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You’re Not Satisfied (and it’s time to do something about it) Achieve Your Dream

You’re not satisfied. You’re not. You know it and I know it. You want more, you want better – you want to strive and reach, and you want to make it.

Whatever making it is for you, perhaps it is writing a book and having it in displayed in a bookstore window or painting a beautiful picture to be displayed in an art gallery.

There’s only one way to do it. There’s only one way to make it happen.

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The way to make it happen is to give in to your dream. To go all out to achieve whatever it is you want, wherever it is you want to go, and never give up.

No. Never give up. That is not an option.

If you want something bad enough, you’ve got to do everything it takes to get it, even if that means learning or trying something new, or failing.

You’ve got to do it.

Don’t put your dream off until tomorrow. (Tweet This)

Don’t do that. If you do you’ll never reach tomorrow.

You need to do something today, something that will start you in the direction you want to go.

You know what you want, and you know where you want to go.

If you could reach out far enough, you know you could touch it.


Start now.

Do one thing today that will put you on your path. Only. One. Thing. (Tweet This)

Take that first step.

There is no other step you can take that is more important to your success and achieving your dream of being a bestselling author or painting a masterpiece.

One step at a time. Typing one word at a time. Stroking the brush across the canvas one stroke at a time.

That’s the only way it will work, that’s the only way you will get where you want to go.

If you keep moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other, resistance won’t stop you, fear won’t impede you, and you’ll get there.

Here are a few tips to help get you started (or to regroup):

It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.

―Jim Rohn (Tweet This Quote)

1) Identify your dream.

Be honest with yourself – what do you want? Write it down.

Sometimes you want something, but you only have a vague idea of what it is and this uncertainty causes confusion, frustration and perpetual delay. Or, you end up starting down many paths, but never reaching any destination.

For a lot of people, not being clear to themselves about what they want and where they want to go is the number one reason they never truly start.

Consider this: What is your dream, the real one – the one you are afraid of?

Yep, that one.

If you like, write it in the comments (I’d love to know).

2) Identify the steps you need to take.

Just as you wrote down your goal, so too must you write down the steps you need to take. You might not know all of the steps right now and that’s okay, but create an outline of what you already know you need to do.

Start asking the right questions of the right people and research the rest.

3) Remove the “But if’s”… 

No one has all of the tools or the knowledge they need at first. You must start where you are.

The perfect time is now with what you already have: Ambition and an honest goal.

You’ll acquire the rest as you go, so trust that you’ll find the answers and get the tools you need. Seek and you shall find, but start.

Consider acquiring one new tool today.

Perhaps purchase a new pen, a pen that feels wonderful between your fingers and writes with a feeling across the page that you enjoy. Or perhaps visit the local art store after work and purchase a new canvas, the size, shape and texture that looks and feels good to you.

4) Good enough.

Try not to worry too much about if your writing is good enough or if your painting is good enough. You will grow as a writer or as a painter, or whatever type of artist you are, as you journey towards your dream.

This is normal for everyone.

Consider reading my free eBook Good Enough.

5) Measure your distance.

From time to time take stock by examining where you’ve been, what you’ve done, where you are going, and what you still need to do.

Adjust your sail as needed.

6) Overcome failure.

There’s nothing wrong with adjusting your sail because there will be times when you must, but you can’t do that if you let roadblocks and setbacks keep you down.

Most of the things you try will fail. Expect it. Learn and grow from it.

Remember this quote and keep it close:

Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure… it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.

~Robert Schuller (Tweet This Quote)

7) Believe to achieve.

Contrary to what you may have been told, people do not just believe in themselves and their abilities for no reason.

Self-belief comes from practice, doing and overcoming.

The more you do, the more you work towards your dream, and the more failure you prevail over, the more you will come to believe in yourself.

So you see, if you do not fail, work it out and continue, then you cannot attain the self-belief you need to achieve your dream.

Too many people think they must believe first. No. You must start first. Self-belief must be earned. That’s why most people start out afraid and that’s perfectly okay.

8) One step at a time.

Above all, always remember, it takes one step at a time, and then the next step.

Don’t try to jump over or skip steps, that’s usually what causes setbacks. You don’t need to get ahead of yourself.

As I said: You will get there, so trust that you will.

9) Enjoy the journey.

Relish it and treasure it. Because when you do finally achieve your dream you will realize it was the journey that made achieving it so very special and not just the wanting it.

If we magically got whatever we wanted today, then what adventure would we have and what growth would we attain?

Now go forth, and do one thing to achieve your dream, and then the next.

Are you ready? I believe you are. Share in the comments.

