to look to a future of having achieved your goals. Set aside time to think about your goals and what you have done to realize your dreams. Contentment is fine, but it soon becomes boredom.

You’ve only got one life to live

Millennials said it truly, “YOLO (You Only Live Once)!” Take the plunge and see where it leads you. It’s better to say you dreamt and tried than to say you dreamt and watched the dream fade away.