Follow Your Dreams in 2022: How to Get Started
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman.
In a world full of distractions and dissatisfaction, it can be easy to get caught up in the grind of everyday life and let your true passions fall by the wayside. Between balancing work, home, errands, and other peoples’ needs, wants, and opinions, it’s all too simple to lose sight of what you really care about. But in the words of civil rights leader Howard Thurman, what the world needs most is people who have come alive. Pursuing your passions might just be the best way to make the world a better place for everyone - including yourself.
But where do you start? And how can you make sure you stay on track to fulfill your goals?
If you want to start making your dreams a reality, here are a few simple but highly effective steps you can take to make 2022 your best year yet.
Make a List of What Makes You Happy
You might already know what you’re moving towards - whether it’s a fitness goal, a professional milestone, or an artistic accomplishment. Your dreams don’t always have to be achieving something concrete - maybe you just want to feel happier in 2022.
To get started, make a list of activities that make you feel fulfilled. What do you want to make time for in 2022? Where do you want to see yourself at the end of it? Write out a list of what matters most, and let those priorities direct your goal setting.
How You Set Goals Matters
Setting goals isn’t only for starting the new year. At any point in your life, no matter your age or where you are, you can start by setting achievable goals for you to follow. According to Positive Psychology, the most helpful type of goal to set is an approach-directed goal instead of an avoidance goal.
Examples of approach-directed goals include:
- “I want to practice my music for an hour every day.”
- “I want to learn as much as I can from this class.”
- “I want to be on time for work every day.”
Examples of less helpful avoidance-based goals might be:
- “I want to stop wasting so much time watching TV.”
- “I don’t want to have the lowest grade in the class.”
- “I want to stop being late for work.”
By phrasing your goals as positive milestones to look forward to, you can motivate yourself towards success without shaming yourself for any perceived negative traits. And once you get going, seeing the progress you make can be addictive, offering a dopamine hit that pushes you to the next level.
Hustling is all about increasing your overall happiness. Setting goals is a proven way to keep yourself moving and motivated towards your dreams. Remember that you can start at any point and that temporarily losing sight of a goal, or taking time away from it to rest, doesn’t mean you’re backsliding. If your goals are aligned with your priorities and phrased in positive, non-stigmatizing ways, then you’ve set yourself up for success. 2022 can and will be the year of you!
Sure, achieving your dreams is not easy, and there are many factors that many of us have no control over. But that doesn't mean you can't try and hustle for your goals. It's important to be aware of what makes you happy, set approach-directed goals, and stay focused at every step of the process. And remember: it's never too late to start! It may sound like a cliche, but dreams can genuinely come true with the right mindset and preparation.