If you’re a blogger, write a post about starting on your path to achieving your dream, and then post the link in the comments. I’d love to read it.  (TW)

Reminder: Joe Bunting is about to begin his Story Cartel Writing Course for a new class! It’s a great opportunity for you to learn and grow in your writing.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • i think you’re right and people are getting weary. I am attempting to launch both books in the near future, plus I am putting together an eBook which is a compilation of some of my articles. I get weary. Good post, Bryan.

    • Barbara Drewry

      Anne – If anyone will reap a wonderful harvest from the hard work and dedication that has led to weariness, it is you. Blessings always – Barbara 🙂 PTL

    • I think Anne, some of us try to do too much too fast. It’s all about one step at a time. There’s not need to do it all overnight. And I totally agree with Barbara, you will reap the rewards of your work!

  • Ashley


    We all have wonderful dreams; I hope everyone can follow them.

    • Ashley, I read your post and I understand where you are coming from. That’s a big problem today about believing college will be the answer to everything. College is education, nothing more and nothing less. I do not call college preparation for the working world, because it is not. The working world is totally different and now a days, sadly, the jobs that used to exist for graduates do not exist anymore. When it comes to education we are still living in the 50’s and I don’t know when that will change.

      What is YOUR dream, the real one – the one you are afraid of? That’s the one… tell us about that dream and what’s the next step you are going to take to reaching it?

  • troy mc laughlin

    Everest is still climbed one step at a time. My wife just read a tweet about the baseball pitcher Andy Pettit who won his first game 18 years ago. He has now won his 250th game. That never happens without winning his first game and continuing on his 18 year journey. One never equals 250 but you never reach 250 without going through one. I’m choosing to conquer one. Thanks Bryan

    • So true, Troy. Thank you for sharing that story.

      There’s always the ‘first’ because nothing comes after without the before. Go forth, conquer ‘one’ 🙂

  • I love your encouragement! You know what? I’m not discouraged. I look back over the last couple of years and I never, ever dreamed I would encounter all these wonderful people and share the writing craft with them. I hope I can reach my next goal of co-writing a book, but like you said, one step at a time.

    • Thank you, Kathleen! And I love your enthusiasm, it is contagious 🙂
      You will write that book, somehow I know it.

      Btw: Thanks to a few questions a fellow TW’er wrote me, I added some tips to the post.

    • oddznns

      Such vim and vigour!

      • I know, big talker, right?

        • oddznns

          But you are full of LIFE!

  • AnthonyDejolde

    An ancient philosopher, Lao-Tzu, said it well, ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’.

    This post touched me in a special way, Bryan. Thanks for sharing it. I’ll write a post on ‘starting on your path to achieving your dream’; however, I have a post on my blog I wrote last November of last year, which is quite related to this particular post.

    Please allow me to share the link http://wp.me/p2APnj-bP
    I hope this will benefit our fellow writers.

    Have an amazing day!

    • AnthonyDejolde

      It’s called ‘Moving one step at a time’. 🙂 …and I wrote it last year!

      • I’ll read it today. Actually, you caught me while I was updating this post before it goes out to subscribers. Someone emailed me some questions yesterday evening and I thought I’d add my answers to this post in the form of tips. Let me know what you think of them. I should be finished adding them in an hour or so.
        Thanks, Anthony!

        • AnthonyDejolde

          Sure Bryan. I’ll do it with gusto! 🙂

    • That’s awesome, Anthony! Yes, of course, you can always share here. I’m going to check out your post.

      • AnthonyDejolde

        Great Bryan! I’m honored. If I can show the insides of my heart now, you’ll see a genuine smile.:)

  • AnthonyDejolde

    Bryan I think that both versions are good in their own special way. However, this updated one drives the points more intensely ‘cuz of the numbered tips. It elaborates each point in a manner that is easier to consume.

    Stay awesome!

    • Thanks Anthony. And that’s why I love when readers send me emails (or comments) with questions! Without that email I probably would not have added the tips! 🙂 Now, I’m going to head over and read your post.

      • AnthonyDejolde

        You’re welcome and thanks for visiting my blog. It’s an honor.:)

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  • I finally finished writing my blog post about my upcoming book (which was just another idea of many until I read your post.) But as you said, I have to start somewhere. So I just set a tentative date for launching my first Manifesto.

    Here’s the link to my post. http://rocksolidfamily.com/if-i-only-had-one-day-left/

    • Great post, Anastacia. Thanks for participating and I like the title of your book, it is rock solid! 🙂

  • oddznns

    Hi Bryan, I just saw the cover for Happy Every Day. Who designed it. It’s snap happy beautiful!